Text Box: Text Box: Text Box: JRK’s grand father Philip was a ‘white cooper’ a trade he passed on to William, JRK’s father who had added brushes rope and twine to his trade. JRK describes himself as a ‘cooper’ then ‘master cooper’ in census returns .
Text Box: John Richard Kaighin’s Story.
Text Box: Journeyman cooper: This is an experienced cooper. He could operate his own business and be able to train young apprentices. He was not allowed to make a barrel until he had worked six years as an apprentice. I asked what he did for all those years; he explained that there were a lot of tools to take care of like long knives, as he pointed to several hanging above his workbench. Just look at all these tools! There are hammers and hand adzes and axes. They all need to be kept sharp. Apprenticeship: In order to acquire a trade a young man went to work for a master craftsman. This usually took seven years. The men were given many rules to follow regarding religion, behaviour after work, or who their friends should be. White coopers  Formed buckets, pails, churns, tubs and other household goods from the more easily worked cedar and pine.  White cooper - one who makes barrels from tin or other light metals,  is a more modern definition .
Text Box: Text Box: 143 Chester Street
JRK 26 Philip 21  
Richard  19 William 17
Margaret Corkhill (Gran) 89
Eleanor + Thomas
      Ann Hall Servant
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 157 Chester Street
William +Margaret
Louisa  JRK 16 James 13  Philip 11 Richard  9
            William 7
Text Box: 1851
Text Box: 1871
Text Box: 1881
Text Box: 1841
Text Box:                      Christian 
 Thomas and Eleanor
 41 Grange Lane  B’head
                     Birkenhead
Text Box: William and Margaret 
Louisa,  JRK 6, 
           James 3
Text Box: William and  Margaret Louisa
   2 Frank Street 
   court 3.
           Liverpool
Text Box: Philip and  Christian
Thomas Eleanor Margaret 
Douglas IOM
Text Box: 1851
Text Box: Philip and Christian Margaret, Thomas and Eleanor 79 Park Road 
   Toxteth  Liverpool
Text Box: 1861
Text Box: Eleanor +Thomas 
 Market ; h  99
  Exmouth Street 
Text Box: 1874
Text Box: 1901
Text Box: 101 Borough Road
JRK 36 and Emily M Smith 
Emily, Florence Katie Ethel 
Louisa Sykes
Text Box: 1891
Text Box: Cooperage at 38 Bridge Street.
Text Box: 1874
Text Box: 1894
Text Box: Kelly's Directory of  Chester 1894
Cooper at 125 Church Street B’head.
Text Box: 1896
Text Box: Kelly's Directory of Chester 1896
Brush dealer at Princes Street B’head.
Text Box: 1896
Text Box: Kelly's Directory of Chester 1896
Brush dealer at
 Sussex  Street B’head
Text Box: 1896
Text Box: Kelly's Directory of Chester 1896
Cooper at 125 
Pilgrim Street 
B’head 
Text Box: 1900
Text Box: Gore Directory of L’pool +B’head 
Cooper at 
21 Hinderton Road Tranmere
Text Box: 1902
Text Box: Kelly's Directory of Chester 1902
 Cooper at Ivy Street
Text Box: 1902
Text Box: Kelly's Directory of Chester 1902
Cooper at 138 
Market place 
Text Box: 1914
Text Box: Kelly’s  Directory of Chester 1914
Cooper at 68 Alma St
B’head
Text Box: P.6 Olives book
Corner of Henry Street, Overlooking Hay Market.
Text Box: He started writing after being widowed, publishing in 1918 and 1925.  Reading the first book aloud you can almost hear him preaching. He quotes the dying Sir Walter Scott as saying ‘there is but one book~ …. the Bible’.  Kaighin’s book even ends with a hymn.  JRK died on the 26th August  1931 age 76  and is buried at Flaybrick with his wife and four daughters. (see gravestone photo).
Text Box: We do not know if he made buckets or barrels, but he does run a brushes dealership in two premises in 1896. He continued to move premises regularly.

Cooper using a

barrel stay

Could  William, Thomas, James, JRK and Philip and Christian have looked like this?

At  the age of 19, Emily Margaret married 28 year old John Richard Kaighin (JRK) who was  third generation cooper. The family had been recorded in the coopering trade since 1841. JRK’s  family had moved about  the Isle of Man before arriving in Birkenhead via Liverpool but separately . They  moved at least once every 10 years.