suggestions provoked a very intense scrutiny on my part of the various Kaighin
families that I now have connected together.
There was nothing that you suggested that I could dispute, although I initially
attempted to disprove a couple of the connections you suggested because they
conflicted with what I had thought I had already proven. But after reviewing the relevant records I
was able to prove all of your suggested links and then some. For example, Charles married an Agnes in
To see a full break down of this entire branch of Kaighins, click here
First, your questions:
I cant connect charles b1835 and philip b 1836 as being brothers except for the dates and place (mirfield) and using the same assumption as ron that they were brothers
In addition to the
i also cant connect charles b1857 to charles b1835 except possibly for Philip b 1862
- 1834 Charles, christened 9 Nov 1834, Kirk Michael, IOM, Illegitimate son of Margaret Boyd
- Charles James Kaighin, son of Charles Kaighin and Margaret Lace, christened 21 Jan 1857, Ballaugh, IOM
- Twins Philip and William, sons of Charles Kaighin and Margaret Lace christened 21 Aug 1862, Kirk Michael, IOM
- 1881 British Census. Stevensons Row, Mirfield, York, England. Charles (head) 46 (born about 1835 IOM), Married (no wife listed),
Charles James was the brother of Philip who was born in 1862. Both were the sons of Charles Kaighin and
Margaret Lace. In the 1881 Census, father Charles and son Philip are found living together, connecting brother Charles
born in 1857 with the father Charles born in 1835
i have nothing to say who charles's (b1835)father was
Since he is the brother of Philip (as show in the 1841 and 1851 census records) and Philip’s marriage certificate in 1866 to Ann Comish
shows his father to be Thomas Kaighin, and both share the surname Kaighin, than it can be assumed that they both shared the same
Kaighin father (unless there were two Kaighin fathers.)
I also seem to have the possible death of the 2nd charles b 1809 that sue sides says you have as charles's (b1857) parent and
also the possible death of margaret lace (kaighen)in 1862 but they could be anyone really
Ignore the Charles born in 1809, he is irrelevant to this family. Do not, however, ignore the Margaret Kaighin who died in 1862, about
eight days after the birth of her twin sons, Philip and William. She likely died of complications from the childbirth.
as sue sides has said there seems to be a big gap before charles b1857
There were only two records that can be found between the first Philip’s death in 1838 and Charles Kaighin and Margaret Lace’s marriage in 1856.
These are the 1841 and 1851 census records. That’s because there were no BMD (Birth, Marriage, Death) events in this family between those years.
The records appear to show three children, Charles, Philip and Philip born to Margaret Boyd(e) who was born in Jurby about
1898 to a Thomas Kaighin. I haven’t seen any hard proof yet of who this Thomas Kaighin was, but there is some circumstantial evidence that
suggests that he is the Thomas Kaighin born 17 December 1815 in Ballaugh, IOM. If this is the case, then he was much younger than Margaret
Boyde; being 18 and she being about 35 at the birth of their first child Charles Kaighin. This Thomas was the oldest of nine children
of Thomas Kaighin and Ann Callister who farmed Close Rhenny and Croit Tommy Glenshaggle in Ballaugh. The younger Thomas
(who was actually Thomas Kaighin IV) can be found living with three of his siblings at Close Rhenny in the 1881 census. The elder
Thomas died about 4 May 1870 and left Close Rhenny to his heir Thomas:
Will of Thomas Kaighin
I Thomas Kaighin, farmer, in the parish of Ballaugh considering the
uncertainty of this life and being of sound and disposing mind memory
and understanding do make publish and declare this my last will and
testament in the following manner viz:
First I commend my soul to God and my body to Christian burial. Secondly I
leave devise and bequeath to every one who may claim any interest in my will
the sum of one shilling legacy.
Thirdly I leave devise and bequeath to my son Thomas Kaighin all my
right title and interest in to and unto all and singular that and those
lands and premises in the parish of Ballaugh called Close Rhenny to me
belonging and on which I now reside with the dwelling house and out
offices erected thereon, save and except that the said Thomas Kaighin
his heirs executors administrators assigns do pay to my daughter Ellenor
Kaighin the sum of fifty pounds, the said fifty pounds to be a lien and
charge upon the aforesaid lands and premises dwelling house and out offices
thereon erected hereby bequeathed until the same fully
discharged and payable to the aforesaid Elenor Kaighin an his the said
Thomas Kaighin his heirs executors administrators or assigns taking possess
of the aforesaid lands and called Close Rhenny adjoining the
High Road leading to the Curraghs.
Fourthly I leave devise and bequeath to my son Humphrey Kaighin all and
singular my right title and interest in to and unto those lands and
premises situated in the parish of Ballaugh called and known as Croit Tommy
Glenshaggle with the dwelling house and out offices erected thereon to me
belonging and adjoining the road leading to the Ellans and also joins the
land of Mary Mylecraine(widow,) and others the said Humphrey Kaighin paying
all encumbrances thereon and I also leave to the said son Humphrey Kaighin my
Fifthly I leave devise and bequeath to my son William Kaighin the sum of one
Sixthly I leave devise and bequeath to my son Robert Kaighin the sum of one
Seventhly I leave devise and bequeath to my son James Kaighin now in
should he return and claim an interest in my will the sum of one pound legacy.
Eighthly I leave devise and bequeath to my daughter Ann Kaighin the sum
of one pound legacy.
Ninthly I leave devise and bequeath to my granddaughter Eliza Teare the sum
of ten pounds legacy.
Lastly I nominate ordain and appoint my aforesaid son Thomas Kaighin whole
and sole executor and residuary legatee of all and singular the
rest residue and remainder of my personal estate, monies, goods, chattels,
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my mark to my name, this the
Fifth day of September one thousand eight hundred and sixty six. 1866.
Thomas Kaighin his mark X
Signed and delivered in presence of the undersigned
At a Chapter Court held at Ramsey on the 27th day of May 1870.
Thomas Callister and Robert Kaighin the subscribing witness to the execution
of the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will
and testament of Thomas Kaighin deceased having made oath upon the Holy
Evangelists that said testator Thomas Kaighin when of sound mind memory and
understanding duly signed and executed the same as and for his last will and
testament in their presence and that they at the same time in his presence
and in the presence of each other subscribe the
same in attestation thereof Thomas Kaighin the son of the decease the
executor in the said will named is therefore sworn well and truly to
fulfil and execute the said will and to administer all and singular the
personal estate and effects of the said deceased according to law by paying
the just debts and funeral expenses of the deceased and the legacies
contained in his will as far forth as his estate and effects will thereto
extend and the law bind him and to return into the Episcopal Registry of the
Isle and diocese of Sodor and Mann a full true and perfect inventory of all
and singular the said estate and effects with an accurate account of his
administration thereof when thereunto lawfully required and to these ends he
hath given pledges namely John Cashen of Closekelly in the parish of Jurby
and Thomas Callister of Poolhooie in the parish of Ballaugh who have entered
into and executed the usual bond in the presence of the court.
Probatum est R. Jebb
Know all men by these presents that Eleanor Kaighin of Close Rhenny in
the parish of Ballaugh doth hereby own and acknowledge to have received from
John Quine and Sarah Jane Quine his wife both of Close Rhenny aforesaid the
sum of fifty pounds being the amount of a certain legacy bequeathed to the
said Eleanor Kaighin by her father Thomas Kaighin late of Ballaugh deceased
in and by his last will and testament bearing date the Fifth day of September
One thousand eight hundred and sixty six probate whereof was a
holden at Ramsey on the Twenty seventh day of May One thousand eight hundred
and seventy granted to his son Thomas Kaighin the executor named in the said
will together with the further sum of twenty eight pounds with interest
thereon from the 27th day of May 1871 to 27th day of February 1885 at the
rate of four percent per annum such legacy being charged and secured upon a
certain dwelling house and premises in the said parish of Ballaugh called
Close Rhenny now the property of the said John Quine and wife. And the said
Eleanor Kaighin doth hereby release acquit and discharge the said house and
premises of and from all liability claims and demand in respect of the said
legacy and interest thereon and doth direct and request that the said legacy
be and stand cancelled upon record. In witness whereof the said Eleanor
Kaighin hath hereunto subscribed her name this 27th day of June One thousand
eight hundred ninety one.
Eleanor Kaighin her x mark
Witnessed by C. B. Nelson.
At Ramsey 11th July 1891 Charles Banks Nelson the subscribing witness to the
execution of the foregoing instrument who is know to me being duly sworn
saith that Eleanor Kaighin duly executed the same in his presence after the
same had been read over to her.
Before Me John C. Lamothe High Balliff of Ramsey
If the heir Thomas in this will is the father of Charles and Philip, there is no mention of that. This is no surprise since the grand children were
illegitimate. However, there is circumstantial evidence that suggests a very early connection between Thomas and Margaret, or at least
a connection between that Kaighin family and a family of Boydes who lived nearby In the will of Thomas’ mother Ann (Callister) Kaighin in
1879, she bequeathed the lands of Croit Tommy Glenshaggle to her youngest son Humphrey. The parcel was described as “…situated in the
parish of Ballaugh and adjoining the lands of Mary Mylecraine and Boydes field and the road leading to the Ellans…” Is this Boydes field
the proper name of the field, or a reference to ownership? If it’s a reference to ownership, then this may be the family of Boyde’s to which
Margaret belonged. We already know from an entry in the 1851 census that Margaret was born nearby in Jurby.
It is easy to presume that a marriage in 1834 between the then 18 year old Thomas and the 35 year old Margaret was disallowed by Thomas’ parents.
Since he was not of full legal age, which at that time was 21, he was required to receive consent of his parents before being allowed to marry in the
church. Margaret was old enough to be his mother and Thomas’ parents may have objected to that.
The several years that we can track Margaret Boyd(e) and her two or three children, we find her moving often. Although no record can be found
showing Thomas and Margaret living together, it is assumed that she is following him around. Thomas was probably an agricultural laborer
and worked seasonally, which would explain the constant moving, and he doesn’t appear to own land of his own until possessing
Close Rhenny and settling there on his father’s death in 1870 when the younger Thomas was already 55.
Below this section, please see the hand drawn chart of this family.
Listed chronologically, here are the records of the descendants of brothers Charles and Philip Kaighen, illegitimate sons of
Margaret Boyd(e) and Thomas Kaighin:
1834 Charles, christened 9 Nov 1834, Kirk Michael, IOM, Illegitimate son of Margaret Boyd and ?? (assumed to be Thomas Kaighin)
1836 Philip, christened 26 June 1836 Kirk Michael, illegitimate son of Margaret Boyde and ?? (assumed to be Thomas Kaighin)
1838 Philip Kaighin, age 1 is buried on 30 January 1838 in Kirk Malew. He died of smallpox
1839 (about) a second Philip Kaighin born in Castletown, Kirk Malew to Margaret Boyde (father is Thomas Kaighin,
assumed to be same Thomas Kaighin as above.) Later census records indicate that this very likely is the
Philip Kaighin who married Anne Comish in 1866 and moved to Yorkshire between 1874 and 1878.
Father listed on his marriage certificate in 1866 is Thomas Kaighin.
IOM Census, Lambfell Moar, K. German 1 8 36, Margaret Boyde, (40) head, Charles
Kaighin (son) 7, Philip Kaighin (son) 1.
1851 IOM Census, Lambfell Moar, Kirk German, Margaret Boyde, (53) head, b. Jurby, Charles Kaighin (son) 17,
labourer, b. K. Michael, Philip Kaighin (son) , 11 scholar, b. K. Malew.
1856 Charles Kaighin marries Margaret Lace 12 Apr 1856, Ballaugh, IOM
1857 Charles James Kaighin, son of Charles Kaighin and Margaret Lace, christened 21 Jan 1857, Ballaugh, IOM
1858 John Kaighin, son of Charles Kaighin and Margaret Lace, christened 01 Aug 1858, Ballaugh, IOM
1860 Ann Jane Kaighin, daughter of Charles Kaighin and Margaret Lace christened 08 Jul 1860, Ballaugh, IOM
1862 Twins Philip and William, sons of Charles Kaighin and Margaret Lace christened 21 Aug 1862, Kirk Michael, IOM
1862 Margaret (Lace) Kaighin buried 29 August 1862, K. Michael, IOM, age 31 (born about 1831)
(likely died of complications from the birth of the twins eight or so days earlier)
--SPECULATION. Charles moves to Dewsbury sometime between August 1862 and September 1866.
1866 September quarter. Charles Kaighin marries in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire.
1866 September quarter. Margaret Quayle marries in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire
(SPECULATION: This is the Charles Kaighin previously married to Margaret Lace and the
second of three marriage for Charles. At this point, Charles’ youngest child is still only
4 years old, the oldest 9)
Lenora Ann Kaighin, daughter of Philip and Ann Comish christened
Catherine Jane, daughter of Philip and Ann Comish christened
1871 Philip John, son of Philip and Ann Comish, christened Ballaugh 14 June 1871, Ballaugh, IOM
1871 March quarter. George Frederick Kaighin born in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire.
(SPECULATION: This is the son of the above Charles Kaighin and Margaret Quayle)
1871 IOM Census, 59 Carmodyl Moar (Mona House) Ballaugh, Philip Kaighin (head) 26 b. Castletown,
Ann, wife, 29 b. Andreas, Lenora Kaighin Daur 4 - b. Bride, Catharine I. Kaighin Daur 2 - b. Bride
Janetta, daughter of Philip and Ann Comish, christened
1880 December quarter. Unnamed male infant Kaighin died in Dewsbury
1880 December quarter, Charles Kighen married in Barrow in Furness (misspelled surname)
1880 December quarter, Eliza Gibbons married in Barrow in Furness
1881 British Census. Stevensons Row, Mirfield, York, England. Charles (head) 46, Married (no wife listed). b. IOM,
Railway Drayman. Philip (son), 18, Unmarried, b. IOM, Railway Porter. No other family listed. (click here to see
1881 British Census. East Thorpe, Mirfield, York, England. Philip Kaighin (Head), 38, b. IOM, Married, Maltsters Labourer.
Ann (wife) Married, 39, born IOM. And four children listed. These last two census records are ten households apart in
British Census, Barrow in Furness,
Eliza, wife, age 20, b. Staffordshire. (click here to see image)
1884 William Kaighin born in March quarter in Barrow in Furness (son of Charles Kaighin and Eliza Gibbons)
William Comaish Kaighin born
in September quarter
(the son of Philip Kaighin and Anne Comish)
1885 September quarter William Kaighin dies in Barrow in Furness, age 2 (son of Charles K. and Eliza Gibbons)
1885 December quarter, death record of Ann Kaighin, age 42 in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire (only adult female death of a Kaighin
1885 December quarter Anna Maria born in Barrow in Furness (likely the daughter of Charles Kaighin and Eliza Gibbons)
1888 September quarter marriage of Charles Kaighen in Barrow in Furness
1888 September quarter marriage of Mary Dick in Barrow in Furness
1889 September quarter Maggie born in Barrow in Furness (likely the daughter of Charles Kaighin and Mary Dick)
of Charles Kaighin and Agnes Whyte at
1891 census – 14 Princes Street, Douglas, IOM. Charles and Agnes Kaighin,
Charles born Dalby, K. Patrick, Isle of Man. I can find no Charles Kaighin (or Kaighan, or Kaighen or Boyd or Boyde) ever born in K. Patrick.
[This mention of the birth place of Dalby strikes me as extremely specific, as if he personally mentioned this to the enumerator.]
Charles (Boyd or Kaighin) son of Margaret Boyd, was christened 9 November 1834 in Kirk Michael (no mention where he was born)
From 1891 census, Charles age 55, so he was born about 1836
No other Charles in the IOM or
1891 Census Charles Kaighan and Mary (Dick) in Barrow in Furness.
He was born Ramsey, IOM and appears to be 36 (so born about 1855)
- I can find no Charles Kaighin ever born in Ramsey or Maughold
Charles and Mary have the following children:
William (8, born about 1883)
John (7, born about 1884)
Annie (6, born about 1885)
Maggie (1, born about 1890)
1892 Agnes W. Kaighin, daughter of Charles Kaighin and Agnes Whyte born Kirk Michael, IOM (from 1901 Census record)
1892 September quarter, Catherine (Kate) born in Barrow in Furness (likely the daughter of Charles Kaighin and Mary Dick)
August 22, Ethel Eveline born illegitimate to Philip John Kaighn and Emily
Parrot in Dewsbury,
1895 September quarter, Rosina born in Barrow in Furness (likely the daughter of Charles Kaighin and Mary Dick)
Philip John Kaighin marries
1897 September quarter, Elsie, daughter of Philip and Emily born in Hunslet
1898 June quarter Emily Kathleen Kaighin daughter of Philip and Emily born in Hunslet
1898 December quarter, Emily Kathleen Kaighin dies in Hunslet
1898 December quarter, Philip Kaighin dies in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire, age 63 (born about 1835)
His age must be misrepresented, he was actually about 59 at death.
1899 September quarter, Doris Kaighin daughter of Philip and Emily born in Hunslet
1901 Census – Charles and Agnes
Charles age 66 (born about 1836) With daughter Agnes W. Kaighin, 9 (born about 1892).
Location is Whitehouse, Kirk Michael. Charles birth location is Kirk Michael. (not Dalby)
1901 Census – Charles and Mary (Dick). Charles age 46 (born about 1855)
William 17 (born about 1884)
John 16 (born about 1885)
Annie 15 (born about 1886)
Maggie 11 (born about 1890)
Kate 8 (born about 1893)
Rosina 5 (born about 1896)
Charles Kaighin is buried
in Kirk Michael, age 66 on
1901 September quarter, Philip Herbert Kaighin, son of Philip and Emily born in Hunslet
1902 March quarter, Philip Herbert Kaighin dies in Hunslet
1902 September quarter, Muriel Kaighin, daughter of Philip and Emily born in Hunslet
1902 September quarter, Muriel Kaighin dies in Hunslet
1904 September quarter, Madge Kaighin, daughter of Philip and Emily born in Hunslet
1906 March quarter, Alf Kaighin, son of Philip and Emily born in Hunslet
Kaighin emigrated to
The following chart shows the descendants of Thomas Kaighin and Margaret Boyd(e). Notice that their eldest son Charles has three wives
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