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Manannan's Horsemen
A one name study of
Kaighin, Kaighen, Kaighan, Keighin and Kaighn
The Manx derivitives of the celtic surname MacEachan



Click on this chart to see a skeleton tree of the entire Kaighin family.  All branches are represented.





*** If we have previously corresponded, please contact me again with any new Birth/Marriage/Divorce/Death info so I can update the database***


Welcome to Manannan’s Horsemen, the Kaighin genealogy web forum and repository.  This is a one name study of the Manx derivatives of the Celtic surname MacEachan.


Please keep in mind that this one name study is a work in progress and as such, there are errors and omissions both known and unknown contained in the database and on discussion pages on this website.  Do not assume accuracy!  This is a collaborative effort by many Kaighins and descendants of Kaighins all over the world and it is for that effort that I share this information.


I respond to every email I receive, typically within 2-3 days.  If you have attempted to contact me in the past and have not received a reply, please email me again.


On these pages, I use the spelling “Kaighin” when speaking in general terms since the majority of Kaighins alive today retain this spelling.


So feel free to browse around and if you have any questions or would like to submit anything concerning Kaighin family genealogy, please email me at


What do I need from you?

  1. I have created a database of Kaighins from as early as records are available up to the present.  If you are a Kaighin or a descendant of a Kaighin and we have not been in contact, please email me at so your family’s information can be included. 
  2. If you have any photos, newspaper clippings, family notes, etc. that you would like posted to this web page, please email me.


Greg Kaighin


First, a Word About Pronunciation


The name has three different (much different) pronunciations, depending on where you are.  In the Isle of Man, it is still pronounced the old Manx way, like "Cack'n", with the "ck" mashed together like the "ch" sound in Scottish "loch".  You can hear Dr. Brian Stowell on Manx Radio discussing this here.  Also, the website has another example here.  The New Jersey Kaighns descend from John Kaighin who emigrated to America as an indentured servant in 1683.  At some point about two generations on, the family dropped the second "i" and it thus became spelled as "Kaighn", which they pronounce like "Cain".  This pronunciation has been in effect since at least 1776, when future U.S. President John Adams wrote this letter to his wife Abigail.  The rest of the family (Kaighins, Keighins, Kaighans and Kaighens) pronounce it anglicized like "Reagan".  This pronunciation is consistent around the world with the two exceptions noted above.


Updated October 6th, 2019

The following link is the database being compiled of all Kaighins found in records from 1490 A.D. to the present.  There are currently 3872 Kaighins listed in 829 unique families, including 686 known living individuals who either were born with the name Kaighin (or variant) or married into the Kaighin family.  Microsoft Access must be installed on your computer to view it.  The database is updated frequently, so check back often.  Due to sensitive data of living individuals contained within, I will need to verify your identity before allowing you to view the data in the database, so a password is required to view it.  Please email me for the password at  If you do not have Microsoft Access, please contact me and I will send you


The Kaighin Genealogy Database




I am no longer maintaining the Kaighin Family Photo Album.  Please instead, share your photos on the Kaighin Family History Discussion Group on FaceBook.  All photos, past and present are always welcome.  If you would like to share your photos, but they are not in digital format, please email me for my address.  All photos will be scanned and promptly returned.

Kaighin Family Photo Album (old)


Updated June 29th, 2008

A list of Kaighin researchers.  Any new contacts are added to this list and I’ve attempted to group the contacts by branch.

Kaighin Researchers


April 9th, 2007

I’ve consolidated several indexes of burials, deaths and wills for Kaighins in the Isle of Man in an easy to use table.  About 60 Kaighin wills are also included.

Kaighin burials, deaths and wills


January 13th, 2006

The Kaighin census project is now complete.  142 Kaighin families are represented in 481 census images covering the period of 1841-1930 (1940 US and 1911 UK censuses forthcoming)

Kaighins in Census Records


May 3rd,  2005

Hand written notes compiled by Philip Allen of Kaighins found in the parish registers of Bride, Jurby and Ramsey, Isle of Man.  Now updated with a re-transcription with remarks and a cross reference to the family numbers in my database.  There are 341 transcribed records.

Philip Allen’s Notes


April 4th, 2005

Kaighins found in City Directories in England 1870-1915.  These can be found at the Historical Directories searchable digital library at the University of Leicester. 

Kaighins in England


March 31st, 2005

Kaighins found in Manx Directories between 1823~1895. 

These can be found at A Manx Notebook

Kaighins in Directories (Sorted by Name)

Kaighins in Directories (Sorted by Parish)

Kaighins in Directories (Sorted by Year)


March 27th, 2005

All Kaighins found in various BMD (Birth, Marriage, Death) sites in the UK (not in the Isle of Man).

Kaighins in UK (Sorted by Name)

Kaighins in UK (Sorted by Date)

Kaighins in UK (Sorted by Where Registered)


March 20th, 2005

Records of Kaighins collected from various sources.  Organized by State or Province.







New Jersey




New York













BC, Canada


January 19th 2005

American Kaighins found in ship’s manifests.  Most of these can be found at the Ellis Island website.



November 20th 2004

The International Genealogical Index (IGI) for all Kaighins in the Isle of Man 1611~1883.

International Genealogical Index - Kaighin


November 16th 2004

A statistical analysis of the surname Kaighin as found in the International Genealogical Index (IGI) for the Isle of Man, 1611~1883



March 9th, 2015

Can the Kaighin family claim a Coat of Arms?

Coat of Arms


A discussion on the Manx Genealogy Bulletin Board regarding the dropping of “Mac/Mc and Ine” from Manx surnames prior to 1611.

Illegal Manx Mc***** Names


September 29th, 2004

Brian Stowell on Manx Radio in the Isle of Man presents an explanation of one Manx surname each week.  Hear his explanation of the Kaighin surname:

Kaighin (audio link)


September 27th 2004

Several pages of discussion about the origins of the Kaighin name and how we came to the Isle of Man in the first place. Special thanks to Frances Coakley and Minniebell McKaughan Perkins

Origins 1

Origins 2

Origins 3

Origins 4

Origins 5 – Excerpts from a website of MacEachain genealogy

Origins 6 – This is an offsite link for McEachin genealogy

Origins 7 – One of the earliest references to a Kaighin (Finlow McCaighen) in 1422 in the Isle of Man.  He was apparently quartered for participating in an uprising against a Lieutenant of the Governor.

Origins 8 – A list of derivatives of MacEachain and a discussion about the origin of the clan. (Work in Progress)


Kaighins extracted from Rolls and Property Records from Kirk German Parish between 1680 and 1869.  I plan to go through this and attempt to document land ownership and cross to the families in the database.  Thanks to Frances Coakley.

German Records


Kaighins (or Cackens) from the Manorial Rolls of 1511 and 1515 in the Isle of Man.  Thanks to Frances Coakley for transcribing.

Manorial Rolls


The trial of two women, Alice Cowley and Isabel Gawn who were accused of witchcraft in 1712.  They are not Kaighins but it makes for interesting reading.  There was one Kaighin, a Bahee (Corjeage) Kaighin who was accused and acquitted of witchcraft after a heifer she touched died shortly thereafter.



Thomas Kelly was one of the early Manx immigrants to Ohio.  This is his journal from 1827.  Not a Kaighin.

Thomas Kelley


The diary of Manxman Thomas Taggart.  A very descriptive account of Manx life in 1877.  Not a Kaighin.

Thomas Taggart


May 21, 2004

Cousin Calculator (This is an offsite link)


The Cleveland Public Library. (This is an offsite link)  Follow this link and then click on “The Necrology File”.  This is an excellent resource for any genealogist with links to Cleveland:

The Necrology File


The Manx Genealogy Bulletin Board.  (This is an offsite link).  I visit this site daily.  There are many very experienced Manx genealogists that are willing to answer questions and provide help.

Bulletin Board


An extensive genealogical study of the Kaighins in the Isle of Man by Mormon genealogist Archibald F. Bennett in 1956.  I have studied Mr. Bennett’s work and have concluded that there are too many errors to consider this a valid source.

The Kaighin Family of Kirk Michael and Kirk German Parishes, and town of Peel, Isle of Man England (Web version)

The Kaighin Family of Kirk Michael and Kirk German Parishes, and Town of Peel, Isle of Man, England (PDF Version – Printable)



The following living individuals I have labeled as “strays” and have not been able to identify from what family they come.  If this is you or can identify anyone from this list, please contact me:



C. Kaighin, Victoria

Jill Kaighin

Lynne Kaighin


Isle of Man:

T. W. Kaighin


England / Scotland:

Albert E. A. V. Kaighan

Annie (Kaighin) Clark

C. Kaighin, Johnstone

Charles Kaighin (or Kaighan), Glasgow

D. Kaighin, Loughborough

Doreen Marjorie Kaighen

Helen Maree Kaighin

Irene Mary J. Kaighin

Jan Kaighan, Barrow in Furness

Jane (Kaighin) Ryder

Joanne Kaighin

John Kaighan

Joney Kaighan, Barrow in Furness

Julie-Anne Kaighin

K. Kaighin, Falkirk

Margaret (Kaighen) Johnson

Mary (Kaighin) Ratcliffe

Mary Wilson Kaighin

Michael Kaighin

Myra Kaighin (or Kaighan), Glasgow

Nora E. (Kaighin) Crosby

Paul H. R. Kaighin

Peter W. Kaighin

Robert S. Kaighin

Sheena K. Kaighin, Westhill

Simon Johnathon Kaighen

Thomas E. Kaighin

Thomas William Kaighin



Kailee Keighin, Illinois

Lee Kaighan, California


The Kaighin Y-DNA Project

Updated June 29th, 2019



The Kaighin Y-DNA Project is complete.  The Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) for all living Kaighins has now been identified.  He is Gilchrist McCaighen and was born about 1511 at Ballakaighin, Kirk German, Isle of Man.  Our earliest known ancestor traceable in the records is Gilchrist’s grandfather John McCaghyn who was born about 1439. 


The structure of the tree is now correct.  The two different types of Y-DNA tests (SNPs and STRs) as shown in the chart both agree with the genealogy.  So, if you have downloaded a previous version (or have a printed copy), please discard.  For those with a printed copy, I will be sending out replacements shortly. 


Our Kaighin cluster is now on the YFull tree under I1 / Z140 / A196 / A1395 / A5554.  A5554 is the SNP identified as belonging to Gilchrist McCaighen, so all living male Kaighins carry this SNP.


A comprehensive report of the results of the Y-DNA testing is forthcoming.  I will also be writing reports for each branch of the family.


How To Find Your Kaighin Ancestors


I have so far been able to identify all living Kaighins worldwide.  Every living Kaighin fits into one of 11 branches.  Each branch can be found in the database.  I have also created discussion pages for most of the branches on this site.  However, the data contained on these pages may have been compiled several years ago and contain stale data, so the most current (and correct) data can always be found in the Kaighin Genealogy Database.  When you open the database, you will see a list of all people born with the surname Kaighin.  Find yourself or an ancestor and click on the “Family Number” link in the left hand column.  This will bring up a form that will show all of the data for that family.  You can then navigate up and down the generations using the “Parent Family” and “Child Family” links.


If you can’t use the database, then select one of the following links to view the discussion page for your branch.  If you still can’t find your branch, please email me at and I will be able to tell you what branch you are from.


The Kaighin Branches


The following contain links to discussion pages for each of the 11 surviving branches of the Kaighin family:


Ballakaighin Kaighin Branch

~Current spellings: Kaighin and Kaighan

~Current living members: 23

~Found in: England, Isle of Man, and California and Texas, USA

~Descendants of Richard McCaighen who, with his father John, owned the entirety of the quarterland of Ballakaighin from before 1490.  All branches below are sub-branches of the Ballakaighin Kaighin branch.

~Location of Ballakaighin, Kirk German


Scaresdale Kaighin Branch

~Current spellings: Kaighin and Keighin

~Current living members: 90

~Found in: Scotland, Australia, Canada and Illinois and Colorado, USA

~Descendants of William Kaighin and Joney Mylrea who married about 1583. William purchased a half share of the quarterland of Scaresdale, Kirk German in 1592.

~Read about how the mystery of John Kaighin (Family 7600) was solved here.

~The Curragh, Corvalley, Kerrowglass and Lhergydhoo Kaighin branches are sub-branches of the Scaresdale Kaighin branch.

~Location of Scaresdale, Kirk German


February 10th, 2006

A discussion page for Alisoun MacDermid of Leicester, England.  She is researching the family of John Richard Kaighin of the Lhergydhoo Kaighin Branch, author of Bygone Birkenhead.

Alisoun MacDermid


April 17th, 2006

A biographical sketch of John Richard Kaighin, author of Bygone Birkenhead.  Submitted by Alisoun MacDermid.

John Richard Kaighin


Curragh Kaighin Branch

~Current spellings: Kaighin and Kaighan

~Current living members: 38

~Found in: Isle of Man, England and Kansas, USA

~Descendants of Thomas Kaighin and Jane Kelley who married in 1747 and resided at the Curragh, Jurby.  This branch is a sub-branch of the Scaresdale Branch.

~Location of the Curragh, Jurby


A Manx language sample of John Thomas Kaighin, recorded in 1950.   John Thomas was the oldest of 14.  He was born in Kirk Bride, Isle of Man and died 12 Jun 1954.

John Thomas Kaighin


Lhergydhoo Kaighin Branch

~Current spelling:  Kaighin

~Current living members: 32

~Found in: Isle of Man and England

~Descendants of John Kaighin and Eleanor Cowley who married 12 Oct 1745 in Kirk Onchan, Isle of Man.  Their son Thomas Kaighin farmed at Lhergydhoo, Kirk German.  This branch is a sub-branch of the Scaresdale Kaighin Branch.

~Location of Lhergydhoo, Kirk German


Corvalley Kaighin Branch

~Current spelling: Kaighin

~Current living members: 86

~Found in: Texas County, Missouri and Longview, Washington, USA

~Descendants of John Kaighin and Eleanor Kaighin who married 15 April 1729 in Kirk Michael, Isle of Man. Their 3G Grandson John Beddow Kaighin was born in Chicago in 1884.  All Kaighins alive today that come from this branch are descendants of John Beddow Kaighin and his wife Annie Mary Castleman.  Ancestors in this branch resided at the farm of Lower Ballakaighin farmed Corvalley in Kirk German, Isle of Man. This branch is a sub-branch of the Scaresdale Kaighin Branch.

~Location of Corvalley, Kirk German


February 15th, 2006

During a visit to the Isle of Man in 1998, I received from Ann and Jack Kaighin of the Isle of Man Family History Society 11 letters written by sisters Lizzie and Nessy Kaighin to their brother John who emigrated to Yukon, Missouri.  Ann and Jack had received the letters from Roger Holder, great grandson of John Kaighin. They are families 15200 and 18600 in my database.  Many Kaighins now living in Missouri and the Longview, Washington area are descended from this John Kaighin.

Letters from Lizzie and Nessy Kaighin


Some of the letters to John were addressed to New Mexico.  John was issued a land patent by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915 for 320 acres in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

Land Patent


Kerrowglass Kaighin Branch

~Current spellings:  Kaighen and Kaighin

~Current living members: 128

~Found in: Isle of Man, England, Wales, Australia, Spain and Macon Co., Missouri and Michigan, USA

~Descendants of Hugh Kaighin and Catharine Killey who married 5 Jul 1787 in Kirk Michael, Isle of Man.  Hugh purchased a parcel of the quarterland of Kerrowglass, Kirk Michael and passed this on to his eldest son Charles.  This branch is a sub-branch of the Corvalley Kaighin Branch.

~Location of Kerrowglass, Kirk Michael


September 29th, 2004

A response to a request for information about Addie Kaighin Gilmore by Jane Case.



Ballaquine Kaighin Branch

~Current spelling: Kaighin

~Current living members: 126

~Found in: Sweden, Bahamas, and Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, USA (but widely dispersed from there)

~Descendants of Thomas Kaighin and Eleanor Cannell who married about 1610.  Thomas was the tenant of Ballaquine farm on the border of Kirk German and Kirk Michael parishes.  Their GG Grandson John Kaighin married Elizabeth “Bessy” Nichol 18 Jan 1766 in Kirk Michael, Isle of Man. Two of their sons emigrated to the US.  They were John and Charles.  John married Eleanor Cannell and emigrated to New York in 1826 with most of their 13 children.  Charles emigrated with his son Charles in 1852 and this family eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio.  I am from this line.  This branch is a sub-branch of the Ballakaighin Kaighin Branch.

~Location of Ballaquine, Kirk German


March 7th, 2007

I had previously concluded that the branch I had referred to on this website as “The Other Cleveland” branch were descended from Thomas Kaighin and Margaret Quayle.  I have now received new information that not only disproves this, but also links my branch of Kaighins with “The Other Cleveland” branch.  I am posting a letter for anyone from the Ballaquine Kaighin Branch to examine.  The letter was written by my GGG Grandfather, Charles Kaighin in the Isle of Man on 9 September, 1841 to his nephew, Charles Kaighin, son of John Kaighin and Eleanor Cannell in Manhattan, New York.  Any Kaighin descended from any lines going through Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, this is relevant to you.

Charles Kaighin 1841 Letter


June 18th 2007

A problem that has dogged my research since I started this project was the mystery of my GG Grandmother, Margaret (nee Christian) Kaighin.  I had not been able to connect her to any family in the Isle of Man.

Margaret Kaighin (nee Christian) – Web version

Margaret Kaighin (nee Christian) – Printable PDF version


I’ve twice now heard that my GG Grandmother, Margaret (als Christian) Kaighin was somehow connected to Fletcher Christian of HMS Bounty fame.  The prevailing family rumor is that she was a direct descendant.  The following link is a Christian family chart drawn exclusively from A.W. Moore’s Manx Families, “Christian’s of Milntown, Isle of Man and Ewanrigg Hall, Cumberland.  Based on the above piece, I still cannot link Margaret with Fletcher Christian.



February 13th, 2005

John Kaighin and Eleanor (Cannell) Kaighin immigrated to America about 1826 and settled in Manhattan, New York with at least five of their thirteen children.  Two sons, William and Philip found their way to Cleveland and settled there.  Another son, Thomas moved his family to San Francisco and one or two others remained in New York.  John was the son of John Kaighin and Elizabeth “Bessy” Nichol.  There are now an estimated 100 Kaighins who retain the name and are descended from this family.  Kaighins currently living in Toledo and Warren, Ohio, Detroit, Sarasota, Florida, Pittsburg, Fresno, Riverside and Los Angeles, California, and New York City are likely members of this branch.  If this sounds like you, please have a look and let me know if you have anything to add to my research.  As always, all submissions are welcome.  This page is very large and will take a minute to load. (Conclusions on this page have changed since this posting)

The Descendants of Thomas Kaighin and Margaret Quayle


A submission from Jim Kaighin in The Bahamas which he received from Florence Lyon on some of the descendants of John Kaighin and Elizabeth “Bessy” Nichol.

Jim and Leann


August 25th, 2006

William Kaighin of Orange, California, son of Arthur Gale Kaighin provided several items regarding the Ballaquine Kaighin Branch.  He also sent me a copy of Florence Lyon’s genealogy chart.  This chart is too big to post to this website, but all of the data is incorporated into the database above.

William Kaighin


January 15th 2005

Records of Kaighins buried in Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.  All Kaighins buried here are members of the Ballaquine Kaighin branch.

Riverside Cemetery


November 22, 2004

A page created for a discussion with my first cousin (once removed) Kay (Pintner) Stafford.  This is everything I have regarding Charles Kaighin and Margaret Christian and their descendants from 1870.



November 10th 2004

Monumental Inscription and Census Records for my 3 Great Grandparents Charles Kaighin and Ellen Killey and their family.

Monumental Inscription


May 22, 2004

My Great Grandfather Charles W. Kaighin published a piece of devotional literature, Paradise Restored.  The following link contains a discussion of some of the clues in the piece:

Paradise Restored


May 28, 2004 (updated January 4, 2016)

A full transcript of Paradise Restored.

Paradise Restored


A discussion with two members of the Pacific Garden Mission regarding Paradise Restored

Pacific Garden


A timeline of events for Charles W. Kaighin



Data from various sources of descendants of Charles Kaighin and Margaret Kaighin

Charles and Margaret


A song written by my Great Grandfather, Charles W. Kaighin:

Twilight with Mother


Article written in The Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1935 Re Charles W. Kaighin



March 22nd, 2005

The Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Recorder’s Office has made available online all land records for the county.  The following pages contain nearly 200 images of selected records extracted from that database of Kaighins and their descendants from 1867~Present.  These are very large pages.

Cuyahoga County Land Records (Sorted by date)

Cuyahoga County Land Records (Sorted by name)

Cuyahoga County Land Records (Sorted by legal description)


Kirk Malew Kaighin Branch

~Current spelling: Kaighin

~Current living members: 14

~Found in: England and South Africa

~Descendants of William Kaighin and Anne Cowin who married about 1649.  His son Henry married Margaret Tear about 1713 in the Isle of Man and resided in Kirk Malew.  This branch is a sub-branch of the Ballaquine Kaighin Branch.

~Location of the Parish of Kirk Malew


January 30th, 2006

A discussion page for Brian Kaighin in Durban, South Africa and Sally Sprung of Birkenhead, England.  Their branch originated in Kirk Malew, Isle of Man.

Brian Kaighin’s submission

Sally Sprung’s submission

The Kirk Malew Branch


Ballacregga Kaighin Branch

~Current spelling: Kaighn

~Current living members: 15 (although there are 248 living Kaighns descended from Elias Kaighn/Cain - see below)

~ Found in: Oklahoma, USA

~Descended from John Kaighin who purchased a 2/3 share of the estate of Ballacregga, Kirk Michael in 1603.  John’s Great Grandson John, the son of John Kaighin and Jane Cannell of Ballacregga emigrated to America in 1682 and became an indentured servant.  Following his indenture, he became a very successful linener, carpenter and landowner and owned approximately one third of what is now Camden, New Jersey.  They spell their name Kaighn and pronounce it “Cain.”  Today, there is only one family descended from the immigrant John Kaighin, and that is the family of Bill Kaighn in Norman, Oklahoma.  All other Kaighns alive today are descended from Elias Kaighn / Cain of the New Jersey Kaighns (see below).

~Location of Ballacregga, Kirk Michael


A letter from America’s second president John Adams to his wife Abigail discussing John Kaighn.  The letter is dated 4 July 1775.  This is an off-site link to the Adams Family Papers at The Massachusetts Historical Society web site.

John Adams letter


February 22nd, 2006

The following link contains the chapter “John Kaighin and Some of His Descendants” from A Historical Sketch of Camden written in 1909 by Howard M. Cooper and edited in 1931 by Emily Cooper Johnson (Camden, N.J.: Printed by Haddon Craftsmen, Inc. 1931) – Submitted by Rob Kaighn.  One note to mention; on pages 109-110 the author concludes that John’s Great Grandson Joseph was responsible for dropping the second i in Kaighin for this branch.  This is incorrect.  The name was spelt this way as early as 1775 and probably earlier (refer to John Adams’ letter above.)

A Historical Sketch of Camden


March 21st, 2006

From History of Camden County, New Jersey by George R. Prowell (Philadelphia, Richards, 1886) several pages describing the life and descendants of John Kaighin.  Submitted by Rob Kaighn.

History of Camden County New Jersey


In 1920 Charles S. Boyer wrote a detailed study of the New Jersey Kaighns.  Please note that his conclusions regarding Elias Kaighn Sr. and his descendants were incorrect as discussed elsewhere on this website.

John Kaighn and His Descendants (Web version)

John Kaighn and His Descendants (PDF version - Printable)


The Phurt Kaighin Branch

~Current spellings: Kaighin and Kaighan

~Current living members: 44

~Found in: Canada and Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England

~Descendants of Robert Kaighin and Margaret Savage who married in 1657.  Recent Y-DNA testing results proved that this branch is a sub-branch of the Ballacregga Kaighn Branch and is connected to the Ramsey Kaighen Branch.  Read about that here.  Robert was the son of John Kaighin who purchased a 2/3 share of Ballacregga, Kirk Michael in 1603.

~Former location of y Phurt, Kirk Michael (lost to coastal erosion)


April 23rd, 2005

A discussion page for Sue Rankin and Sue Sides of Barrow in Furness, England.  They are descended from Charles Kaighin born about 1835 in Kirk Michael.  This page is also for Ron Kaighin, of Ajax, Ontario, Leslie Erdman of Cranbrook, BC, and Joleen Keough who are descended from Charles’ brother Philip, born about 1839 in Castletown.  This can be considered a continuation of the below discussion of Philip Kaighin.

Charles and Philip Kaighin


October 22nd 2004

I have been working with Ron Kaighin of Ajax, Ontario trying to trace his Great Grandfather, Philip Kaighin.  He just returned from the Isle of Man with the marriage license of Philip and his wife Ann Comish which mentions that Philip’s father’s name was Thomas Kaighin.  Based on this we have pieced a probable scenario together. 

The scenario

Chart of the Jurby branch of Kaighins

Photos of Kimmeraugh farm

Philip Kaighin and Ann Comish marriage license


August 9th 2004

A submission by Ron Kaighin and Leslie Erdman

Ron and Leslie


Ramsey Kaighin Branch

(view previous discussion page here)

~Current spellings:  Kaighen and Kaighin

~Current living members: 90

~Found in: Isle of Man, England, Scotland, Australia, Honduras and Texas, USA

~Descendants of Thomas Kaighin and Catharine Gawne who married 13 Jul 1819 in Kirk Maughold, Isle of Man.  Thomas and Catherine resided in the town of Ramsey as do many of his descendants even today.  I do not know who Thomas’ parents were, however DNA testing proves that he is descended from Robert Kaighin, progenitor of the Phurt Kaighin Branch.  So members of this branch are also descended from the John Kaighin who purchased a 2/3 share of Ballacregga, Kirk Michael in 1603.

~Location of the town of Ramsey


New Jersey Kaighns (Not a Branch of the Kaighin Family)

~Current spelling: Kaighn

~Current living members: 248

~ Found in: East Coast, USA, primarily New Jersey / Philadelphia

~Descended from Elias Cain / Kaighn Sr. and Mary Shillingford.

~We have found that the Y-DNA of the descendants of Elias Kaighn do not match the rest of the Kaighin family.  We have done extensive research and have now concluded that Elias Kaighn (d. 1830) was not actually a Kaighn, and that he was born a CAIN.  Due to illiteracy, and his proximity to actual Kaighns in Gloucester, New Jersey, record keepers began spelling his name Kaighn and by the time his 13 children became literate, the spelling had stuck. 

~There is an ong0ing Y-DNA project with the goal of finding Elias Kaighn’s parents.  I am looking for volunteers to take over this research since it is outside the scope of my project.  Read about that here:

New Jersey Kaighn Y-DNA Project


January 15th, 2006

Raymond Pimlott Kaighn of the New Jersey Kaighns played in the first ever basketball game.  The game was invented by Dr. James Naismith and was first played in December of 1891 at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Raymond later coached the first collegiate basketball game between Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and the Minnesota State School of Agriculture.  Raymond was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959 as a member of the first team.  This article is posted here with permission of the author, Robert J. Kaighn, Jr.

Raymond Pimlott Kaighn





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