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George B. Kaighn

George B. Kaighn

Posted: 936040583000
Edited: 996547540000
Looking for information on descendants
of George B. Kaighn (b. 1819), son of
Elias Kaighn (1768-1830) Mary Shillingford;
he married Sarah McElroy( M. 1840).

I'm also interested in all other Kaighns from
the Camden, NJ area.

Kaighn Family Tree

Ronald W. Sauerbrey (View posts)
Posted: 940624448000
Hi Rob, I have some info on the Kaighn family from the Camden NJ area. Raymond P. Kaighn was my great-great Uncle. If you don't mind giving out your email address, I'll email it to you, rather than try to type it in this small space, or if your if you want, I can Fax it to you.
Ron Sauerbrey

Kaighn Family Tree

Posted: 940679493000
Edited: 996547540000

I would be happy to share info with you.
I am familiar with Raymond P. Kaighn,
and might have some info you might be
interested in (I have looked at his father's
(William Lewis Kaighn) pension records from
the civil war, very interesting.

E-mail me and let's swap.

Rob Kaighn


Bob Christine (View posts)
Posted: 945274785000
I would be interested in information about Kaighns from the Canden County Area. My mother was Eddenna William Kaighn, daaughter of Edward James Kaighn, son of William Henry Kaighn, son of James Kaighn who was one the children of Elias Kaighn, Sr.
I have a lot of material including data from Camden City directories, Census reports, data from Camden cemetery microfilms, etc. I am very much interested in what you have.
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Kaigh(i)n Family in NJ/PA

Brian O. Remmey (View posts)
Posted: 945703765000
My ancestor is George B.'s older brother, William Simpson Kaighn who married Nancy S. McElroy. I'd be interested in sharing information as well.

Kaighn Family

Tim Nirella (View posts)
Posted: 947676606000
My Grandmother was Vera Swyler Kaighn Nirella
Her Father was Wilford M. Kaighn, married to
Mamie (Swyler) Kaighn. From the Camden, NJ
area. My Uncle Vincent Kaighn Nirella gave
me this info. He lives in Middletown, NJ.
Any help would be deeply appreciated. Uncle
Vince also said that the Kaighn family came
over on the Mayflower with William Penn and
the Cooper family, who founded the Cooper's

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Kaighn(i)n Family in America

Brian O. Remmey (View posts)
Posted: 947709712000
Hello, nice to meet you, cousin. Please let me sort out a couple of points of history tell help tell our tale. In 1682 Quaker leader William Penn arrived in the colony the King had named after his father aboard the ship "Welcome". The Mayflower had sailed a good many years earlier to Massachusetts bringing the Pilgrims to America.

There is quite a bit of interesting KAIGHN heritage that traces all of us back to John Kaighin of the Isle of Man. Let me attach an excerpt from John Clement's "John Kaighin and some of his Descendants" The Historical Sketch of Camden, New Jersey.

"John Kaighin, ancestor of the Kaighn family in America, came from the Isle of Man about the year 1684 and first settled in Byberry, PA. His mother's name was Jane, his father's is unknown. In 1693 he married Ann Forrest, of Byberry, widow of William Albertson. She died July 6, 1694, leaving a daughter Ann, and infant only twelve days old. In 1696 he married Sarah, widow of Andrew Griscom of Philadelphia, to which city he moved. Sarah, whose maiden name was Dole, came with her father's family from Wales to Long Island, NY and thence to West Jersey, thence, on her marriage to Andrew Griscom, to his home in Philadelphia."

The text goes to give a detailed account his occupations, church leadership, elected public life and home life in Philadelphia and Camden. Also reprinted are letters between John and his mother on the Isle of Man and extracts of the execution of his will. His children are listed as Ann, born June 24, 1694, died unmarried 1715; John, born December 30, 1700, married 1732 to Abigail Hinchman, died 1749; and Joseph, born December 4, 1702.

I am descended from the elder son, John II. The Kaigh(i)n, Cooper, Mickle legacy all extends from the younger son, Joseph. You may find the Quaker Genealogies extremely valuable in tracing your roots.

Bob Christine was of great assistance to me in fillling in some holes in my chart and has an extensive directory of the Kaigh(i)n Family in general. Best wishes.

Kaighn Family in America

Tim Nirella (View posts)
Posted: 947786450000
"MAN" Howdy Brian, you really blew my mind
with your reply. I have been searching for
2 yrs. for any info on the Kaighn name. I
stumbled on by accident.
The only info I have is from my Uncle Vincent
Kaighn Nirella who lives in Middletown, N.J..
All I know is that my Grandmothers name was
Vera Swyler Kaighn Nirella, and that she was
from the Camden NJ area. I will contact Bob
Christine unless he contacts me first, and
anyone else that could help. Thanks a million for the reply. I have mainly been
researching the Nirella name. Found cousins
in Pittsburgh, PA. Nirella is Italian, and
what I have found so far, there are only about 23 of us in the whole world. Visit my
WebPage, if inclined to do so, at
for a little more info. Until next time, God
Bless. "We Can and We Will". Tim Nirella

The Kaighn Family

Bob Christine (View posts)
Posted: 947795843000
Hi cousin;
Let me tell you how we are related. My G-G-Grandfather is James S. Kaighn, 4th child of Elias Kaighn, Sr. and Mary Shillingford. James (of Clarksboro, Gloucester County, NJ)was married to Mary Watson, of Hurffville, Gloucester county, and they had two Sons, John Jackson Kaighn and William Henry Kaighn. You are descended from John Jackson and I am descended from William Henry. He was my Great-Grandfather.
I am very glad to make your acquaintance. If you send me your snail-mail address( to I will send you the information that I have accumulated.

My mother had a half-brother, Francis Kaighn, who did a lot of work on the family, and who passed away before I had chance to get the information form. I happened to go to the Camden County Historical Society one day and found a copy of his work, which incidently showed Vincent Nirella and Danny Nirella as children of Vera Kaighn and Danny Nirella, children of Wilfred M. Kaighn and Mary Tanier.
Goes to show it's a small world.
I'll be glad to swap information with you.
Sincerely, Bob Christine, Thursday, Jan.13,2000

Kaighin/kaighn family tree

Mona Christian (View posts)
Posted: 951652541000
Just in case you do not already know - the name Kaighin originates in the Isle of Man so when you trace back as far as your immigrant ancestors, you need to go to the Manx records. I too have Kaighin ancestors but they stayed on the IOM.
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