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Re: Kaighin family database
Posted by: Greg Kaighin (ID *****6065) Date: November 14, 2004 at 00:21:51
In Reply to: Re: Kaighin family database by Derald Rust of 66

Derald and Arula,
I've emailed the below to the email address in your profile, but I don't know if it's valid anymore, so I'm pasting it here:

Great news! I have researched your Kaighin family for several generations prior to to Arula's grandfather John James Kaighin. You can read a discussion page I created for another Kaighin (Leslie Kaighin) on the Isle of Man who is part of your branch. (look for family 1700). John James Kaighin was christened 25 August 1867 in Jurby, Isle of Man.
I hope you will be able to help me fill in the generations since John James. Do you know who he was married to, who his children were, etc? Also do you know of any Kaighins who still retain the name today? Regarding the Missouri Kaighins you spoke to, it is likely that they are the descendants of John Beddow Kaighin of which I am also very familiar. I have spoken to several members of that branch and have a detailed pedigree which you can view here: Do you know the name of the Kaighins you talked to?
If you're wondering about a connection between your Kaighins and the Missiouri Kaighins, I haven't come up with a link yet. I cannot link your Jurby branch prior to the marraige of Thomas Kaighin and Jane Killey on 23 May 1747 (family 530). I don't know where this Thomas comes from, but it's something I'm working on. The Missouri Kaighins are part of the main branch from Kirk Michael and Kirk German IOM of which I also come from.
I've created a web page of data for Kaighins from Nebraska. These include the 1920 and 1930 census records, a Farmer's directory of Dawson County, Nebraska, cemetery information and the Social Security Death Index. You can view that here: Can you tell me if this is Arula's family?
And you mentioned some letters from the Isle of Man, would it be possible for you to scan or transcribe the letters you mentioned and email them to me?
Also, please visit my main Kaighin web page at

Email 2

Derald and Arula

I believe the below obituary is Arula's cousin John who was a Benedictine Monk in Kansas. Am I correct? I had an email conversation with John in 1997, but unfortunately, I no longer have those emails. I do remember him mentioning that his grandfather John had come to Nebraska via NY.



Brother John R. Kaighin, O.S.B.

57, monk

ATCHISON, Kan. -- Brother John R. Kaighin, O.S.B., 57, a monk of St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, Kan., died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2001, due to a heart attack.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the abbey church. Burial will follow in the abbey cemetery. Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the abbey church.

Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home in Atchison is in charge of arrangements.

Brother John was born Jan. 24, 1944, at Lexington. He graduated in 1962 and earned his bachelor's degree in music education in 1966 from St. Benedict's College in Atchison. He then studied in summer sessions at Kearney State College.

He became a monk of St. Benedict's Abbey on Sept. 2, 1973, after completing the year of training as a novice monk. He taught music in the Atchison Catholic Elementary School and taught the English as a foreign language program at Maur Hill Prep School in Atchison. In 1985 and 1986, after studies at the University of Kansas, he obtained high school accreditation for teaching English as a second language. He taught in the English language support program at Benedictine College in 1990 and 1993.

He served his abbey community in a wide variety of ways. He was the abbey librarian for several years and edited the in-house newsletter, News and Views (renamed Home Pages). He had prepared the liturgical readings in the daily worship service since 1993. He became assistant vocations director in 1997. He sang in the abbey schola from 1973 to 1992. He also served many years on the abbey garden and grounds crew.

Survivors include his sister, Janet Wallace of Grand Island; and his fellow monks.

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