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  • Ann née Sharples (aft.1663 - 1694)
    parentage hard to figure out: As she was born before the relationship of Jane Preston and Wm. Alberson, she is either the dau of Jane and another man or the dau. of Wm. and another woman. (I have c...
  • Kaighn (c.1702 - d.)
  • Abigail Kaighn (b. - 1795)
    Sketches of the first emigrant settlers in Newton Township, old Gloucester County, West New Jersey / by John Clement. Clement, John, 1818-1894. Camden, N.J. : Printed by Sinnickson Chew, 1877 see page 156
  • Abigail Kaighn (deceased)
  • Abigail Kaighn (b. - 1795)

About the Kaighn surname

There are so many variations of spellings of this surname; lists won't ever be complete. Kaighn > Kaighnin > Kaighnen .. just to start

Kaighan, -in. ?MacAkoen, Abbey Boundaries, 14th cent. ; MacCaghen, 1513, Chaginge, 1635, Kaighin, 1696. Sc. Eachdonn (not Each-tigheayna, as I stated in A Second Manx Scrapbook, page 67). Mod. Sc. McEachan, McGeachan. (McEachern from Eachtig-hearna.) Or perhaps from Ir. MacEachain. In either case the sense is, broadly, a horseman. Caughan (q.v.) is probably cognate. Caken, 1510, Rushen, appears unrelated to Kaighan of German. One of the Bishop's servants in 1354 was named de Cakan.

In the American Colonies

  1. West Jersey Province = an early emigrant from the Isle of Man who married a member of the Alberson/Preston contingent :

John Kaighn, III the surname continues to this day in the KAIGHN line (2019) A "Kaighn Avenue" remains in modern Camden, New Jersey. AS OF 2019 there are many of his descendants here on Geni.