WILFRED M. KAIGHN was born in Camden NJ around 1867 to John and Hannah Kaighn. His father was a blacksmith. Besides Wilfred the family included an older brother, Charles Kaighn and a younger one named Walter. By 2880 John Kaighn had moved his family to 937 Broadway, where he would lived through at least 1910.
By 1887 Wilfred Kaighn was working as a bookkeeper and living at 937 Broadway. He took a position in the insurance industry the following year, and by 1890 had wed and moved to 250 Mt. Vernon Street, where he resided through at least middle of 1900. His wife Mary bore daughter, Vera, around 1891. The Kaighns moved to 549 Washington Street by 1910, and later moved to 567 Benson street.
Wilfred M. Kaighn died of a stroke on February 3, 1933.
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Camden Courier-Post - January 16, 1928
Storekeeper Is Knocked Down by Two Bandits Who Empty Cash Register
Entering a grocery store at Van Hook and
Streets under the pretense of being customers, two men knocked Mrs. Mary
Maska, the proprietor, to the floor this morning an robbed the cash
register of $162.
Recovering from the blow, delivered by one of the
pair, the woman telephoned police, who immediately set up guards at the
entrance to the bridge and at the ferry terminals, apparently in the
belief that the thugs were from Philadelphia.
The men were described by Mrs. Maska as colored,
both small in stature. One was shabbily dressed, wearing a torn
overcoat, she said. The other was neatly garbed. Both wore caps.
The robbery occurred at 9 o’clock this morning
and a1thougth Mrs. Maska screamed for help after the men had fled, no
help came City Detectives George Ward and
Thomas Cheeseman arrived at
the scene in response to her call to police headquarters.
The men entered the store; where Mrs. Maska was
alone and one tendered her a quarter in supposed payment for a small
quantity of bologna. This was done, detective. Believe, in order to give
the men an opportunity to see the contents of the cash drawer in the
cash register. In ringing up the quarter, Mrs. Maska revealed that there
was a quantity of paper money in this drawer.
The second of the bandits then asked for a cigar
and Mrs. Maska left the cash register for another part of the store. As
she did so, one of the men struck her on the head and then looted the
bottles of pre-war liquor were among the loot taken by burglars who
broke Into the home of William Bonstedt, 510 Clinton
Street, during the absence of the family over the weekend. In
addition to the liquor, the thieves got several
articles of jewelry and #20 in cash. The robbery was discovered
when the family returned from the seashore last night.
also discovered that the home of Wilfred
Kaighn, 567 Benson
Street, had been
entered and ransacked during the family’s absence at Pittsburgh.
Until Kaighn returns, it
will be impossible to determine how much loot was taken, detectives
O’Donnell, 31 years old, 545 Penn
Street, was arrested yesterday after
he was seen breaking into a tool house at Baird and Crescent Boulevards.
When O’Donnell was arrested by George Zeitz, a patrolman, he was found to have in his possession a sweater he had taken from the shed which contained supplies from a building operation nearby. A companion with O’Donnell escaped according to Zeitz.
|Camden Courier-Post - February 4, 1933|
M. KAIGHN FATALLY STRICKEN
After an illness of 12 hours, Wilfred M. Kaighn, 66, a direct descendant of the first settlers of Kaighn's Point, died yesterday at his home, 567 Benson street. Mr. Kaighn was stricken with a hemorrhage of the brain Thursday night. He was superintendent of the Baltimore Life Insurance Company until six years ago, when he retired. He was a member of the official board of First M. E. Church and Ionic Lodge No. 94, Free and Accepted Masons.
Survivors are: The widow, Mary A., and a daughter, Mrs. Vera Kaighn Nirella, soprano soloist in East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, and former church singer in Philadelphia. Mr. Kaighn also is survived by two grandchildren.
Dr. George W. Yard, pastor of First M. E. Church, and Dr. Thomas S. Brock, pastor of St. Paul's M. E. Church, Atlantic City, will conduct services at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, at the funeral home of Joseph H. Murray & Son, 408 Cooper street. Burial will be in Harleigh Cemetery.
Mr. Kaighn was a descendant of John Kaighn, who arrived from England at Byberry, Pa., in 1690 and later acquired all of the land in what now is Camden, from Line street to Line Ditch.
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