thanks for all this wonderful information
I will make a note of it in my dads extensive files
My dad always believe Thomas's father was named John
He died in 1995 and per his request I have tried to carry on the research of my Kiggans family
My dad loved genealogy and spent many years traveling all over the US meeting Kiggins Families
He has files on many of them from different states
I have been logging them in a Word Program but haven't even put a damper on the records he has
I am proud to say I am now the owner of those wonderful Kiggins files.
Daddy has that he believe Thomas's father to be John Kiggins and wife named Mary
He said they are buried in Stone Church Cem in Wheeling WV John dying in 1835 and Mary's stone was unreadable when he was their
Their stone was spelled Kigins
We dont know where Thomas is buried but he died 16 May 1835 Near West Liberty VA but Lydia is buried in Reas Run Cem She died 10 Oct 1869 age 69Y 5M 14D
I would love to exchange info with ya
I have been out of town since before Christmas
Debra (Kiggans) LaMel
Here is a story about one Elizabeth Kignons who married E G Craft
History of Wheeling City Ohio Co West Virginia and Representative Citizens
Biographical Publishing Co George Richmond Pres. S Harmer Neff, Sec’y ; C. R. Arnold, Treas. Chicago, ILL 1902.
E.G. Craft (Edward Gillfilen) for many years engaged in the cooper’s trade in Triadelphia, Ohio Co West Virginia, has made a success in that line, and is held in high esteem by all in his community. He is the son of George and Elizabeth (Kignons) Craft, and was born in Tridelphia, September 27, 1833.
George Craft was a native of Brooke county Va. (Now West Virginia), and was engaged in making jars, in connection with the cooper’s trade, which was his sole occupation during his life of sixty-three years.
Michael Craft, the father of George, was the first tax collector of Ohio County, in the later years of the eighteenth century. George Craft was united in marriage to Elizabeth Kignons, a daughter of John Kignons, who was a successful farmer on the farm his great-grandfather purchased in 1735. This great-grandfather was a soldier in the Revoluntary War, and members of the family also served in the War of 1812, and where buried in the cemetery of the Stone Presbyterian Church used during the last century.
E. G. Craft was the fifth child in the large family of George and Elizabeth Craft. Among them where: John, Michael, George and Cordelia, who died in early childhood; and Rachel and Elizabeth, who died recently, the former, in 1894, the latter in 1898. Those still living besides E.G. are, Samuel, now eighty-three years of age: Harrison, who is still engaged in the coopering trade at age of sixty-seven years; and two sisters, Mary Jane and Hannah, both of whom are married and live in Ohio.
At the age of fourteen years, E. G. Craft left home to work on a farm for Mr. Carter, where he remained for the next seven years. When twenty-one years old, he learned the cooper’s trade, which he followed in connection with the carpenter business for twenty-five years, and was very successful. He built a shop in Tridelphia, and in 1889 enlarged it, and added and engine, and machinery for the manufacture of barrel hoops and nail-keg staves He has the credit of making the first nail-keg used in the oldest nail factory in Ohio county, fifty-one years.
Mr. Craft was united in marriage with Mary Branstroop, daughter of William Branstroop, a native of Germany and a contractor of note. To them were born a number of children, among them are, George, who died at a very early age of four years,; Virginia, who died aged two years; Frank, who is a resident of Wheeling; John, a carpenter by trade; Narcissus G., who is a painter; Albert, who is still at home; Mary, who is married and resides in Wheeling, West Virginia; Elizabeth; Minetta; Charles; and Clinton residents of Triadelphia.
(To me this would make perfect since if my Mary Jane Craft was a relative to Edward listed in this article)
Their was a Edward Gilfilly Kiggins son of James and Mary Jane Craft Kiggins
James the elder being the son of Thomas and Lydia.
I wonder if this Elizabeth Kignons Craft is a sister to Thomas perhaps
Edward Craft's parents were George and Elizabeth
Mary's parents where Samuel Craft listed b Wheeling WV(source her death cert and unk mother)
Debra Kiggans LaMel