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Saw the name Kiggins in an old post.  We are searching for the orgins of my husbands ancestors.  We do not know where in Ireland they were from.  William Kiggans/Kiggins born 1820's he married Margaret Oakes/Oaks about 1848.  They immigrated to America around 1850 - 1851.  In Ireland they had 2 children Michael born abt 1848-1849 and Bridget born 1849 - 1850.  Both came to America with their parents.  I know they were in America June 1852 when another child was born in Georgia.  Any information is appreciated.

Thank you in advance

Wayne and Janet Dabney Kiggans


Sunday 15th Mar 2015, 07:58PM

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  • Hi Wayne & Janet
    I found a few birth/baptism records for Margaret Oakes 1848 + - 10 years on

    5 matches for the search criteria: Oakes (plus variants) Margaret 1838-1858
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    Action Source Surname First Name Year County
    View Church Baptism Oakes Margaret 1850 Co. Wicklow
    View Church Baptism Oaks Margaret 1851 Co. Carlow
    View Church Baptism Oak Margaret 1855 Co. Antrim
    View Church Baptism Oaks Margaret 1839 Co. Wicklow
    View Church Baptism Oaks Margaret 1857 Co. Cavan

    The only OakEs is the first:
    Name: Margaret Oakes Date of Birth: 06-Nov-1850
    Date of Baptism: 09-Nov-1850
    Address: Wicklow Parish/District: WICKLOW
    Gender: Female County Co. Wicklow
    Denomination: Church Of Ireland
    Father: John Oakes Mother: Eliza

    not much luck with Kiggins however
    The Tithe Applotments have these:
    Surname Forename Townland/Street Parish County Year
    Kiggins Lacky Meelick Crossboyne Mayo 1842
    Kiggins James Aghadifflin Kilmovee Mayo 1827
    Kiggins Pat Aghadifflin Kilmovee Mayo 1827
    Kiggins James Knocksentry Stradbally Limerick

    There are none in the Irish Censuses of 1821,41 or 51

    Griffiths Valuation has 17 Kiggins & 5 Kiggins:

    I couldn't find their marriaige either.


    ColCaff, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 15th Mar 2015, 09:29PM
  • Thank you so much for checking. 



    Monday 16th Mar 2015, 02:35AM
  • I have Kiggins relatives that are from Roxborough near Kilchreest. My family (Ward) married into the Kiggins family. My family is from Kilchreest.

    James J Ward III

    Saturday 5th Mar 2016, 08:32PM
  • Hi James. This site is awful for communicating. I have info on Father Tom Kiggins and attempted to post but was blocked. Reach me at aliceoneill@ Just ran across your September post re the Wards. 


    Thursday 18th Oct 2018, 02:10AM
  • Yes Maggie and Martin Ward lived just to the right as you pass the Grand Gates


    Bob Howley

    Tuesday 25th Oct 2022, 04:59PM
  • Bob, 

    I never saw your post before today. I was in Roxborough in 59, 1992 and again in 2019 with my cousin Shaun Kiggins whose mother was Winnie Ward. Think Tommy had passed away before my last visit. How is you are familiar with them?

    I understood my Uncle Jack knew Winnie as a neighbor. I don’t think my mother ever lived in Roxborough. She emigrated to the US to be with sisters. Born in Kilbeacanty though. 

    Hope you are still around to get this. And, tell me a little about yourself. 

    Alice O’Neill


    Saturday 11th Feb 2023, 08:39PM

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