CHARLES KAIGHN was born on June 30, 1806, the great-grandson of John Kaighn, the first settler at Kaighn's Point. He was quite involved with the civic and political life of Camden and Camden County, serving on City Council, townshiop committee, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Charles Kaighn was elected mayor by City Council in 1845, after Richard W. Howell, who had one the election, refused to serve. He remained active in civic life after leaving the Mayor's office. 

The 1850 census shows Charles Kaighn as living on the family farm in Camden's South Ward with wife Mary and children William, Anna, Robert, Emily, Mary, Joseph, and Sarah. He later moved to Philadelphia, but was active in local affairs. 

Charles Kaighn was secretary of the Camden Gas Light Company when he passed away on February 19, 1868.

The History of Camden County New Jersey
George Reeser Prowell - 1886