Ira Hirst 1828 – 1875 and Adelaide Octavia KINSMAN 1830 – 1901

Ira's Father & Mother:

David HIRST, probably b: 4 Dec 1778; bapt: 4 Jan 1779 (Grinton) Old Chapel Independent, Morley; d: 27 Jul 1865 & buried at Rehoboth chapel, Morley - my 3 x great grand father. Married his wife:   Martha, nee FOX, b: circa 1786, d: dau of John Fox.  They were married in Kirkheaton, St John the Baptist, 26 Jan 1807.  They were both living alone together in the 1851 census in Middlethorpe, Dewsbury.  Martha was living with Sarah Anne at the age of 82 in the 1861 census

David was registered in the census' as both weaver and musician.  They lived in Batley, Morley.  Unfortunately I haven't found any info on their ancestors except that his father was probably:

John Hirst:  possibly bap: 29 May 1757 in Norland. d: 1 Jun 1826 and son of William and his wife was, Hanna, (nee Stancliffe) b: possibly 1746; bap: 4 Nov 1750, d: 22 Jan 1830, Morley.  Dau: John Stancliffe, both of Norland.  Married possibly in 1777.

If this is the correct John & Hanna (thanks Jerry!) then they were married 2 Oct 1777 in Eland, Halifax.  It appears then that the family was originally from Halifax in the 1750s?

David may have had a sister Nancy who married Thomas Dixon and had a daughter Mary, b: 11 April 1821 (same parish baptism record as Ephraim's birth - see below)  

        David & Martha's 10 children:

    1. William Hirst b: 19 Aug 1808; bap 28 Aug 1808; poss d: 1874 - May have married Mary Driver, 22 Sept 1831.  Widower in 1851 census living with John Booth (family) in 432 Upper Fold, Huddersfield 
    2. John Hirst  b: 16 Jan 1810; bap: 18 Mar 1810, d: ?; M: Hanna nee ALMOND  Teacher of Music & Dealer in Batley.  Children:  Alfred Issac William b: 1833; Eunice Lavinia b: 1836; John Edward b: 1838; David Henry b: 1841; George Frederick b: 1844; Charles Sebastian b: 1846; Edward C b: 1849; William S b: 1851
    3. Nancy Hirst  - b: 8 Apr 1813, bap 30 May 1813; d: ?; Poss: marriage to Alexander Halliday 11 Jun 1835 or george Armitage 1838
    4. Charlotte Hirst - b: 1815, bap:17 Sept 1815, d: infant?
    5. Martha Hirst  - b: 27 Jul 1817. bap: 14 Sept 1817 m: Jeremiah Tattersfield 4 Jan 1838. Blanket Manufacturer & employer in Kilpin Hill, Dewsbury.  Children: Sarah b:1838; Joseph b:1839; Henry b:1841; Jeremiah b:1845; Jane b:1848; Frederick b: 1850; Martha b:1852; Robert b: 1855; Mary A b:1854
    6. David Hirst  b: 21 Jan 1819, bap: 11 Apr 1819 - No known info
    7. Hephzibah Hirst  - b: 1821; d: approx 1851-53; m: Charles Groocock. Children: Eunice Lavinia 1842 & George Alfred Hirst 1844-45
    8. Ephrahim Hirst - b: Mar 1821; bap: 3 Jun 1821 Batley; d: 1846? - may be Hephzibah's twin? m: Harriette Hemmingway ;  Children: Henry b: 1841 (may have died as a toddler); Elizabeth A b: 1843; George H b: 1845; Mamilla b: 1850.  May havew married 2nd time to Elizabeth Ann Collett 1878
    9. George Hirst b: 10 Dec 1823; bap: 19 Apr 1824 possibly m: Hanna Blackburn 29 Dec 1846 - No known info
    10. Anne Hirst b: 1826, bap: 25 Dec 1827
    11. Ira Hirst - my gg grand father. b: 1829; bap: 24 May 1829; d: 1875  – see below
    12. Sarah Ann Hirst  - b: 14 Apr 1831; bap: 7 Sept 1832 - possible m: William Baines 16 Sept 1845. Children: Harry b: 1852; Alice b: 1856; George b: 1860; Alfred b: 1863; Horace b: 1864; Tom b: 1866.  Martha lived with Sarah Anne and her family in the 1871 census in Britannia Road, Morley, Dewsbury

(The above info was taken from UK census and help from various websites, forums and researcher help)

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Ira, Adelaide, their Children & Descendants:


born:            1829 in Batley, Morley
bap:             24 May 1829
died:            3 Oct 1875, Durban, Natal
Occupation:  Professor of Music
married:       2 Sept 1852 in Gildersome, W Yorks to:

Adelaide Octavia HIRST, nee KINSMAN

born:            28 Jun 1830 in Crosshall, Morley, W Yorks
bap:             17 Dec 1835 by her father, Andrew Guyse Kinsman, Curate of Gildersome
died:            5 Jun 1901, Musgrave House, Berea, Durban
dau. of:        Rev. Andrew Guyse Kinsman
Resided:       Sydenham Seaforth House, Natal

1906 Natal Almanac lists her as living in Pinetown Durban

From Natal Colonist 1875 re Ira's death:

"Mr. Ira Hirst, so well known in Durban, and indeed throughout the colony in connection with music, 

died on the 3rd October, after a protracted illness. 

Mr. Hirst's talents as a musician were highly esteemed, and his loss will be widely felt. 

He leaves a widow and a large family, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.  

The funeral of the deceased took place in the cemetery at Sydenham, in the presence of a large number of his relatives and friends.

 The service was conducted by the Rev. W. H. Mann, and the children of the Sydenham Sunday School assembled at the grave side, 

and sang one of Mr. Hirst's favourite hymns. The deceased was forty-nine years of age"

            Their 7 children were born in Liverpool except for the 2 eldest and the 2 youngest in Natal, SA

1st.    Kate Anne Hirst - b: 1853 in W Derby Lancashire. Bap: 7 Oct 1873, d: 1854 in infancy

2nd.    Adelaide Hephzibah Hirst  - b: Dec 1854 in W. Derby, Lancashire, bap: 24 Jun 1854(?) by her grand father Andrew Guyse Kinsman, d: ?; m: ? Was living in Natal in 1880 at the time of her brother's wedding

                No record of her.  May have moved back to UK from South Africa & married there

3rd.    Ira Fox Hirst  - b: Dec 1856 in L/pool, bap: 25 Dec 1865 by grand father Andrew G Kinsman - Curate of Gildersome; d: ?; m: 28 Jun 1880 in St John's Church, Sydenham, Parish of Lower Umgeni, Maritzburg to Caroline Elizabeth nee KAIRN. Witnesses at the marraige were his mother Adelaide Octavia, his older sister, Adelaide H and his younger brother John Kinsman (my gg grand father) and her father Heinrich Kairn

              Their 6 children:

    1.    Ira Frans Hirst - b: 1881; d: 22 Jul 1957, Jhb Tsvaal; m: unmarried. Violinist, Musical Instrument Repairer and Inventor.  Last address was in Kensington, Jhb

    2.    Cyril Lesley Hirst  – b: 188+; d: 1969; m: Joyce War;  Last address - Trk Mine, Bulawayo. Zim.  Death registered in Transvaal

    3.    Muriel Caroline Hirst  – b: 188+; d: 26 Nov 1922 at 79 Pietermaritz Street, Maritzburg  m: unmarried.  Appears to be buried in Commercail Rd Cemetary in Pmb?

    4.    Evelyn Beatrice Hirst  – b: 188+; d: 14 March 1973, buried Stellawood Cemetary, Durban KZN; m: unmarried.  Also lived in Kensington

    5.    Irene Helen Hirst – b: 8 May 1893, Donaukreis, Wuerttemberg, Germany; d: ?; m: ?

    6.    Mildred Bertha Hirst - b: circa 1895; d: ?; m: 18 Dec 1919, Pmb, Natal to Elan Broomfield TOD b: circa 1891; d: 1969. Witnessed by her brother Ira Frans

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4th.    Florence Lavinia - b: 1858 in Liverpool; bap: 24 Apr 1859, by her grand father Andrew Guyse Kinsman, d: after 1921; m: 6 Jan 1885, in St John's Church, Sydenham, Parish of Lower Umgeni, Maritzburg to Lt Richard Hallows ADDISON (of Reserve Carbuneers) b: circa 1858 ?; d: 1921/2.  Their witnesses were her brother, Ira Fox and her mother Adelaide Octavia

             Their 5 Children:

        1.    Julian Addison - b: 18 Nov 1885, Eshowe; d: 1958;  m: 8 Apr 1920 in Pta to JENNY HENSCHELL; d: 1965 – Dau: George and Helen Henschell. 

                        Their children: 
                        Patrick Julian Hallowes - b: 1921; d: ?; m: Margaret Elizabeth Wallace
                        Christelle - b: 1924; m: Charles MacMahon  d: 1999
                        Helen - 
    b: 1924  m: Roy Clark
                        Richard - b: 1927; d: ?; m: Patricia +++

        2.    Vivian Addison – b: 28 Aug 1987, Eshowe; d: ?;  m: 28 Aug 1918 to Winifred Ellen Weldin

                        Their children:  
                        Joan - b: 1920 ; d: ?; m: George Withinshaw
                        Michael - b: 1922; d: ?; m: +++?
                        Brian - b: 1928 d: ?  m: +++?
                        Christopher - b: 1934 - still living; m: Faye Anne Oldfield

        3.    Cicily Addison b: 10 Sept 1889; d: ?;  m: 16 Feb 1927 to Francis Hinton Edwards b; 3 Oct 1889.  

                        Their children:  
                        Lilian - b: 1932 in Pmb, m: Van Reenen

        4.    Frederick Addison “Eric” – b: 9 Dec 1894, Rorke's Drift; d: ?;  m: 27 Apr 1920, Eshowe to VERA GARRARDb. 23 Feb 1896, Eshowe, dau. of Jonathan Garrard and Alice Mary nee Plowman

                        Their children: 
                        John Richard - b. 1922; d: ?; m: June Rosemary Armstrong b: 1926
                        Barbara - 
    b: 1924; d: ?; m: Roy Burgess
                        Walter b: 1927; d: ?;  m: Diana Burroughs

        5.    Leah Addison - b: 28 Jul 1896, Nqutu. d: ?;  m: 15 Jun 1922, Pmb to Charles Johnstone Stein

                        b. 4 Feb 1894, Formby, Lancs., s. of Robert P. Stein of Hoylake, Cheshire, and Margaret Elizabeth, neé Johnstone
                        Their children: 
                        Margaret b. 1923  m: Paul James Wilson b: 1916; David b: 1932

    Click on this site  to see the Addison & Hallowes family genealogy
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    5th.    John Kinsman Hirst (my great grand father)

    B: Oct 1860 in Liverpool; bap: 28 Apr 1861 by his grand father, Andrew Guyse Kinsman, d: Oct 1923 in Park Rynie, Natal, SA. He retired as a Compound Manager and was in the Boer War in the Rand Rifles, soldier number 29115 where he won a medal.  He is listed in the Jeppe's Business Directory, owning property, living in Heidelberg and retired to Park Rynie.  At age 30, he married my great grand mother, Annie Charlotte nee McDonald (or Lewis),  9 April 1890 in Newcastle at the Holy Trinity Church by the Rev Clarke where she resided with her family at appox age of 20.  JK resided in Heidelburg at 113 V[F]enter Street and was a Shop Keeper.  The marriage was witnessed by her father, Alexander McDonald, of the  Cape Colony and a Free Mason in the Newcastle area

    Their 7 children. mostly born in Natal:
        1.    Clarice Thelma Hirst  - b: before 1891; d: in infancy before 1906

        2.    Daughter - b: May 5 1893, Heidelburg Transvaal

        2.    Lewis Vere Hirst - b: 14 Oct 1891, Heidelberg; d: 11 Mar 1942 at Stafford Infirmary during the 2nd World War of Cary House, Walton-on-Hill, Stafford; m: Amy Doris nee Butterfield, b: 13 Jun 1895, d: 15 Jun 1984. Both are buried in Stonefall Cemetery  Harrogate.  He was a Wing Commander in the RAF and his profession before leaving SA was Cyanider, presumably in the mining industry. Sailed to Plymouth in January, 1916 on the ship Walmer Castle

        3.    Eunice Olive May Hirst - b: circa 1897; d: 19++; m: MacKAY (One of the MacKay brothers John Hay, came out from UK to work for Ira in his music shop so this could be one of his sons/relatives)  She was widowed and re-married 26 Jan 1933 to Stephanus William Nolan Mostert in Musgrave Congregational Church, Durban.  At the time of this amrriage, she was a telephone operator and he new husband was a motor mechanic

        4.    John Hirst - d: ?; d: ? in infancy

        5.    "John" Guise AlexandeHirst - b: circa 1904 in Heidelburg, d: ?; m: Olive Gladys Frederiksen, 18 Sept 1935, St John's Church, Malvern, Natal - may have lived & died in Zimbabwe.  He was also known as John Guyse?

        6.   Iaan Redvers or Johnny Hirst - my grand father (see below)

        7.    Ono(e)ne Maisey Hirst - b: 12 Mar 1907; d: after 1972; m: 17 Jun 1939, at the Lambas (?) Road Baptist Church, Durban to John McLaren McAlp(h)ine, d: 1972. Children: unknown

    Iaan Redvers aka "Johnny" Hirst - my grand father - b: circa 1900; d: in 1970s in Jhb. 


    Constance Margaret nee Robinson - b: 23 Nov 1905; d: 1980s in Zim, m: 1923 in Benoni, Tvl; divorced: 1927; dau of Jack Robinson - b: 1881 Stoke Demerel, Plymouth; d: 1944 Benoni, Tvl; m: Martha Catherine nee Muller - b: 18++; d: 1962; from E. London, E. Cape.

             Their 1 child:

    Redvers John Kinsman "Bunny" Macmillan my father, b in Benoni: 3 Jan 1923; d: 31 Aug 2002; 


    Norma Hilda nee Wilson (Gjesdal) b: 23 Feb 1924; d: 26 Jun 1988, dau of: Harald August Gjesdal Wilson of Fjaer, Norway - occ: Electrical Engineer/Inventor - b: 1874; d: 1955; m: Johanna nee Grill - b: 18++; d: 19++ Benoni; dau of: Fredrich Grill 

                        They had 5 children - my siblings and me! 

    Connie's 2nd marriage in circa 1928  was to William (Bill) Wilson Macmillan  - b: 3 Apr 1906, Kirkintillogh, Edin. Scotland; d: 198+, Harare, Zimb.  My father, Redvers "Bunny" changed his name from Hirst to Macmillan before he married my mother in approx 1944

    Iaan's 2nd marriage was to Dorothy nee Badock ; d: 1946

                    Their 1 child 
    (my father's step sister):
      1. Pamela, b: 193+; d: 198/9+; m: Ervin Otto TOTH whom she divorced in 1966 and had 2(?) children with him - my cousins who I am still trying to find
    (Have not met my grand father "Johnny" and do not know much about him or have any photos.)

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    6th    Miriam Alexandra Hirst - b: Jan 1863 in Liverpool; d: 1944; m: 15 Jan 1891 at St John's Church, Sydenham by Rev. Thomas Goodwin in the Parish of Lower Umgeni, Diocese of Maritzburg to Samuel Henry SAVORY, b: circa 1857, d: ?  Witnessed by her brother Ira Fox and sister, Olive Evalina and his brother, William H

    Wedding Announcement in Natal Witness:

    St. John's, Sydenham by the Rev Thos Goodwin to Eldest son of Mr H Savory, Durban

     to Miriam Alexandria, third daughter of the late Ira Hirst, Professor of Music, Durban”
                    Their 1 child?:

    1.    Lynette Adelaide Elinor Savory – b: 1893?; d: 1926 in Pmb - seems she did not marry

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    7th.    Frederick William Hirst  - b: 1864 either in Liverpool or Natal or, on the ship to Natal - d: 17 Nov 1892, Sydenham, Natal, aged  28yrs old of Enteric fever.  His estate comprised of 25 pounds in the bank and a pony! m:  Unmarried?

     8th.    Olive Evalina Hirst - b: 1871/1874; d: 1941 in Pmb; m: unmarried


      I am trying to trace all the descendants of the above families 
    so if you have any info, please email me  

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