The Hirsts - Yorkshire Records
George Hirst, son of Joseph Hirst and Esther Oliver Hirst, was born 25 Feb 1795 and christened 29 Mar 1795 in Rothwell, Yorkshire. He married Hannah Keighley 11 Sep 1816 Rothwell, Yorkshire . George died 20 Aug 1864 of gastric fever and pneumonia, he was 69 years old. His residence was Camp Road, Mill Yd occupation: engine tender. The informant was Esther Hirst. George was buried on August 24, 1864 in St Mark Woodhouse cemetery.
Born Hannah Keighley 10 May 1797 in Middleton, Rothwell parish. She was christened 5 Jun 1797 in Rothwell. She married George Hirst 11 Sep 1816. Hannah Hirst died September 15, 1866 at Camp Road, Leeds of heart disease and dropsy. The informant was Eliza Rayner of 62 Meanwood Rd. Hannah Hirst was buried on September 18, 1864 in St Mark Woodhouse
cemetery Children of George and Hannah Hirst
Esther Hirst, daughter of George and Hannah Hirst, was christened 9 Mar 1817 in Rothwell parish. Probable marriage to Thomas Gomersall, September 1840, St Peter, Leeds. They lived in Morley 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881. They had five children. Thomas Gomersall was a farmer. Esther is a widow in 1891.Esther gives her birthplace as Rothwell. Esther Gomersall died March, 1892 in Dewsbury, 76 years old. (I have requested the marriage certificate to confirm Esther's father's name)
Harriett Hirst, daughter of George and Hannah Hirst, was christened 4 Oct 1818 in Rothwell
parish. Probable marriage to Thomas Bullough March 1840, Holy Trinity, Rothwell. They lived
in Hunslet 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871. They had at least two children. Thomas was a bricklayer.
He was widowed and living in Bradford in 1881. Harriett Bullough died in Hunslet, September
1871. (I have requested the marriage certificate to confirm Harriett's father's name)
Samuel Hirst, son of George and Hannah Hirst, was christened 13 Aug 1820 in Rothwell. He died 29 May 1839 of consumption, Camp Road, Leeds. He was 18 years old. Hannah Hirst was the informant. Samuel was buried 2 Jun 1839 St. Mark Woodhouse cemetery.
Thomas Hirst, son of George and Hannah Hirst, was christened 24 Nov 1822 in Rothwell. He died 14 Aug 1823 and was buried 17 Aug 1823 Holy Trinity, Rothwell.
George Hirst, son of George and Hannah Hirst, was born 21 Jun 1824 and christened 25 Jul 1824, Rothwell parish. He married Elizabeth Bilbrough 1 Jul 1849 at St Mark Woodhouse, Leeds. They sailed for New York 6 July 1849. George Hirst died Hutchinson, Kansas 25 Jul 1897.
Hannah Hirst, daughter of George and Hannah Hirst, was christened 10 Sep 1826 in Rothwell. She was not married. She died January 1918, age 91. Hannah Hirst was buried 23 Jan 1918 at St Mark Woodhouse cemetery.
Eliza Hirst, daughter of George and Hannah Hirst, was christened 16 Nov 1828 Saint Peter, Leeds. She married Frederick Rayner in 1848. They had at least 6 children. Eliza Rayner died September 1911 and was buried in Beckett Street cemetery, Leeds, grave number 6198, near Light Brigade Row.
Jeremiah/ Jeremieth Hirst
Jeremiah Hirst b. 29 Mar 1831, was christened 22 May 1831 Saint Peter, Leeds. He died 2 Mar 1835 at Camp Road Mill, Leeds He was 4 years old. Jeremiah was buried 5 Mar 1835 at St Mark Woodhouse cemetery, Leeds.
Elizabeth Hirst, daughter of George and Hannah Hirst, was christened 4 Oct 1835 Saint Peter,Leeds. She died 12 Oct 1846 of a Psoas abcess. She was 12 years old. She was buried 14 Oct 1846 St Mark Woodhouse cemetery. The death certificate is dated 16 Oct 1846, but the burial record is dated 14 Oct 1846. The death wasn't registered until the 22nd. Her sister, Eliza Hirst, was the informant. I think the date given to us by Lisa Rogers, 12 Oct 1846 is correct.
Mary Ann Hirst
Mary Ann Hirst, daughter of George and Hannah Hirst, was christened 25 Jun 1837 Saint Peter, Leeds. She married William Greenwood 1858. They had eight children. Mary Ann Greenwood died Feb 1879 and was buried 12 Feb 1879 St Mark Woodhouse cemetery. (I have requested the marriage certificate to confirm the date)
Camp Road Mill
George and Hannah moved from Rothwell into central Leeds between 1826, when Hannah was born and 1828, when Eliza was born. They lived at Camp Road in Leeds in the area now known as Woodhouse. (Camp Road is now called Oatland Lane) We know that they lived at Camp Road Mill as early as 1835 (Jeremiah's burial record) and continued living there until Hannah died in 1866. It appears that their house was located in the mill yard. Camp Road Mill was a woolen mill producing finished cloth. The mill was under the name James Robinson in 1830, Robinson and Watson in 1834 and 1837. William Morphet is the owner in the 1847, 1858 and 1870 directories.
George Hirst gives his occupation as Engineer in 1849 and 1851. Since the Hirsts were the only family living on the mill property, George may have been the mill engineer and caretaker. At the time of his death, he was listed as an Engine Tender, so we can assume he knew steam engines. His son, George, gives his occupation as Millwright in 1849 and 1850. It would appear that the younger George learned how to assemble and maintain the mill machinery there on Camp Road and that he used that skill when he came to the US.