||John A. Granade|
||Granade, John Adam, 1763?-1807|
Birth Year (est.):
Born: 1770, New Bern County, North Carolina.
Died: December 6, 1807, Sumner County, Tennessee.
After a period of desperate depression, Granade came to Christ in 1800 at a Presbyterian camp meeting at Desha’s Creek, Sumner County, Tennessee. Ordained a Methodist circuit riding preacher, Granade was referred to by the Nashville Banner as the "wild man of Goose Creek" (Sumner County, Tennessee) and was also variously known as "the poet of the backwoods" and "the Wild Man of Holston." Granade worked in part in the world of shape-note singing in the Shenandoah Valley, where a variety of musical sources, both sacred and profane, were at play. His works include:
Pilgrim’s Songster (Lexington, Kentucky: 1804)
Granade, John Adam (ca. 1763--1807, Wilson County, Tennessee). A Methodist circuit rider, admitted at a session of the Western Conference, 1 October 1801 at Ebenezer, Tenn. For three years he rode the Green, Holston, and Hinckstone circuits. He then settled in southwest Tennessee as a physician-farmer.
He had a number of campmeeting hymns in Thomas Hinde's Pilgrim Songster (Cincinnati, 1810) whose preface states: " . . . our two western bards Mr. John A. Granade and Caleb J. Taylor, composed their songs during the great revivals of religion in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee about 1802-1804."
--Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives