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Ithamar Conkey

1815 - 1867 Composer of "RATHBUN" in Gold Tried in the Fire Ithamar D. Conkey USA 1815-1867. Born of Scottish ancestry in Shutesbury, MA, he became a wool merchant. He married Elizabeth Billings, and they had a daughter and two sons. He was organist at Central Baptist Church,Norwich, CN. After that, he went to NewYork City and served as bass soloist at Calvary Episcopal church and Grace Church. Later, he served as bass soloist and choir director of Madison Avenue Baptist Church. His famous hymn was written in 1849. Two years later, William Howard Doane was baptized in the same church. John Perry

David Evans

1874 - 1948 Person Name: David Evans (1874-1948) Harmonizer of "HYFRYDOL" in Church Hymnary (4th ed.) David Evans (b. Resolven, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1874; d. Rosllannerchrugog, Denbighshire, Wales, 1948) was an important leader in Welsh church music. Educated at Arnold College, Swansea, and at University College, Cardiff, he received a doctorate in music from Oxford University. His longest professional post was as professor of music at University College in Cardiff (1903-1939), where he organized a large music department. He was also a well-known and respected judge at Welsh hymn-singing festivals and a composer of many orchestral and choral works, anthems, service music, and hymn tunes. Bert Polman

Asahel Nettleton

1783 - 1844 Composer of "NETTLETON" in Church and Sunday School Hymnal with Supplement Nettleton, Asahel, D.D., a well-known Connecticut evangelist, was born at North Killingworth, Connecticut, April 21, 1783, and educated at Yale College, graduating in 1809. In 1811 he was licenced to preach, receiving ordination in 1817. He never settled as a pastor with any congregation, but preached in Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York; in Virginia, 1827-28; and also in Great Britain in 1831. He died in 1843. His Memoirs, Sermons and Remains were published in 1844. Dr. Hatfield ascribes to him a hymn:— "Come, Holy Ghost, my soul inspire— This one great gift impart;" apparently on no other ground than that it appeared anonymously (as did many others) in his Village Hymns, in 1824, and has been traced no further. Nettleton's hymnological work centred in the compiling of his Village Hymns, from which more hymns of the older American writers have passed into English collections than from any other source. He knew and could appreciate a good hymn, but it is doubtful if he ever did or ever could have written one. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Samuel W. Beazley

1873 - 1944 Person Name: Samuel W. Beazley, 1873- Composer of "RACINE" in The Baptist Standard Hymnal Samuel W. Beazley was born in Sparta, Virginia in 1873. He was a music scholar and taught music at Shenandoah College for five years. He composed over 4,000 gospel songs during his lifetime. Samuel W. Beazley maintained a successful publishing business in Chicago, Illinois. He died in Chicago on September 16, 1944. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1992. NN, Hymnary editor. Source: www.gmahalloffame.org

Robert J. Powell

b. 1932 Arranger (vs. 4 harmonization) of "BEECHER" in Hymns for the Family of God POWELL, ROBERT J., FAGO, ChM (b. 1932): B.M. in organ and composition, Louisiana State University; S.M.M. Union Theological Seminary, New York. Positions held include Assistant Organist, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York; Director of Music, St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH; Organist/Choirmaster, Christ Church, Greenville, SC, and Organist, Trinity United Methodist Church, Greenvillw, SC. Over 500 compositions in print. Robert J. Grimpo (from In Melody and Song, Darcey Press, 2014

William Boyce

1711 - 1779 Person Name: William Boyce (1710-1779) Composer of "HALTON HOLGATE" in The Oxford Hymn Book William Boyce (baptised 1711 – d. 7 February 1779) was an English composer and organist. See also in: Wikipedia

William Penfro Rowlands

1860 - 1937 Person Name: William Penfro Rowlands, 1860-1937 Composer of "BLAENWERN" in Revival Hymns and Choruses

F.-H. Barthélémon

1741 - 1808 Person Name: Francois Hippolite Barthelemon Composer of "AUTUMN" in Songs of Work and Worship French violinist, composer, teacher, he became active in England, playing in an Italian comedy orchestra and led a band. He wrote opera, ballet, theatre music and ballads, popular songs, masques, concertos and 6 symphonies. John Perry

Heinrich Isaac

1450 - 1517 Person Name: H. Isaac Composer of "ADORATION" in The Tribute of Praise Heinrich Isaac; b. about 1450, Germany; organist in Florence, Italy; supposed to have died there abour 1517 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908

John Wyeth

1770 - 1858 Composer of "NETTLETON" in Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.)

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