Emma Louise Ashford

Emma Louise Ashford
Short Name: Emma Louise Ashford
Full Name: Ashford, Emma Louise Hindle, 1850-1930
Birth Year: 1850
Death Year: 1930

Born: March 27, 1850, New­ark, Del­a­ware.
Died: Sep­tem­ber 22, 1930, at her home in Nash­ville, Tenn­ess­ee.
Buried: Mount Ol­iv­et Cem­e­te­ry, Nash­ville, Tenn­ess­ee.

Ashford’s fa­ther was a mu­sic teach­er, and her mother had a beau­ti­ful so­pra­no voice. She could sing from child­hood, even be­fore she could speak plain­ly, and mu­sic was an in­te­gral part of her home life. When she was three years old, she sang a so­lo at a char­i­ty con­cert; by age five, she be­gan to ex­tem­po­rize al­to parts to songs and hymns. At age eight, she joined the church choir and the glee club, and was said to be the best sight read­er in both. When she was 10 years old, she re­ceived the gift of a gui­tar, and could play the ac­com­pa­ni­ments with­in a few weeks. By this time she could al­so play the pi­a­no and or­gan.

At age 14, she moved with her fam­i­ly to Ply­mouth, Mass­a­chu­setts, then to Sey­mour, Con­nec­ti­cut, the next year. There she was be­came or­gan­ist at St. Pe­ter’s Epis­co­pal Church un­der Dud­ley Buck. While in Sey­mour she al­so stu­died pi­a­no with Mrs. Street, and pipe or­gan with Dr. An­der­son.

At age 17, she mar­ried John Ash­ford (who was lat­er an of­fic­er of Van­der­bilt Un­i­ver­si­ty), and they moved to Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, where she sang al­to in a quar­tet at St. James Epis­co­pal Church. Af­ter about a year there, they moved to Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.




Ashford, Emma Louise (Hindle). (Delaware state, March 27, 1850-- ). Sand and studied with father. Moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1864; to Seymour, Connecticut, 1865; Organist, St. Peters (Episcopal) Church, 1865; married, 1967 to John Ashford; moved to Chicago, ca.1867; alto soloist (under Dudley Buck), St. James (Episcopal) Church, Chicago, 1967-1868; moved to Nashville, Tennessee, ca.1869. Studied pipe organ with Dr. Anderson; composition with Dr. R.H. Peters. 10 years, Mr. & Mrs. Ashford conducted choir work at Presbyterian Church and Jewish Temple in Nashville. Visited and studied in Europe, 1894, 1897, 1904. Publisher, Lorenz.

See: Hall, J. H. (c1914). Biographies of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company.

--Keith C. Clark, DNAH Archives

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