Benjamin Russell Hanby

Benjamin Russell Hanby
Short Name: Benjamin Russell Hanby
Full Name: Hanby, B. R. (Benjamin Russell), 1833-1867
Birth Year: 1833
Death Year: 1867

Benjamin R. Hanby
Born: Ju­ly 22, 1833, Rush­ville, Ohio.
Died: March 16, 1867, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.
Buried: Ot­ter­bein Cem­e­te­ry, West­er­ville, Ohio.

Son of a Unit­ed Breth­ren min­is­ter, Han­by at­tend­ed Ot­ter­bein Un­i­ver­si­ty in Wes­ter­ville, Ohio. Up­on grad­u­a­tion, he worked for the col­lege, then served as prin­ci­pal of an acad­e­my in Sev­en Mile, Ohio. He lat­er pastored in Lew­is­burg and New Par­is, then went on to work for mu­sic pub­lish­ers John Church Com­pa­ny (Cin­cin­nati, Ohio) and Root and Ca­dy (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois). He wrote over five doz­en songs, ma­ny of which ap­peared in the quar­ter­ly Our Song Birds.

One of Han­by’s best known se­cu­lar songs is "Dar­ling Nell­y Gray". He wrote the song while at­tend­ing Ot­terbein Col­lege, in re­sponse to the plight of a run­a­way slave named Jo­seph Sel­by (or Shel­by). Han­by’s fa­ther, Bi­shop Will­iam Han­by, a Unit­ed Breth­ren min­is­ter ac­tive in the Un­der­ground Rail­road, was try­ing to raise mo­ney to free Selby’s be­loved. Han­by’s works in­clude:

The Dove, a Col­lect­ion of Mu­sic for Day and Sun­day Schools, Ju­ve­nile Sing­ing Class­es, and the So­cial Cir­cle, with George Root (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Root & Ca­dy, 1866)

Texts by Benjamin Russell Hanby (21)sort iconAsInstances
All together, all togetherB. R. Hanby (Author)4
Down from the skies bending lowB. R. Hanby (Author)8
Down in that cottage lives Weaver JohnB. R. Hanby (Author)3
Hark, how your leader's bugle is soundingB. R. Hanby (Author)5
Ho, ho, ho, out to the beautiful groves we goB. R. Hanby (Author)3
How sweet the holy hourB. R. Hanby (Author)4
Jipidee, jipidee, blithe and gayB. R. Hanby (Author)3
Little eyes, little eyes Open with the morning lightRev. B. R. Hanby (Author)12
Little floweret, press thy wayB. R. Hanby (Author)2
Now to the Lord on highB. R. Hanby (Author)5
O sing to me of that better landB. R. Hanby (Author)5
Row row row over the beautifulB. R. Hanby (Author)2
See the Savior in the templeB. R. Hanby (Author)8
The morning is beamingB. R. Hanby (Author)2
These temperance folks do crowd us awfullyB. R. Hanby (Author)5
Up the steeps the morn is boundingB. R. Hanby (Author)2
We are coming, sang the robinB. R. Hanby (Author)2
We are coming, we are comingB. R. Hanby (Author)8
We come in childhood's joyfulnessB. R. Hanby (Author)7
We come, we come, a waiting bandB. R. Hanby (Author)4
Who is he in yonder stallBenjamin R. Hanby (Author)89

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