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Benjamin Russell Hanby
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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)

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