|Short Name:||Benjamin Russell Hanby|
|Full Name:||Hanby, B. R. (Benjamin Russel), 1833-1867|
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)
|Hymnals by Benjamin Russell Hanby (8)||As|
|Chapel Gems: Enlarged Edition||B. R. Hanby (Editor)|
|Chapel Gems for Sunday Schools: selected from "Our Song Birds," for 1866, The "Snow Bird," the "Robin," the "Red Bird" and the "Dove"||B. R. Hanby (Editor)|
|Chapel Gems for Sunday Schools: selected from The Snow Bird, Red Bird, Dove and Blue Bird, and from Linnet (Enl. ed.)||B. R. Hanby (Editor)|
|The Blue Bird: a Collection||B. R. Hanby (Editor)|
|The Dove: a Collection||B. R. Hanby (Editor)|
|The Red Bird: A Collection||B. R. Hanby (Editor)|
|The Robin: A Collection||B. R. Hanby (Editor)|
|The Snow-Bird: A Collection||B. R. Hanby (Editor)|