Jonathan Edward Spilman

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Jonathan Edward Spilman

Birth
Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, USA
Death 23 May 1896 (aged 84)
Illinois, USA
Burial Flora, Clay County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 18085431 · View Source
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"Jonathan E. Spilman was the writer of the music for "Away In A Manger". He was a well-known American who was first a lawyer and then a Presbyterian minister."

His birthplace:Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky

He was a lawyer 18 years, became a minister when 46 & a composer. While at Transylvania law school, 1837, he wrote the music for Robert Burns "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" best remembered of his seven melodies. An Adaptation of this music used in one of the tunes to "Away In A Manger" words by Martin Luther.

He was connected with such famous personalities as Robert Burns, Martin Luther, President Zachary Taylor, Jefferson Davis, and Edward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe.

He was a lawyer 18 years. He became a minister when 46.



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  • Created by: Lady In Black
  • Added: 26 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18085431
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jonathan Edward Spilman (15 Apr 1812–23 May 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18085431, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Flora, Clay County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Lady In Black (contributor 46799457) .