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 Frances Jane “Fanny” Crosby

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Frances Jane “Fanny” Crosby Famous memorial

Birth
Putnam County, New York, USA
Death
12 Feb 1915 (aged 94)
Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Burial
Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID
4173 View Source

Poet, Hymnist. Born Frances Jane Crosby in Gayville, New York the only child of John and Mercy Crosby. An illness at two months led to applications of poultices and plasters to her affected eyes, and the treatment blinded her. Some six months later, her father died, forcing her mother to work, while she was raised by her grandmother. At about age ten, she and her mother relocated to Connecticut, where Fanny was taught the Bible by rote and could recite the four Gospels and Song of Solomon among other verses by the time she was 12. At fifteen, she enrolled in the New York Institute for the Blind where she studied such things as English, science, history, philosophy, astronomy, and music and where her penchant for writing poetry was encouraged. Her first published work was 'A Blind Girl and Other Poems' which appeared in1844, followed by 'Monterey and Other Poems' in 1853, and 'A Wreath of Columbia's Flowers' in 1858. She also learned to sing and mastered the guitar, the piano, the organ, and became a noted harpist. From 1847 to 1858, she joined the faculty, teaching English and history. In 1850, during a cholera outbreak, she remained at the school to nurse the sick, rather than retreat to the safety of the countryside. From that point her compositions began to reflect a more religious tone. She became an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She married Alexander van Alstyne, also a blind musician and teacher, in 1858. Her first hymn was published in 1863 with the music of composer William Bradbury, 'There's a Cry from Macedonia.' She continued to work with Bradbury and for other composers, including Philip Phillips, Hubert P. Main, Robert Lowry, W. H. Doane, Ira D. Sankey, Philip P. Bliss, W. F. Sherwin, and Phoebe Knapp over the next forty years, writing such hymns as 'Blessed Assurance,' 'Saved By Grace,' 'To God Be the Glory,' and 'Safe in the Arms of Jesus,' the last being played at President U. S. Grant's funeral in 1885. For several years she was under contract to write three hymns a week for the publishing firm Bigelow and Main. They purchased 5,900 poems from her and in her later years provided her a regular allowance. By the end of her career she had written well over 8,000 hymns. Her last book of poems 'Bells at Ev¬en¬ing and Other Vers¬es' was published in 1897. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1975. Several biographies have been published including 'Her Heart Can See: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby' by Edith Blumhofer in 2005.
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FANNIE CROSBY 93 YEARS OLD
Noted Hymn Writer, Blind Almost
Since Her Birth, Continues
Her Life Work.
Drldgejiort, Conn., March 25. Fann
Crosby, tho blind hymn writer, cele
brated here ninety-third birthday an
niversary. She is In good health and
continues to take an active interest
In her work. During the last year she
has made several trips to points in
New York and New England to speak
at public gatherings. Miss Crosby
is, the author of more than 6,000
hymns, many of which are known
throughout the English-speaking
world. The writer has been blind al
most from her birth. In hor youth she
was a pupil in the New York Institute
for the Ulind. Sho was afterward a
teacher in tho institution. Miss Cros
by was married in 1858 to Alexander
Van Alstyno, who died in 1902. (Taken from The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, March 27, 1913)

Poet, Hymnist. Born Frances Jane Crosby in Gayville, New York the only child of John and Mercy Crosby. An illness at two months led to applications of poultices and plasters to her affected eyes, and the treatment blinded her. Some six months later, her father died, forcing her mother to work, while she was raised by her grandmother. At about age ten, she and her mother relocated to Connecticut, where Fanny was taught the Bible by rote and could recite the four Gospels and Song of Solomon among other verses by the time she was 12. At fifteen, she enrolled in the New York Institute for the Blind where she studied such things as English, science, history, philosophy, astronomy, and music and where her penchant for writing poetry was encouraged. Her first published work was 'A Blind Girl and Other Poems' which appeared in1844, followed by 'Monterey and Other Poems' in 1853, and 'A Wreath of Columbia's Flowers' in 1858. She also learned to sing and mastered the guitar, the piano, the organ, and became a noted harpist. From 1847 to 1858, she joined the faculty, teaching English and history. In 1850, during a cholera outbreak, she remained at the school to nurse the sick, rather than retreat to the safety of the countryside. From that point her compositions began to reflect a more religious tone. She became an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She married Alexander van Alstyne, also a blind musician and teacher, in 1858. Her first hymn was published in 1863 with the music of composer William Bradbury, 'There's a Cry from Macedonia.' She continued to work with Bradbury and for other composers, including Philip Phillips, Hubert P. Main, Robert Lowry, W. H. Doane, Ira D. Sankey, Philip P. Bliss, W. F. Sherwin, and Phoebe Knapp over the next forty years, writing such hymns as 'Blessed Assurance,' 'Saved By Grace,' 'To God Be the Glory,' and 'Safe in the Arms of Jesus,' the last being played at President U. S. Grant's funeral in 1885. For several years she was under contract to write three hymns a week for the publishing firm Bigelow and Main. They purchased 5,900 poems from her and in her later years provided her a regular allowance. By the end of her career she had written well over 8,000 hymns. Her last book of poems 'Bells at Ev¬en¬ing and Other Vers¬es' was published in 1897. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1975. Several biographies have been published including 'Her Heart Can See: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby' by Edith Blumhofer in 2005.
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FANNIE CROSBY 93 YEARS OLD
Noted Hymn Writer, Blind Almost
Since Her Birth, Continues
Her Life Work.
Drldgejiort, Conn., March 25. Fann
Crosby, tho blind hymn writer, cele
brated here ninety-third birthday an
niversary. She is In good health and
continues to take an active interest
In her work. During the last year she
has made several trips to points in
New York and New England to speak
at public gatherings. Miss Crosby
is, the author of more than 6,000
hymns, many of which are known
throughout the English-speaking
world. The writer has been blind al
most from her birth. In hor youth she
was a pupil in the New York Institute
for the Ulind. Sho was afterward a
teacher in tho institution. Miss Cros
by was married in 1858 to Alexander
Van Alstyno, who died in 1902. (Taken from The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, March 27, 1913)

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/4173/frances-jane-crosby: accessed ), memorial page for Frances Jane “Fanny” Crosby (24 Mar 1820–12 Feb 1915), Find a Grave Memorial ID 4173, citing Mountain Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum, Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .