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Rev Henry Harbaugh

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Rev Henry Harbaugh

Birth
Midvale, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
28 Dec 1867 (aged 50)
Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID
56114858 View Source

Theologian, hymn writer, poet, and publisher. Henry was brought up plainly and simply in the household of his father George Harbaugh and mother Anna Snyder; he was the 10th of 12 children. He labored on his father's farm, attended a school in winter, and studied an English grammar book while the plowhorse rested in the furrow. He grew increasingly restless for wider experiences. At the age of 19, he left his family's farm, and ventured to Ohio; he made it clear that one of the purposes in leaving home was to get an education. During the next few years he worked as a carpenter, organized singing classes, attended New Hagerstown Academy, taught school, wrote poems and elaborate letters to his friends and gained his first experience as a public speaker. From 1840-1843, he attended Franklin and Marshall College. In 1843, he was ordained in the German Reformed Church. For the next 20 years, he held pastorates in Lewisburg, Lancaster, and Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He later returned to Mercersburg Academy (formerly Franklin and Marshall College) where he became a professor of Theology. He was described as a man of senatorial appearances, purposeful and serious, but with a fine sense of humor as well. He published several books including: The Golden Censer; Fathers of the Reformed Church; and The Life of Michael Schlatter. He may best be known for his two great hymns, "Jesus I Live for Thee" and "Jesus, My Shepherd." He also wrote the little volume "Annals of the Harbaugh Family in America from 1736-1856." His childhood school house forms the subject of his most celebrated poem "Das alt Schul-haus an der Krick" written in 1861. Henry was married twice. On December 14, 1843, he married Louisa Goodrich of New Hagerstown, Ohio; she died September 26, 1847 while visiting her parents. He married Maria Louisa Linn of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania who survived him. Henry was the father of 12 children, many of whom died young.

Theologian, hymn writer, poet, and publisher. Henry was brought up plainly and simply in the household of his father George Harbaugh and mother Anna Snyder; he was the 10th of 12 children. He labored on his father's farm, attended a school in winter, and studied an English grammar book while the plowhorse rested in the furrow. He grew increasingly restless for wider experiences. At the age of 19, he left his family's farm, and ventured to Ohio; he made it clear that one of the purposes in leaving home was to get an education. During the next few years he worked as a carpenter, organized singing classes, attended New Hagerstown Academy, taught school, wrote poems and elaborate letters to his friends and gained his first experience as a public speaker. From 1840-1843, he attended Franklin and Marshall College. In 1843, he was ordained in the German Reformed Church. For the next 20 years, he held pastorates in Lewisburg, Lancaster, and Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He later returned to Mercersburg Academy (formerly Franklin and Marshall College) where he became a professor of Theology. He was described as a man of senatorial appearances, purposeful and serious, but with a fine sense of humor as well. He published several books including: The Golden Censer; Fathers of the Reformed Church; and The Life of Michael Schlatter. He may best be known for his two great hymns, "Jesus I Live for Thee" and "Jesus, My Shepherd." He also wrote the little volume "Annals of the Harbaugh Family in America from 1736-1856." His childhood school house forms the subject of his most celebrated poem "Das alt Schul-haus an der Krick" written in 1861. Henry was married twice. On December 14, 1843, he married Louisa Goodrich of New Hagerstown, Ohio; she died September 26, 1847 while visiting her parents. He married Maria Louisa Linn of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania who survived him. Henry was the father of 12 children, many of whom died young.

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