HOLSINGER, George Blackburn, oldest of four sons of Joseph
H. and Rebecca (nee Blackburn) Holsinger, members of the Church
of the Brethren, was born on his father's farm, near Pleasantville.
Bedford County, (Pa.), May 20, 1857. His father was leader of
song for the Church of the Brethren for a number of years. Eleven
years of common school education, and he was ready to teach. He
soon drifted into teaching music, something he passionately loved.
He received instruction in music from men of national reputation,
among them Benjamin H. Everett, W. E. Burnett, B. C. Unseld,
George F. Root, R. H. Palmer, and J. C. Filmore. When the Virginia
Normal, now Bridgewater College, was moved to Bridgewater,
in 1882, he took charge of the musical department, and taught piano,
organ, vocal, history, harmony, and composition. He gave over
30,000 lessons on instruments, alone.
In 1898 he became musical editor for the Brethren Publishing
House, and from that time till the close of his life, gave his time to
preparing song books and traveling among the churches, conducting
musical institutes and singing classes. Pie was leader of the song
service at General Conference for a number of years.
He was united in marriage with Sallie A., daughter of David N.
and Mary (nee Miller) Keagey, of Bridgewater, Va.), the union
being solemnized by Solomon Garber, on August 19, 1884. She very
richly supplemented his poetical and musical talent with her own
ability. To them were born twin boys, but Clyde K. alone reached
He united with the Church of the Brethren, October 8, 1875.
While engaged in teaching a vocal class at Astoria, (111.), he took
sick with pneumonia and passed on before, even before his wife
could reach his bedside. His funeral was preached by Andrew
Hutcheson, using for text 1 Cor. 15: 51-58. His body lies buried in
the Bridgewater, (Va.), Cemetery.
A History of the Church of the Brethren in the Middle District of Pennsylvania:1781-1925
Contributed by Mary Hall Miller
Sallie Kagey Holsinger
1854–1930 (m. 1884)
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