Hanby: Benjamin. Sheet Music and Biography

By | January 5, 2021

Hanby Sheet Music

Black & White Photo of Benjamin Hanby's head and Shoulders
Benjamin Hanby

Benjamin Hanby was an American composer born on 22nd July 1833 in Rushville, Ohio.

He wrote over eighty songs with some of his most famous being Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Up on The House Top and Darling Nelly Gray.

Life and Career

Benjamin’s father William was a Bishop in Church of the United Brethren in Christ and as a family they were very religious. As a teenager Benjamin assisted his father with the Underground Railroad which helped slaves escape to freedom.

The house in which he wrote Darling Nelly Gray in 1856 is now a historical site name ‘Hanby House’. The song tells the story of a slave who has been separated from his love.

That same year at the age of twenty three he graduated and briefly taught before becoming a minister. Then in 1860 he became the head teacher of Seven Mile Academy in Seven Mile, Ohio. Four years later in 1864 he became minster of a church in New Paris Ohio, but this was short-lived as by the end of the year he was in charge of a singing school in the same village.

Sadly Hanby suffered an early death from tuberculosis at the age of just thirty three on 16th March 1867.

Hanby Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

On music-scores.com we have a selection of arrangements of Benjamin Hanby sheet music in PDF format for you to download.

Read more about this composer at Ohio History Central and Wikipedia.

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