Jonathan E. Spilman
|Jonathan Edwards Spilman|
Jonathan Edwards Spilman
April 15, 1812|
Greenville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Died||May 23, 1896
Flora, Illinois, U.S.
|Resting place||Elmwood Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Illinois College|
|Spouse||Eliza Sarah Taylor|
Jonathan Edwards Spilman (15 April 1812 – 23 May 1896) was a Kentucky lawyer, minister, and composer.
Jonathan Spilman was born in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky to Benjamin Spilman, and graduated from Illinois College in 1835. 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 was used in one of the tunes to "Away in a Manger"; and also "We Hail Thee Carolina", the alma mater of the University of South Carolina.
He was married to Mary V.J. Menefee, who died prematurely in 1843. Two years later, on 10 April 1845, he married Eliza Sarah Taylor (1822–1866), a niece of U.S. President Zachary Taylor. To them were born ten children, of whom six survived: Charles, Louise, William, Byrd, Clara, and Lewis. His wife Eliza died on 10 August 1866, as the result of a fire aboard the steamboat "Bostona No. 3" in Maysville, Kentucky.
- Family Tree of President Zachary Taylor
- SORLEY, Merrow Egerton: Lewis of Warner Hall: the history of a family, including the genealogy of ...
- Carter, L.D. Burning of Bostona No. 3. Gallipolis Journal. 1866. p. 1.
- "Burning of the Steamer Bostona No. 3." New York Times. August 12, 1866. p. 10.
- Historical Marker Database Search[permanent dead link]
- Hoover, Earl Reese: J.E. Spilman — Kentucky's long-lost composer of a world-famous melody rediscovered. Kentucky State Historical Society, 1968.
- Free scores by Jonathan E. Spilman in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- The Seven Melodies of Jonathan Edwards Spilman
- Works by Jonathan E. Spilman at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Jonathan E. Spilman at Internet Archive
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