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Ebenezer Beesley

Ebenezer Beesley
Short Name: Ebenezer Beesley
Full Name: Beesley, Ebenezer, 1840-1906
Birth Year: 1840
Death Year: 1906

Ebenezer Beesley was born December 14, 1840, in Oxfordshire, England. He had two wives. He married his first wife in March of 1859. They left England in April of 1859 to move to Salt Lake City. They travelled by foot and handcart from Omaha with a company of 250-300 people. He married his second wife in 1869. Beesley was a musician and music teacher who directed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Utah from 1880-1889 and other choirs in Utah. He wrote several hymns and edited Latter-day Saints Psalmody, the first LDS hymn book with both music and words.

Dianne Shapiro from Find a Grave website, "Ebenezer Beesley Composed Nearly a Dozen Hymns in the Current Hymnbook and Conducted the Choir for Almost a Decade," from The Tabernacle Choir Blog, March 13, 2014, and "Beesley, Sarah Hancock, [Reminiscences] in Handcart Stories" from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints website "Pioneer Database" (accessed 1-1-2021)

Wikipedia Biography

Ebenezer Beesley (14 December 1840 – 21 March 1906) was a Latter-day Saint hymn writer and composer. The music for twelve of the hymns in the 1985 English-language hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) were written by him. Beesley was born in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England. His parents joined the LDS Church when he was quite young and he was baptized a member of the church on 22 September 1849. After serving with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Beesley taught music in Tooele, and then for a time in Lehi, Utah. He then moved back to Salt Lake City where he died.

Tunes by Ebenezer Beesley (29)sort descendingAsInstancesIncipit
ABRAMEbenezer Beesley, 1840–1906 (Composer)333215 43321 71325
[Accept the tribute of our hearts]E. Beesley (Composer)2
ANIMATION (Beesley)Ebenezer Beesley, 1840–1906 (Composer)351117 16517 13275
[As the sun, arrayed in splendor]E. Beesley (Composer)2
[Children, gladly join and sing]E. Beesley (Composer)3
[Come, children, let us join and sing]E. Beesley (Composer)2
DESERETEbenezer Beesley (Composer)4
EBENEZER (Beesley)Ebenezer Beesley, 1840–1906 (Composer)315436 54321 56788
WOOBURN GREENE. Beesley (Composer)431234 32171 33354
HANCOCK (Beesley)Ebenezer Beesley, 1840–1906 (Composer)254333 23453 11123
HARTS (Milgrove)Ebenezer Beesley, 1840–1906 (Arranger)155112 23114 32123
[Hosts of children, every morning]E. Beesley (Composer)2
[Let Saints rejoice, the night is past]E. Beesley (Composer)2
[Let us oft speak kind words to each other]E. Beesley (Composer)3
[Little ones, come! we will worship together]E. Beesley (Composer)3
[Lord, we ask Thee, ere we part]E. Beesley (Composer)3
[Merry, merry children, sweetly sing]E. Beesley (Composer)3
[Reverently and meekly now]E. Beesley (Composer)2
[Sing to the great Jehovah's praise]E. Beesley (Composer)2
[Sing we now at parting]E. Beesley (Composer)4
['Tis sweet to sing the matchless love]E. Beesley (Composer)3
[We meet again in Sabbath School]E. Beesley (Composer)3
[Welcome happy Sunday]H. Beesley (Composer)4
[Welcome, welcome, Sabbath morning]E. Beesley (Composer)3
[What voice salutes the startled ear]E. Beesley (Composer)2
[When called to the throne of your Lord]E. Beesley (Composer)3
[When Christ was born in Bethlehem] (Beesley)E. Beesley (Composer)217654 32123 65321
[With hearts prepared, with one accord]E. Beesley (Composer)2
[Your sweet little rose-bud has left you]E. Beesley (Composer)2

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