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Benjamin Hanby

Perhaps most well-known for his Xmas songs “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” and “THROUGH TO the home Top,” this nineteenth-century composer also composed a hymn titled “WHO’S He In Yonder Stall?” Furthermore, he composed a favorite melody, “Darling Nelly Grey,” that tells the storyplot of the slave that has been separated from his like. After graduating from Otterbein School, he became a pastor at an Ohio branch from the Church from the United Brethren in Christ. He passed away in his thirties of tuberculosis. He and his dad, Bishop William Hanby, both helped slaves get away to independence via the Underground Railroad. Chicago-based music publisher George Frederick Main bought the submitting privileges to “THROUGH TO the Housetop” in 1865.

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