Jane W. Bradfors
Benjamin Hanby: A Gift of Song was written in 1984 by Jane W. Bradford, then the Director of the Westerville Public Library. This book is an adaptation of Choose You This Day: The Legacy of the Hanbys by Dacia Custer Shoemaker, focusing specifically on the life of composer Benjamin R. Hanby.
The Widow, A Leader in Women's Education, Wife of the Song Writer, Author Of Darling Nelly Gray; Experiences of Her Remarkable Life of Ninety-Seven Years
"The Widow" by Brainerd Hanby. This self-published book contains Brainerd's recollections of his mother, Mary Katherine Winter Hanby. She was one of the first two graduates of Otterbein University (1857), the wife (and shortly thereafter the widow) of Benjamin Russell Hanby (class of 1858), composer of "Up on the Housetop" and "Darling Nelly Gray." The book deals primarily with Kate's life after Ben's death, and her struggles raising two children as a single woman in the late nineteenth century.
Charles Burleigh Galbreath
“Benjamin Russel Hanby - Author of ‘Darling Nelly Gray’,” was first published in April, 1905 as an article in the “Quarterly,” the publication of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society. Author Charles Burleigh Galbreath was an Ohio educator and librarian who twice served as the State Librarian (1896-1911 and 1915-18) and was the secretary and librarian of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society (today known as the Ohio History Connection) from 1920 until his death in 1934. Burleigh published numerous articles, pamphlets, and books on Ohio history. This book contains correspondence not published in any other account of Benjamin Hanby’s life.
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