March 8, 1835, New Haven, Connecticut.

March 9, 1905, West Burlington, New York.

Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Connecticut.

John was the son of John Anketell & Augusta Abigail Mills, and husband of Mary Louise Butterfield. He was educated at Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut, and at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in Prussian Saxony. He was ordained a deacon of the American Episcopal church in 1859, and priest in 1860. He founded St. John’s (American) Episcopal Church in Dresden, Germany, in 1869, and later became professor of Hebrew and Greek Exegesis at Seabury Divinity School, Faribault, Minnesota. Anketell translated about 120 hymns from German, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Danish, Italian and Syriac; these appeared in the New York Church Review, starting in 1876, and in other periodicals. His other works include:

  1. In Bondage to the Law
  2. Bright o’er Bethlehem’s Lowly Mangers
  3. Jesu! Our Eternal King!
  4. Jesus! Name of All Most Holy
  5. Lord Jesus, on the Holy Mount
  6. Lord, Thy Word Abideth Ever
  7. O Christ, Thy Constant Blessing
  8. O Joy of Earth!
  9. O Thou Who in That Last Sad Night
  10. On the Banks Where Jordan Rolled
  11. Rejoice, the Savior Reigns!
  12. Ring Out, Sweet Easter Bells
  13. Sion, Haste to Meet Thy King

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