1818–1888
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Sep­tem­ber 12, 1818, Car­lisle, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Ju­ly 6, 1888, Bloom­field, New Jer­sey, at the home of his son Sam­u­el.

Wood­lawn Ce­me­te­ry, De­troit, Mi­chi­gan.

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George was the fa­ther of hym­no­lo­gist Sam­u­el Duf­field.

Duffield gra­du­at­ed from Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty in 1837, and from Un­ion The­o­lo­gi­cal Sem­in­a­ry in 1840.

Ordained a Pres­by­ter­i­an mi­ni­ster, like his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther, he first pas­tored at the Fifth Pres­by­ter­i­an Church in Brook­lyn, New York, for se­ven years. He then served at the First Church of Bloom­field, New Jer­sey (1847–52), and the Cen­tral Pres­by­ter­i­an Church of the North­ern Li­ber­ties in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia (1852–61).

There he found a mort­gaged church build­ing in a neigh­bor­hood from which the po­pu­la­tion was mov­ing west­ward, a con­gre­ga­tion re­duced in num­bers, dis­heart­ened, and un­a­ble to meet its fi­nan­cial ob­li­ga­tions. Duf­field held on un­til 1861, when he re­signed his pas­tor­ate.

He lat­er served at Adri­an, Mi­chi­gan (1861–65); Gales­burg, Il­li­nois (1865–69); then Sa­gi­naw (1869), Ann Ar­bor and Lan­sing, Mi­chi­gan (from 1869).

He was al­so on the Board of Re­gents for the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mi­chi­gan, and re­ceived a DD de­gree from Knox Col­lege.

George’s works in­clude:

  1. Blessed Sav­ior, Thee I Love
  2. Carefully, Tear­ful­ly
  3. None Loves Me, Sav­ior, with Thy Love
  4. Once Again Be­side the Cross
  5. Parted for Some Anx­ious Days
  6. Praise to Our Hea­ven­ly Fa­ther, God
  7. Savior, Like a Shep­herd Lead Us
  8. Slowly in Sad­ness and in Tears
  9. Stand Up, Stand Up for Je­sus