1850–1895

Sep­tem­ber 3, 1850, St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri.

No­vem­ber 4, 1895, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

Orig­in­al­ly at Grace­land Ce­me­te­ry, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois. Re­in­terred at the Church of the Ho­ly Com­fort­er, Ke­nil­worth, Il­lin­ois.

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Eugene was the son of Ros­well Mar­tin Field and Fran­ces Ma­ria Reed Field, and hus­band of Ju­lia Su­ther­land Coms­tock. His fa­ther was an at­torney in the Dred Scott court case.

A jou­rnal­ist, he was ed­u­cat­ed at Will­iams Col­lege, Will­iams­town, Mas­sa­chu­setts, and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mis­sou­ri, and wrote most­ly for child­ren. Spe­ci­mens of his hymns are in Hor­der’s Trea­su­ry of Am­er­i­can Sac­red Song, 1900.

His works in­clude:

  1. Bethlehem-Town
  2. Christmas Morn­ing
  3. Dearest, How It Is to Say
  4. Last Night, as My Dear Babe Lay Dead
  5. O Hush Thee, Lit­tle Dear-My-Soul
  6. Sing, Christ­mas Bells
  7. There Burns a Star o’er Beth­le­hem Town
  8. Three Kings of Co­logne, The
  9. Why Do Bells at Christ­mas Ring?