August 1, 1840, near Miami, Missouri.

November 30, 1904, at his home in Dayton, Virginia.

Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Virginia.


Kieffer was the son of John Kieffer and Mary Funk (daughter of Virginia musician Joseph Funk), and husband of Elizabeth Josephine Hamman.

In the American civil war, Kieffer served in the 10th Virginia Volunteer Infantry. He was one of the founders of the Kieffer-Ruebush Gospel music publisher in Dayton, Virginia, and edited the Musical Million magazine. His works include:

  1. Art Thou with Life’s Burden Weary?
  2. Band of Happy Children, A
  3. Beyond the Dark Valley
  4. Bless the Lord, O My Soul
  5. City of Light, The
  6. Day Star of Israel
  7. Dust to Dust with Ashes Lay
  8. Earthly Cares Will Soon Be Ended
  9. Far Beyond Life’s Gloomy Portal
  10. Gentle Spring Is Here Again
  11. Go Forth in the Highway
  12. Golden City Bright
  13. Happy Christmas Bells Are Ringing
  14. Hear Me, Savior, While I Pray
  15. Holy, Happy Angels, Guard the Christian’s Way
  16. Home of the Blest, Sweet Visions of Love
  17. How Fair Must Be That Heavenly Home
  18. How Sweet Will Be the Welcome Home
  19. How We Love These Hours of Singing
  20. I Am Bound for That Place of Bright Glory Above
  21. I Have a Home Above the Starry Skies
  22. I Have Had Sweet Dreams of a Better Land
  23. I Long for That Sweet Rest
  24. I Love the Blessed Savior
  25. I Love to Think of That Happy Land
  26. I’ll Sing to My Savior’s Praise
  27. I’m a Lonely Pilgrim Here
  28. In That Dread and Awful Day
  29. In the City of God
  30. Is Thy Pathway Dark and Dreary?
  31. Is Thy Young Heart, O Happy Child
  32. Jesus Sat By the Well
  33. Keeping Working, ’Tis Wiser Than Sitting Aside
  34. Jesus Will Let You In
  35. Little Child Who Loves to Pray, A
  36. Lonely in the Desert
  37. Nearer, Yet Nearer, My God, to Thee
  38. Now the Sabbath Morning Dawns
  39. O Father, Come Kiss Me Once More
  40. O That Land of Delight
  41. O the Night of Time Soon Shall Pass Away
  42. O When Shall I Dwell in My Father’s Bright Home?
  43. Oft in the Midnight’s Stilly Hour
  44. Pilgrims in This Land of Sorrow
  45. Ready When the Dawning Comes
  46. Rejoice, and Be Glad
  47. Resurrection, The
  48. Safely We’ll Dwell in Yon Blest Land
  49. Savior, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me
  50. Say, Are You Ready?
  51. See Sodom Wrapped in Fire
  52. Seek a Refuge Now, Ere the Day Is Gone
  53. Shout for Gladness, Sons of Zion
  54. Tarry with Me, Savior
  55. Tenderly Lay Her to Rest
  56. The Lord, My Refuge Is
  57. The World Looks Very Pretty
  58. There Are Mansions of Love in That Land Far Above
  59. There Is a Land on Whose Fair Shore
  60. There’s a Beautiful Land Beyond Death’s Rolling River
  61. There’s a Beautiful Land of Light
  62. There’s a City Whose Builder and Maker Is God
  63. There’s a Land of Light and Love Far Away
  64. There’s a Little Grave on the Green Hillside
  65. To the Woods, to the Woods
  66. Twilight Is Falling
    • Twilight Is Stealing
  67. We Shall Gather Home at Last
  68. We Speak of the Realms of the Blest
  69. We’re a Band of Little Pilgrim Strangers
  70. We’re a Little Pilgrim Band
  71. When Christ Shall Come to Earth Again
  72. When Life’s Day Is Over
  73. While the Sweet Sabbath Morning Is Gilding the Hills
  74. Whom Have I in Heaven but Thee?
  75. Widow Sat Watching Her Fair-Haired Boy, A
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