Born: March 9, 1839, New York, New York.

Died: Ju­ly 10, 1908, Po­land Springs, Maine.

Buried: Green­wood Cem­e­te­ry, Brook­lyn, New York. Thom­as Hast­ings and Hen­ry Beech­er lie near­by.

Phoebe’s par­ents were Meth­od­ist evan­gel­ists Dr. Wal­ter C. Palm­er and Phoe­be Wor­rall Palm­er. At 16 years of age, she mar­ried Jo­seph Fair­field Knapp, se­cond pres­i­dent of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Life In­sur­ance Com­pa­ny. They be­longed to the John Street Meth­o­dist Church in New York Ci­ty, as did Phoe­be’s close friend Fan­ny Cros­by. Af­ter her hus­band’s death, Phoe­be was left with a large in­come, much of which she gave to char­i­ty. Phoe­be had a large pipe or­gan in her apart­ment in the Sa­voy Ho­tel in New York Ci­ty, and wrote over 500 hymn tunes.



  1. Assurance
  2. Behold Me Standing at the Door
  3. Cleansing Wave
  4. Come with Re­joic­ing
  5. Nearer the Cross
  6. Open the Gates of the Tem­ple
  7. Welcome to Glo­ry