Born: September 1, 1791, Norwich, Connecticut.
Died: June 10, 1865, Hartford, Connecticut.
Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.
Lydia was the daughter of Ezekiel Huntley and Sophia Wentworth, and wife of Charles Sigourney (married 1819, Hartford).
She conducted a school in Norwich (1809–14), then moved to Hartford. She spent most of the rest of her life there, where she was known as
the sweet singer of Hartford.
Her first publication was Moral Pieces in Prose and Verse (1815). She went on to publish almost 60 works in her lifetime.
The principal hymnals in which her writings appeared were the Congregational Village Hymns (1824); Ripley’s Selection (1829); the Connecticut Psalms and Hymns (1845); Winchell’s Baptist Additional Hymns; Linsley & Davis’ Select Hymns (1836); and the Universalist Hymns for Christian Devotion, by Adams & Chapin (1846).