1791–1865

Introduction

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Born: Sep­tem­ber 1, 1791, Nor­wich, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Died: June 10, 1865, Hart­ford, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Buried: Spring Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Hart­ford, Con­nec­ti­cut.

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Biography

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.

Works

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).

Sources

Lyrics