Born: 1840, Lancaster, Ohio.
Died: October 9, 1896, Columbus, Ohio.
Buried: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
John was the son of Christian Spielman and Mary Giesy, and husband of Catherine Schiff (married 1868).
He was a professor at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio (1864–72), and a public school librarian in Columbus.
He edited the Sunday-School Hymnal, Psalterlust, and Cantica Sacra.
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