1812–1882

Oc­to­ber 10, 1812, Isle of Pur­beck, Dor­set, Eng­land.

May 6, 1882, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.

Mount Ol­iv­et Ce­me­te­ry, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.

Thomas was the son of James Sum­mers, and hus­band of Nar­sil­la Bru­tan Sex­ton.

After em­i­grat­ing to Am­er­i­ca, he was ad­mit­ted to the Me­thod­ist Bal­ti­more [Mar­y­land] Con­fer­ence in 1835.

From 1840–43 he was a mis­sion­ary in Tex­as, where he found­ed a Me­thod­ist com­mu­ni­ty on Gal­ve­ston Is­land. He moved to Tus­ca­loo­sa, Al­a­ba­ma, in 1844, and Charles­ton, South Ca­ro­li­na, in 1846.

From 1845 he was sec­re­ta­ry of the Con­fer­ence of the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church, South, and was al­so a book ed­it­or.

Subsequently, he was Pro­fess­or of The­ol­o­gy and pas­tor at Van­der­bilt Un­i­ver­si­ty, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.

He was chair­man of the Hymn Book Com­mit­tee of the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church, and ed­it­ed the Songs of Zi­on, 1851, and the Wes­ley­an Psal­ter, 1855.

  1. Call to China, The
  2. Daylight Fades, The
  3. Father Di­vine, We Cry to Thee!
  4. Glory to God, the Fa­ther, Son
  5. Gods That Gave Us Not Our Birth, The
  6. Great Fa­ther on High, Look Down
  7. Morning Bright, The
  8. Nearer, My God, to Thee, Near­er I Sigh
  9. O Fa­ther, We Ap­proach Thy Throne
  10. Praise the Sav­ior, Give Him Glo­ry
  11. Sabbath Morn­ing, Sab­bath Morn­ing
  12. To Fa­ther, Son, and Spir­it, One God in Per­sons Three
  13. To Je­sus Our King, Who Sits on the Throne

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