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, and 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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