January 9, 1836, Salem, North Carolina.

December 21, 1900, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died in the middle of giving a music lesson.

Nisky Hill Cemetery, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Warner was a Moravian organist, composer, and hymnal editor. His parents were Benjamin & Anna Louisa Stotz Warner.

In his youth, Warner served a year in Salem as apprentice to the printing trade, then took up the study of music, especially the piano. He spent a year in Philadelphia, then three years in Leipzig, Germany, studying under Hans von Bülow and other German masters.

Returning to Philadelphia, Warner took up music as a profession. He played the organ at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Germantown, and later at the Woodland Presbyterian Church, where he served the rest of his life.

On March 30, 1869, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Warner married Celestine Victoria Reinke, daughter of Samuel Reinke and Charlotte Sophia Hueffel (daughter of Moravian bishop Christian Gottlieb Hueffel).

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