Born: May 11, 1827, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Died: November 22, 1902, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Buried: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
Septimus was the husband of Hannah Jane Guyer.
He was a well known poet, composer and violinist. A self taught musician, he ran a music store, gave lessons on various instruments, and played in the Philadelphia Brass Band and Cecilian Musical Society.
He wrote or edited over 200 volumes of music for more than 20 instruments, and produced 2,000 arrangements for violin and piano.
He wrote the song Listen to the Mocking Bird, but sold the rights to it for the grand sum of five dollars. In the next few years, it sold 20,000,000 copies.
His other songs include: