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Author of "Stand for the right, ye called of God"
Author of "Jesus Will Always Love You"
Author of "Praise ye the Lord, O sing"
Author of "Questions—Still Unresolved!" in Shaping Sanctuary
Author of "Everybody likes a jolly fellow"
1887 - 1960Author of "I Serve a Risen Savior" in Psalter Hymnal (Gray)Alfred Henry Ackley was born 21 January 1887 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the younger brother of B. D. Ackley. His father taught him music and he also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1914. He served churches in Pennsylvania and California. He also worked with the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team and for Homer Rodeheaver's publishing company. He wrote around 1500 hymns. He died 3 July 1960 in Los Angeles.
Dianne Shapiro (from ackleygenealogy.com by Ed Ackley and Allen C. Ackley)
1872 - 1958Author of "He will carry you through"Bentley DeForrest Ackley was born 27 September 1872 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the brother of A. H. Ackley. In his early years, he traveled with his father and his father's band. He learned to play several musical instruments. By the age of 16, after the family had moved to New York, he began to play the organ for churches. He married Bessie Hill Morley on 20 December 1893. In 1907 he joined the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team as secretary/pianist. He worked for and traveled with the Billy Sunday organization for 8 years. He also worked as an editor for the Homer Rodeheaver publishing company. He composed more than 3000 tunes. He died 3 September 1958 in Winona Hills, Indiana at the age of 85 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana, near his friend Homer Rodeheaver.
Dianne Shapiro (from ackleyfamilygenealogy.com by Ed Ackley and Allen C. Ackley)
Composer of "[No days like the days of happy youth]" in Sunday School Hymns No. 2Given name Isaac Hickman Meredith. Used Pseudonym Charles C. Ackley. See also Meredith, I. H.
There is a "Chas. C. Ackley" listed as an editor to "Children's Praise No. 1" also edited by I. H. Meredith and published by Tullar-Meredith. It is unclear whether this is a pseudonym or a name of a real person. However, "Charles C. Ackley" is identified as a pseudonym of Meredith's in the 1938 Catalog of Copyright Entries for renewals of music published in 1912. These compositions use "Charles" instead of "Chas."
Author of "More like my Savior I would ever be"
1852 - 1924Author of "Will You Be Found Up There?" in Great Revival Hymns No.2Stanley Frank Ackley was born April 1, 1852 in Spring Hill, PA. His father was a farmer. He married Ophelia A. Cogswell, November 1, 1871. She lived in the same county. For a time, he was a vocal music teacher and he had a band that he traveled with. In 1898, he became a minister in the Methodist Protestant Church. He served churches in Berwick, PA, Inwood, NY, Daleville, PA, White Plains, NY, Tarrytown, NY and Paterson NJ. He died June 3, 1924 in Elmhurst, PA. He was the father of B. D. Ackley (hymn writer), George Kilmer Ackley (minister) and A. H. Ackley (hymn writer).
Dianne Shapiro (from Archives of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church - lycoming.edu/umarch/who_pastors/a.htm; findagrave.com; ackleygenealogy.ocm (by Ed Ackley and Allen C. Ackley)