1835 - 1910 Person Name: Stephen V. R. Ford Hymnal Title: The Junior Hymnal Composer of "[Happy little sailors]" in The Junior Hymnal Born: 1835, Greenville, New York.
Died: June 5, 1910, New York City.
Son of Cyrus Earle and Amanda Hedden Ford, Stephen wrote several battle hymns during the American civil war which were sung by Union soldiers. He was a partner in a shirt and collar making company, Ide & Ford, in Troy, New York (1865-72). In his later years, he was known as an author, editor, composer and critic. He was living in Schenectady, New York, in 1908. His works include:
Sunday-School Teaching (Hitchcock & Walden, 1868)
Melodies for Little People (New York: Hunt and Eaton, 1891)
The King’s Birthday: A Carol Service for Christmas (New York: Hunt and Eaton, 1893)
The Stone Rolled Away: An Easter Missionary Service (Curts & Jennings, 1897)
Recitations, Song and Story for Sunday and Day Schools, Primary and Intermediate Departments (Eaton & Mains, 1900)
The Junior League Songster
Bible Wonders and Aids to Bible Study (New York: Bible Wonders Company)
Methodist Year Book, 1902 (editor)
S. V. R. Ford