Possibly John Smith Drinkard (1808-ca. 1865) who was born in South Carolina and was living in Georgia in 1830 and 1840, and in Alabama in 1850.
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Composer: R. F. Ball
Robert F. Ball (ca. 1840-12 August 1862) was born in Monroe County, Georgia, the son of Jonathan Ball and Eliza Osmore. According to Ogletree, he was a staunch Methodist. The youngest member of the 1859 revision committee for The Sacred Harp, he died near Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War.
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