Amos Pilsbury

PILSBURY, Amos. b. Newbury, Massachusetts, 15 October 1772; d. Charleston, South Carolina, 19 October 1812.  Pilsbury was a tunebook compiler, composer, and schoolmaster.  He is known in hymnology primarily for his compilation The United States’ Sacred Harmony (Boston: Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1799), the earliest tunebook known to include the tunes KEDRON and CHARLESTON.  Pilsbury also published a collection of hymn texts, The Sacred Songster (Charleston: G. M. Bounetheau, 1809). According to David B. Pilsbury and Emily A. Getchell’s The Pillsbury Family (Everett, Massachusetts, 1989), Amos Pilsbury was the second child born to Samuel Pilsbury (1748-1828) and Mary Hackett...

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