Lizzie DeArmond

DeARMOND, Lizzie (Elizabeth Douglas Foulks DeArmond). b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 23 July 1847; d. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 26 October 1936. She was a prolific writer of gospel songs and hymns, of which the best known is ‘If your heart keeps right’*, beginning ‘If the dark shadows gather’.  Little is known about Lizzie DeArmond’s parents.  The US Federal Census for 1850 indicates that her father was Charles F. Foulks (1825?- nda), a druggist in Philadelphia, and that her mother was Matty Foulks (1828?-nda).  For the same family, the 1860 census shows Charles S. Foulks, lawyer, and Mattie D Foulks.  Elsewhere her parents’ names appear as Charles T. Foulks and Mattie Douglass  (DeArmond...

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