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Matilda Durham Hoy

HOY, Matilda T. (née Durham). b. Spartanburg County, South Carolina, 17 January 1815; d. Hoy’s Crossing, Cobb County, Georgia, 30 July 1901.  Miss Durham composed or arranged three tunes published by William Walker* in Southern Harmony and Musical Companion during 1835-1840.  It appears likely that Matilda Durham knew Walker, who had moved to the Spartanburg area before 1830.  Other residents of the area whose tunes appeared in Southern Harmony* were B. F. White* and the Rev. John Gill Landrum (1810-1882), who conducted Miss Durham’ marriage to Andrew Coan Hoy (1819-1890) on 19 October 1843.           Possibly the most informative account of Matilda Hoy’s life is the obituary written by...

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