SHUMWAY, Nehemiah. b. Oxford, Massachusetts, 26 August 1761; d. Freehold, New Jersey, July 1843. Shumway is best known for his compilation, The American Harmony (1793, 1801), and the tunes BALLSTOWN and SCHENECTADY, found in The Sacred Harp*.
Shumway’s parents were Amos Shumway (1722?-1818) and Ruth Parker Shumway (1745-1792). In 1795, five years after graduating from Rhode Island College (now Brown University), Nehemiah married Sarah Tice in Freehold, New Jersey. According to A. A. Shumway’s Genealogy, Nehemiah was once the Principal of the Freehold Academy. However, archivists in New Jersey have been unable to confirm this assertion.
The Genealogy also notes that Shumway ‘chose...
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