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Hymn "Rochford"

By Otis Read on 28/03/2015 at 14:11

Greetings -

I am writing to you from Warren, Rhode Island, USA where I am doing research on my ancestor, the hymn composer Daniel Read (1737-1836). Of special interest to you might be that he wrote a hymn to which he gave the title "Rochford". Very often there were towns in America named after English towns, but so far, I have not discovered any Rochford on this side of the ocean.

I am hopeful that you can point me in the direction as to why DR named this hymn. The lyric was written by Englishman Isaac Watts and there are perhaps clues in the lyric as to why he might have named the hymn Rochford. But nothing obvious I suspect.

Please pass on to me the name of a person(s) who might have an interest in receiving a copy of "Rochford" and who might have some clues as to Read relatives that might have been from the Rochford area. I hope that this is not an inconvenience for you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks, Otis Read

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