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Frances Havergal: Chronology of Life

Compiled by Dorothy Ross
Frances HavergalFrances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879) was an English poet and hymn writer. Began writing verse at age of seven. Her most widely known hymn is "Take My Life and Let It Be." Also wrote the words for "Like A River Glorious," "I Gave My Life for Thee," and "Who Is on the Lord's Side?" She published several volumes of poems and hymns as well as prose writings.
1836 Born in Astley, Worcestershire, England. (Dec 14)
1842 Family moves temporarily to Hallow, Worcestershire. Frances age 5.
1845 Family moves to Worcester, Worcestershire for her father's appointment to the Rectory of St. Nicolas.
1848 Her mother, Jane, dies after a long illness (Jul 5); Frances age 11.
1850 Goes to private school for the first time.
1851 Meets Miss Cooke (later becomes her stepmother) who challenges Frances to trust herself to the Saviour at once.
Frances trusts the Lord Jesus. (Feb)
Her father marries Caroline Ann Cooke. (July)
1852-53 Accompanied her parents to Germany.
Attended school in Düsseldorf, Germany for over a year.
Continued studies in the family of pastor in Obercassel, Germany.
Returned with parents to England.
1856 Visits Ireland at age 20.
1858 "I Gave My Life for Thee" written while in Germany (Jan); her father wrote the tune "Baca" to go with these words.
1860 "I Gave My Life for thee" published in periodical, Good Words. (Feb)
Her father resigns from St. Nicolas because of failing health and family moves to Shareshill, England.
1867 Family moves to Leamington, England.
1869 Her first book of poetry, The Ministry of Song, published.
1870 Her father, William Henry Havergal, dies at Lemington. (April 19)
1871 "Golden Harps Are Sounding" lyrics written.
1872 "Lord, Speak to Me that I May Speak" lyrics written.
1873 Read little book, All for Jesus, which had profound effect upon her. (Dec)
Consecrates her life to be all for Jesus.
1874 Hymn of consecration, "Take My Life and Let It Be" lyrics written (Feb); originally to be sung to melody Patmos composed by her father.
" I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus" lyrics written.
1876? "Like A River Glorious" lyrics written.
Devotional work My King, or Daily Thoughts for the King's Children published.
1877 "Who Is on the Lord's Side?" lyrics written.
1878 Her dear second mother, Caroline, dies after a long illness. (May 26)
Goes with her sister Maria to the Mumbles, on the Welsh coast, for quiet and rest.
"True-Hearted, Whole-Hearted, Faithful and Loyal" lyrics written.
1879 Devotional work Kept for the Master's Use published.
Died in Swansea, Caswall Bay, Wales. (June 3)
Buried in Astley, Worcestershire, England.
1880 Children's work Little Pillows, or Goodnight Thoughts for the Little Ones published.
Compiled by Dorothy Ross for WholesomeWords.org 2011.
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