Woman of the Century/Phœbe Palmer Knapp
PHŒBE PALMER KNAPP. KNAPP, Mrs. Phœbe Palmer, musician and author, born in New York, N. Y., 8th March, 1839. She is the daughter of Dr Walter C. and Phœbe Palmer, of New York City. Her mother was eminent as a religious author and teacher It has been estimated that forty-thousand souls were converted through their labors. Their home was a home of prayer and song. Mrs. Knapp early showed musical ability, both in singing and composition. She became the wife of Joseph F. Knapp in 1855. In her new relation opportunity was furnished for the development of her gifts. Her husband was the superintendent of South Second Street Methodist Episcopal Sunday-school, and later of the St. John's Methodist Episcopal Sunday-school of Brooklyn, N. Y. Under their labors those schools became famous. She wrote much of the music sung by the schools. Her first book was entitled "Notes of Joy" (New York, 1869). It contained one-hundred original pieces written by Mrs. Knapp, and had a wide circulation and great popularity. She is also the author of the cantata, "The Prince of Peace," and many popular songs. Her organ is her favorite companion. She writes music, not as a profession, but as an inspiration.