His life tells a story.
Unexpected business caused the lawyer to stay home in Chicago a few extra days instead of joining his family on the trip across the ocean. A companion of the famous evangelist D. L. Moody, the Presbyterian layman and his family planned to join Moody in England for one of his crusades.
Tragedy befell the steamship S.S. Ville du Havre, when struck by an iron sailing vessel. 226 reportedly died because of the accident, including Spafford’s four daughters. Annie, Maggie, Bessie, and Tanetta – ranging in ages from two to eleven – all drowned in the waters of the Atlantic on November 22, 1873. Spafford’s wife Anna survived the trip. Arriving in England, she sent a simple telegram to her husband that read “Saved Alone.”
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