Born: March 9, 1839, New York City.
Died: July 10, 1908, Poland Springs, Maine.
Buried: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
Phoebe was the daughter of Methodist evangelists Walter C. Palmer and Phoebe Worrall Palmer. At age 16, she married Joseph Fairchild Knapp, second president of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
They belonged to the John Street Methodist Church in New York City, as did Phoebe’s close friend Fanny Crosby.
After her husband’s death, Phoebe was left with a large income, much of which she gave to charity.
Phoebe had a large pipe organ in her apartment in the Savoy Hotel in New York City, and wrote over 500 hymn tunes.