Born: February 26, 1846, East Carlton (near Kendall), New York.
Died: October 6, 1945, Catskill, New York.
Buried: Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, Queens, New York.
George was the son of William Vanness Stebbins and Teressa Waring, husband of Elma Miller, and father of George Waring Stebbins.
He studied music in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, then became a singing teacher.
Around 1869, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, to join the Lyon and Healy Music Company.
He became the music director at the First Baptist Church in Chicago, and it was in Chicago he would meet leaders in the Gospel music field, such as George Root, Philip Bliss, & Ira Sankey.
At age 28, Stebbins moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he became music director at the Claredon Street Baptist Church. The pastor there was Adoniram Gordon.
Two years later, Stebbins became music director at Tremont Temple in Boston. Shortly thereafter, Stebbins became involved in evangelism campaigns with Dwight Moody and others.
Around 1900, he spent a year as an evangelist in India, Egypt, Italy, Palestine, France and England.