My great grandmother was also Frances Godfrey DeFriez and I am a descendant of Frances and Samuel Walter Jarvis. I don't remember the name of the book but it tells about the
hymns in the LDS hymn book. According to this book it was written at the request of a Reverend H. R. Palmer, in 1874, when he asked her to write some songs on Sunday School lessons. Dr. Palmer composed the tune. According to this book, this hymn was sung at the bedside of James A. Garfield at his last illness and at his memorial services after his death. If you have other information I would really like to have it.