Joseph Scriven was born in 1819 in Banbridge, County Down, Ireland. He graduated with a degree from Trinity College, Dublin in 1842. His fiancée accidentally drowned in 1843, the night before they were to be married. In 1845, at the age of 25, left his native country and migrated to Canada, settling in Woodstock, Ontario.
About 1857 he moved near to Port Hope, Ontario where he again fell in love and was due to be married, but in August 1860 his fiancée suddenly fell ill of pneumonia and died. He then devoted the rest of his life to tutoring, preaching and helping others. Scriven drowned in 1886 at age 66. [Wikipedia]