Many American musical traditions and hymns were inherited from the British Isles, from the Lutherans and their chorales. John Wesley founded the Methodist church and established it in the United States. His brother, Charles contributed greatly to that effort in his composition of many hymns. In the latter part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th, many hymns took tunes from popular music of that time, such as the love songs. Some examples are “Oh How I Love Jesus” and “in the garden.”
I intend to return to this particular post and expanded, with recorded examples. I also welcome any contributions to the subject.