April 13, 1889, Grafton, New Hampshire.

November 16, 1979, Cornish, Maine.

Immanuel Cemetery, Rumney Depot, New Hampshire.


Jesse was the oldest of six children born to George Selwyn Barney and Cora Belle Martin. After attending local schools and the New Hampton, New Hampshire Academy, he attended Rochester Bible Training School, Rochester, New York (1910–12). He taught school in Orange, Grafton, West Rumney, and Wentworth, New Hampshire.

On September 29, 1916, he married Emilie B. Harris at West Rumney, New Hampshire. They had two children: Gerald Stanley Barney, born January 28, 1918; and Miriam Elaine Barney, born November 8, 1919. He became a minister, song writer, and musician. He also served two terms as a missionary in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) (1921–32).

From 1933–38, Barney toured with an evangelistic singing and musical group. On April 23, 1938, he lost his right arm while moving a piano. He then became a poultry farmer at Rumney Depot, New Hampshire. He served as a director of the New England Bible Conference, Rumney, New Hampshire, and Boston, Massachusetts. He was active in local government affairs, and was a representative to the New Hampshire General Court, Concord, New Hampshire.

  1. Assurance
  2. Coming Back Again
  3. He Arose, He Arose
  4. He Comes, He Comes
  5. I Have an Inheritance
  6. Jesus My Savior and King
  7. Jesus the Lord Is King
  8. Missionaries Now Are Needed
  9. O Rushing Wind of God
  10. Praise the Lord
  11. Who Will Go?