April 18, 1823, Pompey Hollow, Onondaga County, New York.
1915, Binghamton, New York.
Oran Community Church Cemetery, Pompey, Onondaga County, New York.
Harriet was the daughter of Eleazer Rice (1790–1879) and Hannah Goodrich (1800–1851). She lived in Onondaga County, New York. She spent her girlhood on a farm, receiving what education the country schools and one term at high school could provide. She was always fond of reading, and was a great singer, with a clear ringing voice.
On July 7, 1844, she married Zenas Alonzo Jones (1809–1879). Her song writing career began when her poetry came to the attention of Merritt J. Munger, who asked if she could write some Sunday school hymns for him. She went on to write for Daniel Towner, J. C. Ewing, the Fillmore brothers, and others.