Born: March 23, 1837, Barre, Vermont.
Died: June 5, 1916, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Buried: Rutland Rural Cemetery, Rutland, Massachusetts.
Franklin was the son of Apollos K. Barns and Lois Putnam. He married twice: to Mary Jeannette Higgins (April 4, 1860) and widow Lucretia Waite Rice (September 2, 1906). Both marriages took place in Worcester, Massachusetts.
When he was 12 years old, his family moved to Colbrook, Massachusetts. There, in addition to a receiving a public school education, he became proficient on the violin.
In 1858, he settled in Worcester, Massachusetts. After visiting several different churches, he was baptized in a stream at Lincoln Square in January, 1859, through the ice, after which he walked a half mile with the minister before they could change out of their wet clothing.
For over 40 years, Barnes served the Advent Christian Church in Worcester as deacon, song leader, and Sunday School superintendent (1875–1900).
He composed 70 or more hymns. His first known song, Founded on the Rock, was in print by 1868.
In addition to his musical gift, he was also a successful artist.
If you know where to get a good photo of Barnes (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?