Born: August 31, 1861, Hiram, Ohio.
Died: March 3, 1921, Hiram, Ohio.
Buried: Fairview Cemetery, Hiram, Ohio.
Jessie was the daughter of Holland Brown and Jane A. Abell, and wife of John Edwin Pounds, pastor of the Central Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana (married 1896).
She was in poor health as a child, and received her early education at home.
At age 15, she began submitting articles to Cleveland newspapers and various religious publications. In her early years, an editor commented that some of her poetry would make good hymn texts. So began her song writing career.
Over her lifetime, Pounds wrote 50 librettos for cantatas and operettas, 9 books, and more than 400 Gospel songs. She collaborated with James Fillmore for three decades.