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Frances Howe family photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP074
Identifier: SP074

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs of members of Howe, Bath, Biddle, and Bailey families in Chicago, Illlinois; Quebec, Canada; Michigan City, Indiana; Mackinac Island, Michigan; and Bergamo, Italy ranging from circa 1860 to circa 1910, largely portraits of family members, a log cabin church attended by the Howe family, and Edward Biddle's residence in Mackinac Island.


  • circa 1860-circa 1910

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Frances Rose Howe was born to Francis and Rose (Bailly) Howe on February 4, 1851 in Illinois. She attended the academy run by the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana with her sister, Rose. Howe attained her first passport at age 18, the start of frequent traveling she did over much of her life. Her passport application describes her as 5 ft., 3 1/2 in. tall with black eyes, a prominent nose, a full face, and dark brown hair. She never married but eventually adopted Emma Cecilia Bachmann when Emma was 23 years old. They met when Emma was a young girl living in St. Ann's Orphanage and School in Terre Haute, Indiana operated by the Sisters of Providence. Howe wrote a book about her grandfather Joseph Bailly and the Bailly homestead--which Howe inherited--The Story of A French Homestead In the Old Northwest (1907). She died on January 20, 1917 in Los Angeles, California and was buried in Bailly Cemetery in Porter County, Indiana.

Rose Bailly was born to Joseph, a French-Canadian fur trader, and Marie LeFevre (Lavigne) Bailly, a woman of French and Ottawa descent, on February 25, 1813 in Mackinac Island, Mackinac County, Michigan. She had several siblings, including Esther Mary (1811–1842) and Eleanor (1815–1898), and half-siblings, including Francis (1795-1870), Sophia S., (1796–1892), Agatha (1797–1873), Alexis C. (1798–1861), and Joseph Philip (1799–1889). She married Francis Howe on November 8, 1841 in Porter County, Indiana and they had several children, including Eleanor, Frank, Rose F. (1842–1879), and Frances Rose (1851-1917).

Agatha Bailly was the daughter of Joseph and Marie LeFevre (Lavigne) Bailly, born in 1797 in Mackinac Island. She married Edward Biddle (1782–1859) and they had 4 children: Sophia Agathe (1820–1848), John (1823–1886), Mary (1825–1833), and Sarah (1833–1923). Agatha Biddle died in Mackinac Island on March 23, 1873 and was buried in Saint Ann's Cemetery there.

Eleanor Cecilia Bailly was born on June 2, 1815 to Joseph and Marie LeFevre (Lavigne) Bailly in Mackinac Island. She became a nun in 1841, taking the name Sister Mary Celeste, before eventually being elevated to mother superior of the Sisters of Providence in St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Vigo County, Indiana after the death of Mother Theodore Guerin. She served in the position from 1856 to 1868. Under her leadership, the sisters began built a new, larger academy in 1860 and the Sisters of Providence went to Indianapolis and Vincennes to serve in military hospitals during the U.S. Civil War. She died on August 2, 1898 and was buried in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Sources: "Frances Howe." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 14, 2021. "Rose Bailly." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed October 14, 2021. "Frances Howe." U.S., Passport Applications, 1795-1925. Accessed October 14, 2021.

Beel, Paul. "The Life of Eleanor Bailly (Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly)." Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Accessed October 14, 2021.

Findagrave.comn. "Agatha Bailly Biddle." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed October 14, 2021.

Findagrave.comn. "Frances Rose Howe." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed October 14, 2021.

Findagrave.comn. "Francis Bailly." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed October 14, 2021.

Findagrave.comn. "Rosene Marie Victoire 'Rose' Bailly Howe." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed October 14, 2021.

Findagrave.comn. "Sr. Eleanor Bailly." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed October 14, 2021.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S0691: Rose Francis B. Howe papers

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Collection processing completed 2021/10/14 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/10/14 by Brittany Kropf.
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