(Originally posted, May 3, 2011)
And there she is, the link – well, sort of a link: Grace Hartley Howe, cousin to Lizzie Borden, sitting behind John F. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman. 1st Row: Governor Paul Dever, JFK, Truman, Eddie Doolan; 2nd Row: Tom Kitchen, Mary Kane, Grace, City Councilor John Arruda, and David Talbot. This photograph was taken in Fall River in 1952 during JFK’s campaign for the Senate and is on display in the dining room cabinet at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast/Museum. Grace died in 1955, three years after this photograph was taken.
Grace lived her last years at this cottage on Martha Street in Fall River.
It has a lovely view of the Taunton River, which would have been even more exposed in her time there.
When a boy, Fall River author Leonard Rebello (Lizzie Borden Past & Present) used to deliver papers to Grace here. He never knew her connection to Lizzie Borden until he was doing research for his book.
Oak Grove Cemetery grave site of Cook and Mary Borden – Grace Borden Hartley Howe’s maternal grandparents. (Right click for larger image)
Grace’s grandfather, Cook Borden, was a brother of Abraham Borden – Andrew Borden’s father. Grace’s mother, Mary Borden Hartley, was named after Grace’s grandmother (Cook Borden’s wife). Grace’s own daughter, Mary Hartley Baker, who died many years before Grace, was also named after *her* grandmother. Mary’s son, (Grace’s grandson) Robert Baker, inherited family property in Westport and also much of Lizzie’s personal property – as did Grace’s own son, Hartley, which Grace had inherited from Lizzie. When Hartley died in 1996, some of what *he* had was left to his wife, Rosella Hartley Howe.
Grace is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery with her husband, Louis McHenry Howe (d.1936