Last year in May, the body of the baby found in the Buried Glass Coffin Identified a San Francisco home containing a 19th-century girl. The body was preserved within the casket. Garden of Innocence has been spending the time for the identifying.
The construction site was formerly the Odd Fellows Cemetery, but the workers did not anticipate unearthing
A body as it was believed that the bodies were all moved to Colma in the 1920s.
For whatever reason, Edith’s remains were left behind.
The mystery of who she was and why her casket was never moved stumped locals and researchers alike.
While the body prompted more questions than answers, considering how perfectly preserved it was, some clues were able to give Garden of Innocence a better idea of who Edith was.
According to the Garden of Innocence report, Edith was found wearing a white christening dress with ankle-high boots and purple flowers woven into her hair.
The burial, including roses and eucalyptus leaves placed inside of the coffin, showed the girl came from a well-off family.
“All the hair was still there,” Kevin Boylan, a construction worker, told KTVU. “The nails were there. There were flowers — roses, still on the child’s body. It was a sight to see.”
Elissa Davey, the founder of the Garden of Innocence Project, was determined to identify this girl.
While still searching for answers, the team held a reburial service under the name Miranda Eve with a headstone that read: “Miranda Eve. The Child Loved Around The World. ‘If no one grieves, no one will remember.’”
Michael Dunn, from Garden of Innocence, stated, “She was forgotten and overlooked for more than 100 years, that ends today.”
Researchers searched endlessly to identify the little girl’s remains, but it all came together when they found a map of the old cemetery at a University of California, Berkeley library.
The Garden of Innocence has been helping bury the bodies of unidentified children in California for nearly 20 years.
We have become a place where people find closure,” Davey says about their services.
The collaborative efforts of Garden of Innocence and the researchers who helped identify Edith Howard Cook paid off.