Edith Howard “Miranda Eve” Cook

Edith Howard “Miranda Eve” Cook

Birth
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 13 Oct 1876 (aged 2)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Section: Yerba Buena, Tier: 1, Plot: 2
Memorial ID 179222861 · View Source
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The second child of Horatio Nelson and Edith Scooffy Cook. She was originally buried in the family plot in the Yerba Buena section of San Francisco's Odd Fellows Cemetery on October 15, 1876. In the early 1930s to make way for a residential neighborhood, the cemetery was closed and the interred were exhumed and transferred to Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma, CA. In the process, Edith was left behind. On May 9, 2016, during a remodeling excavation of one of the back yards, the coffin was unearthed. Since no one knew who the little girl was, The Garden of Innocence Project named her "Miranda Eve" and reburied her on June 4, 2016, at a service attended by about 140 people.

An extensive research effort was launched to find out her true identity. After 11 months it was found that her real name was Edith Howard Cook. Another memorial service will be held on June 10, 2017 to honor Edith.Miranda was born about 1868 and was about age 3 when she died. Her small bronze and lead coffin were found in 2016 during a house renovation in a San Francisco neighborhood. The neighborhood was called the Richmond District.

Many of the old graveyards in San Fransisco were closed in the late 1800's. The location of the house in the Richmond District where Miranda Eve was found, was once the site of the Odd Fellows Cemetery. The burials in the Odd Fellows Cemetery were moved in the late 1800's to Colma.

Miranda Eve's parents are unknown. Miranda is not her real name, but a name given to her in preparation for her second burial in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma on June 4, 2016.

Miranda's heart shaped marker reads:
Miranda Eve
The Child Loved Around The World
"If no one grieves, no one will remember."

Work is being done to try to identify Miranda Eve. In 1900, San Francisco banned burials within the city because the cemeteries were out of room. By 1912, more than 150,000 bodies were removed from San Francisco to Colma. There are currently about 17 cemeteries in Colma.

When San Francisco flourished during the Gold Rush and through the late 1800's, there were 27 cemeteries in San Francisco. But by the early 1900's, most burials in 21 cemeteries were moved to Colma. This left four more cemeteries to dig up and rebury in Colma. San Francisco kept two cemeteries, which were the Mission cemetery and the National cemetery. The four remaining cemeteries to remove remains were Calvary, Laurel Hill, Masonic, and Odd Fellows. These four cemeteries were untended, full with no more room for burials, and scavengers were disturbing the graves. Many of the San Francisco burials were dug up and reburied in mass graves in Colma. Work on these cemeteries was completed about 1945.

Part of San Francisco's old Odd Fellows Cemetery is the present site of the Angelo Rossi playground and a public pool. It was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, where little Miranda Eve was originally buried.

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Abstract and information from Washington Post, June 6, 2016-

Mystery Girl in Calif gets second funeral, 145 years after she was first buried-

More than 100 people traveled to a California cemetery Saturday morning to grieve the mystery girl with the golden hair, a child laid to rest with no nome, no family and no story.

Mourners tossed flowers on her grave. Someone sang "Over the Rainbow.". Strangers wept.

The girl's gravestone read: "The child loved around the world."

Mourners from across the state arrived over the weekend not with tales to share or answers to give, but with a sense of common purpose. They hoped, in some small way, that their presence might fill the empty space where her real family - her real parents- should have been but weren't. Like her, they'd probably been dead for more than a century.
This was the unknown girl's second funeral.

The mystery surrounding the golden haired girl, and the efforts to bury her once again, began a month ago, when a construction crew renovating a garage in a San Francisco neighborhood sliced their shovels into the ground and struck something unnatural - a tiny, lead and bronze coffin. Inside they found the meticulously preserved body of a small girl with curly blond hair.

She wore signs of wealth: a hand-sewn, pleated white cotton dress with delicate lace trimmings on her petite frame; lavender tucked in her hair and laid upon her chest in the shape of a cross; eucalyptus leaves placed by her side. And there were rose petals, dozens of them, probably scattered by the lost people who loved her decades ago. Unsure how to proceed, the crew called the homeowner, who was staying out of state with her husband and children.

The homeowner knew the history of the area, known as San Francisco's Richmond District, was home to a number of cemeteries in the late 1800's. One graveyard, the Odd Fellows Cemetery, existed below the homeowners home. The cemetery closed in the late 1800's and the bodies were moved to graves in Colma. But some, like the golden-haired mystery girl, were missed.

A public administrator connected the homeowner with a nonprofit organization called Garden of Innocence, who are dedicated to holding funeral services for abandoned or unidentified children. The services are organized by volunteers and paid for by donations.

The founder of Garden of Innocence estimated her age at about 3, and that she died about 145 years ago. A professor from the University of California at Davis collected strands of hair in hopes to some day track down the child's ancestry and family.

Since the child's name was unknown, the name of Miranda Eve was given to her by the homeowners and the public administrator. The back of the gravestone was left blank in case they are able to mark it one day with her real name.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edith Howard “Miranda Eve” Cook (28 Nov 1873–13 Oct 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 179222861, citing Greenlawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .