Following last month's news that the year-old "coffin girl" mystery had been solved and the young deceased girl lovingly encased in an expensive, well sealed coffin nearly 150 years ago had been identified, a second service for her was held in Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma on Saturday. A new headstone, now etched with her name, Edith Howard Cook, and her birth and death dates (and with a creepy picture of a child on it) has been installed where last year a headstone had been placed using a temporary moniker that had been given to the girl by the family under whose house her coffin was found by surprise on Lone Mountain.
CBS 5 was at the ceremony, which was also attended by a local relative of Cook's, Peter Cook of Marin County, who now has a new ancestor he never knew existed. "She will be a child forever, forever," said Peter Cook, who is a direct descendant of Edith's older brother Milton.
The effort to determine Edith Cook's identity involved a team of researchers, and relied only partly on DNA taken from the girl's hair. It turned out she was as had been speculated based on her dress and the high quality of the casket from a well-to-do San Francisco family, the daughter of Horatio Nelson Cook and Edith Scooffy Cook in 1873, and died in October 1876, just shy of her third birthday, likely from an infectious disease. Horatio Cook was in the leather tanning and belt-making business, and would later serve as Consul to Greece, and Edith Scoofy Cook came from pioneer family and her father was a member of the Society of California Pioneers.
Saturday's service included a procession by the Independent Order of Oddfellows, because the girl's casket had been left behind in what was the Oddfellows cemetery on Lone Mountain, and the fraternal organization (to which her father presumably belonged), paid for the girl's reinterment last year.
Edith Howard Cook, born November 28, 1873, died October 13, 1876. pic.twitter.com/BdsnYmT3jy— Beth Shapiro (@bonesandbugs) June 10, 2017