Fifty-four-year-old Elizabeth Ann
Davy (b.1849) and her sixteen-year-old daughter,
Helen Louise Davy (b.1887),* lived on Roslyn Place in
Chicago. Roslyn and Arlington is a
designated historic district in Chicago today but
there is no longer a 35 Roslyn Place so the
building was probably razed.
Elizabeth's body was identified by
at Rolston's Undertaking
and Helen's at Jordan's Funeral Home
W. Taylor. Taylor was also
administrator of Elizabeth's estate, probated in
March, 1904. He may have been a relative of
Elizabeth's. Elizabeth and Helen were buried
at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.
Helen attended the Lake View high
school. She was one of five Lake View students who
died at the Iroquois, including the
Elizabeth and her husband,
insurance salesman Edward W. Davy (1849-1924), married
in 1875 and immigrated
to America from Canada in 1882. Helen was their only
Services for Elizabeth and Helen
were held on Sunday, January 3, 1904 at the
Episcopal Church of our Savior on 702 Fullerton
Avenue, conducted by Reverend
Edwards. Edward's sister-in-law and
Caroline and Marjorie Edwards, were also victims
of the fire.
An Edward Davy was listed
missing on early reports, so he may have been at the
theater with his wife and daughter but survived.
Alternatively, those references may have been typos
referring to Mrs. Edward Davy.
Discrepancies and addendum
Some genealogical reports conflict with 1900 US
Census information as to Edward's age, also
reporting that Helen had a sister. The birth dates
reported above are from the 1900 US Census, where I
found only one Edward and Elizabeth Davy living in
Chicago. They had one daughter, Helen, and no other
children, living or dead.
* On some lists, Helen's name was reported as Louisa
Helen Davy, but the coroner issued the death
certificate for Helen Louise Davy.