Forty-two year old
Murray Edwards (b.1860) and her daughter,
fourteen year old Marjorie Edwards (b.1889) were
from Clinton or Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Their bodies
were identified by husband and father, William
Adelbert Edwards (1846-1909).
Caroline and William had married in Oak Park, IL in
It isn't known
where Caroline and Marjorie were seated in the
theater but it was probably where the most deaths
occurred in the 2nd or 3rd floor balcony. It
is also not known if they attended the matinee by
themselves Caroline's body was found at
Ralston's and Marjorie's at Jordan's funeral homes.
Mother and daughter were buried in Forest Park
Cemetery in Chicago. Six years later William
was laid to rest at their side. Their graves
are near those of Caroline's parents, William and
Cordelia Murray. Caroline's mother Cordelia
was widowed at the time of the Iroquois Theater fire
and lived in San Diego with Caroline's younger
sister, Kitty Murray.
The Edwards family
lived in Clinton County, Iowa in 1903 but were
former Chicago residents. They were visiting
William's brother and his family
over the holidays. His brother was Reverend John H.
(1854-1941), rector at the Episcopal
Church of our Savior at 530 Fullerton
Ave in Chicago from 1895 to 1912. The
rectory was at 700 Fullerton. John's wife was Susan
Bushnell Edwards. William and John were New
York natives; they were the sons of Gershon and
*In the 1860 US census it
was reported that Caroline's given name was Clara.