Annie Moore (immigrant)
|Anna "Annie" Moore|
Contemporary illustration of Annie Moore
April 24, 1874|
|Died||December 6, 1924(aged 50)|
Anna "Annie" Moore (April 24, 1874 – December 6, 1924) was an Irish immigrant who was the first immigrant to the United States to pass through federal immigrant inspection at the Ellis Island station in New York Harbor.
Moore arrived from County Cork, Ireland aboard the steamship called the Nevada on January 1, 1892. It was reported that her arrival was on her 15th birthday, but records in Ireland reveal that her birthday was in May and she was actually 17. Her brothers, Anthony and Philip, who journeyed with her, had just turned 15 and 12, respectively. As the first person to be processed at the newly opened facility, she was presented with an American $10 gold piece from an American Official, which is the equivalent of $272 in 2015 dollars accounting for inflation.
Moore's parents, Matthew and Julia, had come to the United States in 1888 and were living at 32 Monroe Street in Manhattan. Annie married a son of German Catholic immigrants, Joseph Augustus Schayer (1876-1960), a salesman at Manhattan's Fulton Fish Market, with whom she had at least eleven children. She died of heart failure on December 6, 1924, and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Queens. Her previously unmarked grave was identified in August 2006. On October 11, 2008, a dedication ceremony was held at Calvary which celebrated the unveiling of a marker for her grave, a Celtic Cross made of Irish Blue Limestone.
A woman named "Annie Moore" who died near Fort Worth, Texas in 1924 had long been thought to be the one whose arrival marked the beginning of Ellis Island. Further research, however, established that the Annie Moore in Texas was born in Illinois.
- The Irish American Cultural Institute presents an annual Annie Moore Award "to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Irish and/or Irish American community and legacy."
- Annie Moore's story is told in the song "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears", written by Brendan Graham. The song has been performed by Tynan and by The Irish Tenors, of which Tynan was formerly a member. Other artists performing the song include Sean Keane, Sean & Dolores Keane, Daniel O'Donnell, Celtic Thunder, Irish tenor Brian Dunphy, Celtic Woman, Hayley Griffiths and Tommy Fleming.
Statue of Annie Moore and her brothers on the quayside in Cobh, Ireland.
- Annie Moore's gravestone
- Smolenyak, Megan (December 31, 2013). "They Say It's Your Birthday -- But It's Not". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-31.
- Roberts, Sam (September 14, 2006). "Story of the First Through Ellis Island Is Rewritten". The New York Times
- Genealogist Megan Smolenyak report on Annie Moore story
- IACI-USA.org Annie Moore at www.iaci-usa.org
- Memorial dedication ceremony for Annie Moore. Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears sung by Ronan Tynan toward the midpoint of the video.
- on YouTube
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- "Putting things right" by Ray O'Hanlon, The Irish Echo, September 20–26, 2006 • Vol 79 No. 38
- "Story of the First Through Ellis Island Is Rewritten", by Sam Roberts, The New York Times, September 14, 2006
- "Annie rewrites an American dream", by Sam Roberts, Scotland on Sunday via scotsman.com, September 17, 2006
- "Irish Immigrant First To Pass Through Ellis Island", from the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation website
-  "The Titanic Trail tour, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland" by Dr.Michael Martin, includes an entire section dedicated to the Annie Moore Memorial Statue in Cobh Harbour.