Annie Moore

This is the statue of Annie Moore and her two brothers in Cobh Co. Cork, Ireland.

Annie Moore was the first Irish immigrant to be processed
at the newly opened facility on New Year’s Day
1st January 1892 on Ellis Island in New York Harbour.

There are conflicting reports as to whether she was fifteen or seventeen at the time. As she was the first person processed at the newly opened facility, she was presented with a $10.00 Gold Piece when she arrived. That was definitely a good start for anyone arriving into a country, she must have been very surprised. Her parents, Matthew and Julia Moore, had come to the United States in 1888 and were living at 32 Monroe Street in Manhattan.

Annie and her two brothers Phillip and Anthony departed from Queenstown now Cobh, County Cork, Ireland, on December the 20th, 1891 aboard the S.S. Nevada. They spend 12 days at sea including the 25th December, Christmas Day, arriving in New York on Thursday evening, on December the 31st 1891. They were processed through Ellis Island the following morning, New Year’s Day, 1st January 1892.

Until recently I believed her two brothers arrived safely on the journey from and this is reported on ttps://
but I was told that only one of her brothers arrived safely and that the other brother died on the way. I don’t know which one of the brothers survived and which one died out at sea during the journey. I will have to research this further and report back when I get more information in Cobh.

Annie married a son of German immigrant, Joseph Augustus Schayer, who was employed at Manhattan’s Fulton Fish Market. Annie was busy from then on having at least eleven children.

I have read reports that photographs of Annie and her family have emerged, so I am in the process of trying to acquire some for this website. So check back in while I may have some very soon.

Annie was born April 24th, 1874 and died on December 6th, 1924


Annie died on December 6th, 1924 of heart failure. She is buried in Queens, New York in Calvary Cemetery. 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.


Information sources

Credit: Annie Moore Grave Stone image above: By The original uploader was Ronzoni at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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