The Annie Moore Story
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.