When Ellis Island officially opened on January 1, 1892, the first passenger registered through the immigration station was Annie Moore. The young Irish teenager and her two brothers, Anthony and Philip, had departed from Cork, Ireland on December 20, 1891 aboard the S.S. Nevada. Travelling in steerage, the trio spent 12 days at sea and arrived in New York on Thursday, December 31. The next morning, New Year’s Day, they were processed through Ellis Island. All three children were reunited with their parents, Matthew and Julia Moore, who were already living in New York.
Annie Moore married Joseph Augustus Schayer, the son of German immigrants, with whom she had at least eleven children. She died of heart failure on December 6, 1924.