Irish immigrant honored as the first through Ellis Island

More than 80 years after her death, the first person to pass through Ellis Island finally has a marker on her last resting place. A Celtic cross carved from Irish blue limestone has been placed on the Queens gravesite of Annie Moore, who was just a teen when her 1892 trip through the immigration center made headlines worldwide.

Her descendants, clergy and Irish personalities dedicated the memorial inside Calvary Cemetery in Woodside during an emotional ceremony that featured bagpipes and a letter from presidential candidate Barack Obama…

As a 17-year-old from County Cork, Ireland, Moore was given $10 in gold when she passed through Ellis Island on Jan. 1, 1892. Historians long believed that the mother of at least 10 moved West and settled in Texas, but a dedicated genealogist debunked the myth while researching a documentary.

In 2006, Moore was found in an unmarked grave at the cemetery, buried with six of her children.

“She stands for the countless hundreds of thousands of Irish people who crossed the Atlantic and settled here in New York,” said Niall Burgess, Irish consul general.

My Italian grandfather’s naturalisation documents sit here on my desk. I don’t ever forget where my family came from and how.

4 thoughts on “Irish immigrant honored as the first through Ellis Island

  1. Micky says:

    New North Carolina State University research delves into the movement and evolution of the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s, which set down roots in the United States before attacking Europe. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-12/ncsu-spe122216.php he study, published in PLOS ONE, shows that a lineage called FAM-1 caused outbreaks of potato late blight in the United States in 1843 and then two years later in Great Britain and Ireland. It was also found in historic samples from Colombia suggesting a South American origin. FAM-1 caused massive and debilitating late-blight disease outbreaks in Europe, leaving starvation and migration in its wake. Jean Ristaino, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology and the corresponding author of the study, theorizes that the pathogen arrived in Europe via infected potatoes on South American ships or directly from infected potatoes from the United States.

  2. Black '47 says:

    “While The Rest Of Victorian Ireland Starved, One Wealthy Irishman Bought His Wife An Ivory Dildo” https://allthatsinteresting.com/victorian-ivory-dildo-auction “…the existence of the ivory-made dildo gives observers an intimate glimpse into what was otherwise a particularly grim time in Irish history [ https://allthatsinteresting.com/irish-land-war ].
    “There was so much going in that time period. People were literally starving to death and meanwhile someone was bringing this home for their spouse,” [sex toy entrepreneur] Shawna Scott mused to the [Irish] Times. “Sometimes I think with Irish history, unless something is tied to the famine or 1916 it gets a little forgotten or re-prioritized.”
    Irish Times (7/29/19): “Victorian-era sex toy ‘returned to Ireland’ after crowdfunding bid” https://www.irishtimes.com/news/offbeat/victorian-era-sex-toy-returned-to-ireland-after-crowdfunding-bid-1.3971258

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