Annie Moore's life emerge in pictures

Now, in the space of a few weeks, we are up to three photographs, this assuming that a photo featured on the cover of this issue is indeed of Annie and her two brothers taken on the day that she was officially recorded as the first immigrant to set foot on Ellis Island in New York Harbor.

The first to see the light of print emerged early last month after being unearthed by family members and was featured in a front page Echo report.

A second was found at the same time and is included here. It shows a woman with a baby in her lap. The inscription on the back is "Ma Schayer."

Annie's married name was Schayer and the child in the photo is likely one of the at least eleven children she bore in a hard scrabble life lived entirely on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

The other photo, previously published in the Echo, is believed to be that of Annie in her later years (she died in 1924). It was found in a scrapbook by a great-granddaughter, Maureen Peterson, who lives in New Jersey. This photo is inscribed "Mama Schayer" on the back.

The Ellis Island picture, believed to be that of Annie and her two brothers, shows three children who, by their dress and appearance, do appear to be from Ireland or Britain, rather than Europe.

There were actually only eight Irish passengers on board the SS Nevada when it docked at Ellis Ireland on January 1, 1892.

Despite all the attention paid to Annie Moore that day, she very quickly disappeared from public view. In later years, the historical record would focus on an Annie Moore who died in Texas.

The Annie of Ellis Island fame in fact never left New York and was buried in an unmarked grave in Calvary Cemetery, Queens. A headstone was placed on the grave amid great ceremony in October, 2008.

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