FC: Ellis Island Journey to America
1: Annie Moore | I left my homeland of Ireland in 1891 to go to the land they call America.
2: When I came to the United States, | the only record that was kept of immigrants like me were the ship manifests. My name is found second on the manifest of the Nevada, the ship my brothers and I came on.
3: My brothers and I crossed the ocean called the Atlantic from County Cork, Ireland to join our parents in New York. | When we entered the harbor, we saw Lady Liberty. She brought to us such a feeling of hope. Suddenly I saw the "golden door" shining brightly, representing the wonderful future we have here.
5: I remember how once in the harbor, all the people on the Nevada were moved onto another boat to take us to the island itself. It had been decorated with bunting, bells, and whistles. Once we had reached the shore, they carefully scrutinized each one of us who had come from afar. Someone chose me, and told me to follow them. I was led into the large and beautiful building, and greeted kindly by a man. I was shy, and rather scared, not knowing what was to happen. Fortune was with me when the kind man merely presented me with what I later learned to be a ten-dollar gold piece. After this, the rest of the people who had been on the Nevada joined us, and we were separated into groups of men and women. We were then taken into rooms to have the state of our health evaluated. They checked our eyesight, and checked for themselves that we didn't have that atrocious disease that has little to no cure; they called it "Trachoma". Being alone with a strange man was frightening, but I was shortly released and rejoined my brothers. We soon went off to reunite with our parents.
6: We left Ellis Island behind as we reunited with our parents. While the times following weren't easy, they were beautiful because they were spent with my family. I lived with my brothers, Mhamaí and Athair (Mum and Father) at 32 Monroe Street until 1895, when I married Joseph Augustus Schayer. In 99 Cherry Street was where we raised our eleven children; we were blessed to have five grow to adulthood.
7: 32 Monroe Street | 99 Cherry Street
9: -Annie Moore- lThe immigrant who inaugurated Ellis Island Immigration Center. Born 1 January 1877 Died 6 December 1924