Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Start Spreading the News

The discovery of the real Annie Moore—the first person to pass through Ellis Island—just made the New York Times.

She married a bakery clerk. They had at least 11 children. Five survived to adulthood and three had children of their own. She died of heart failure in 1924 at 47. Her brother Anthony, who arrived with Annie and Philip on the Nevada, died in his 20’s in the Bronx and was temporarily buried in potter’s field. [see corrections in comments]

Annie lived and died within a few square blocks on the Lower East Side, where some of her descendants lived until just recently. She is buried with 6 of her 11 children (five infants and one who survived to 21) alongside the famous and forgotten in a Queens cemetery.

Her living descendants include great-grandchildren, the great-nephew and the great-niece. One of the descendants is an investment counselor and another a Ph.D.

Mrs. [Megan] Smolenyak Smolenyak described them as “poster children” for immigrant America, with Irish, Jewish, Italian and Scandinavian surnames. “It’s an all-American family,” she said. “Annie would have been proud.” [Link (reg. req.)]


Regards from Brian Andersson.
I just corrected Sam Roberts, the article's author. For the record:

Annie Moore's husband was listed as an “engineer” on the 1900 Federal Census, and a salesman at the Fulton Market on his WWI draft registration and in the 1920 Census, but his father was a German-born (Baden) baker/confectioner.

Anthony was buried in a “free” grave,not a potter’s field, donated by various Catholic charities for the purpose of giving a decent burial to the indigent. He was re-interred in his family’s plot when his father died and the family apparently was able to afford a plot in the same Cemetery.

Looking forward to spreading the news and details tomorrow!


Thanks for the corrections. I guess the Times fact-checkers don't have access to!

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