AM Agelasto (top left, yellowed) in the New Orleans Cotton Exchange, 1873, by Edgar Degas. The painting revisited New Orleans, Summer 1999.
Agelasto Family Reunions
Our first family reunion of the modern era, held in London 12-13 July 2008, was attended by about 80 bloodline Agelastos. Events comprised two Greek restaurant meals and a visit to West Norwood Cemetery. Also, following Saturday vespers, the Right Reverend Bishop of Nazianzos Dr Theodoritos gave us a tour of St Sophia Cathedral and its museum; he included a memorial mass for the family after Sunday's Divine Liturgy. The shared stories, documents and photos have been added to this website. We offer some tips on reunion planning. Twenty of us attended a second reunion that was held in September 2009 on the Island of Chios. Narrative commentary and a photo album of the trip are works in progress. Athens Agelastos had two reunions in 2010: April & October and 11 June 2011; 2 June 2012. We held a family gathering in London 14-15 July 2012 (photos).
Honoring our dead from the Great WarAugust Agelasto
; Augustus Dilberoglue
; Constantine Galati
; Ambrose Ionides
; Jean Negroponte
; Dimitrios Ralli; Paul Rodocanachi
; and James Scaramanga
Genealogy research is at a stand still
Church records in Paris, Marseille and elsewhere need to be examined as do the Digitalized Archives of the Istanbul Rum Community; The Greek Orthodox Church, however, refuses to share with us its records in Istanbul, Chios and Alexandria, nor will the City of Athens let us view several hundred microfilmed hereditary title certificates.
to note: Levantine Symposium, 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2014, Izmir, Turkey; Sciofest 2-7 May 2016, Chios, Greece.
Our family was part of the Diaspora from Chios of the families who ran the island's political economy following the massacre of 1822, depicted in the famous Eugene Delacroix painting. The history of the Agelastos of Chios is discussed by Georgios Zolotas & Emilia P. Zolota, Christina Agelasto in her 1983 essay and, of course, by Philip Argenti in his 1955 landmark genealogy, Libro d'Oro de la Noblesse de Chio. The origin of the name Agelasto is explored in a 2008 note by Parker Agelasto.
Formerly royalty (with family crest), Agelastos quickly learned how to make a living by becoming merchants and traders, mostly in grains and fabrics. It seemed you weren't an Agelasto if you didn't go bankrupt at least once in your life, as illustrated in this album of documents.
A photo essay of Chios, Greece, ancestral home to the Agelastos. Click on the map of the Kampos to view photos of former Agelasto properties.
W.E. Gladstone and the Negroponte Affair.
Welcome to our site! - an introduction.
How not to pronounce our name - oral commentary by Athanasios Eumorfopoulos, who discusses the correct and incorrect ways of pronouncing the name Agelasto/Agelastos/Agelastou. Recorded at the Chios reunion, September 2009. You can listen with the Windows Media Player. Our name is frequently misspelled, even in Greek. George Agelastos comments on correcting the name on the Agelasto Street signs in Chios.
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