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John (Ambrosios) Negroponte[1, 2]

Male 1844 - 1918  (74 years)


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  • Name John (Ambrosios) Negroponte 
    Nickname John Ambrose, Ioannis  
    Born 29 May 1844  Constantinople/Istanbul, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Sep 1918  Torbay Hotel, Torquay, Devon, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Estate valued at £12012 9s, administered at London 19 Nov 1918, went to widow. [3]
    • "Much regret is expressed at the death of Mr. J. A. Negroponte, who gave up business in Manchester a short time ago, after a long and honourable career." (The Manchester Guardian 1 Oct 1918, p 6)
    Notes 
    • He was one of the trustees, along with Themistocles Pandia Anthony (Pandia) Petrocochino and Manuel Anastasius Copchili, of the 2 Oct 1884 Indenture of Settlement [a prenuptial agreement] made between Aspasia (Themistocles) Petrocochino (his sister-in-law) and John Emmanuel (Emmanuel) Agelasto.
    • He was in partnership with John Emmanuel Agelasto (after 1884 his brother-in-law by marriage) and John Antonio Ralli (Augustus and Despina Agelasto’s son-in-law); this presumably begun 1 Jan 1886 with the retirement of Despina Ralli Agelasto (Augustus C Agelasto’s widow), dissolved 31 Dec 1886 and the London office closed; he continued in partnership with JE Agelasto, trading as A. Agelasto & Co. The Calcutta office was on Canning Street, at the south-east corner of the China Bazaar. A. Agelasto & Co. terminated in 1916.
    • The partnership of J.A. Negroponte, A Agelasto & F.C. Apostolides, export merchants, Manchester, under the style of A Agelasto & Co. was dissolved, London Gazette, 28 Mar 1916, reported in The Times (London), 29 Mar 1916, p 6.
    • He was the co-executor of the estate of Stavros James Negroponte, his cousin. 1886 UK National Probate Calendar Index gives his address/occupation: 18 Breeze Hill, Kersal, near Manchester, merchant.
    • Residence: -1873 Syros; 1877- Manchester; 1881, Sedgley Park, Prestwich, Lancashire; 1912, Enville Cottage, Green Walk, Bowdon, Chester, England; Winterbourne, Babbacombe Road, Torquay, England.
    • The 1901 British census enumerates the household at Breezy Hill, Holden Street, Broughton, Lancashire: John Ambrose Negroponte, head, 57, shipping merchant, employer, Greek subject; wife Esmeralda, 41, born Bradford, Yorkshire; daughter Marie, 19, born Manchester; and three domestic servants.
    • Manchester city directories list John A. Negroponte with A. Agelasto & Co., at 73 George St. (1877, 1911); residing at 'Breeze Hill', Holden St, Higher Broughton (1886, 1903-09); 'Norcliffe', Upper Park Road, Broughton Park (1911).
    • Mr. Negroponte, a Constantinople merchant, was aboard the Rethymo when it sank on the Bosphorus (The Times [London], 31 Dec 1874). He was rescued and his £T 4,200 was retrieved.
    • Mrs. and Mrs. John Ambrose Negroponte regularly appeared in the society pages of the Manchester Times, especially in the 'Belle to Phyllis' column. The ball given in the Manchester Assembly Rooms to honor the coming out of their daughter Maria in 1900 was, according to the columnist, "one of exceptional brilliance...seldom have the Assembly Rooms been so exquisitely decorated and so artistically illuminated." About 200 people attended and "the number would have been march larger had it not been for the prevailing epidemic [illegible] which kept many away at the last moment. Mrs. Negroponte's rich toilette was universally admired...[she] wore a diamond tiara. ("Mrs. Negroponte's Ball," Manchester Times, 12 Jan 1900). The guest list reads like a who's who of Manchester Greek society, the gown of each lady paintakingly described. For example, "Mrs. Theo Casdagli was also strikingly gowned in black, her dress being a mass of sequins over a petticoat of chiffon and relieved with red roses." "Mrs. Agelasto was richly gowned in black brocade and lace with touches of tourquoise on the bodice; and a beautiful dress of pink accordinan-pleated chiffon, the [?] draped half-way with Brussels lace, was worn by Mrs. Frangopulo [likely either Lucy Agelasto Frangopulo or one of her daughters-in-law]..."
    • 6 Sep 1873: John Ambrosios Negroponte, 29, born Chios, unmarried, merchant, swore allegiance to the Greek government at the town hall, Ermoupolis.
    • John Negroponte sailed from New York to Liverpool aboard the Scotia (New York Daily Tribune 3 Jul 1863 p 2). [without more detail this could apply to several Johns on our tree]
    • John Negroponte attended the funeral of Stavros Jacobos Negroponte [his cousin] (Manchester Guardian 11 May 1886, p 5).
    • He and his wife attended the 1 Jan 1891 wedding of her brother John T. Petrocochino.
    • He received the bulk of his mother-in-law's estate, which ended up in court.
    • John A. Negroponte is the likely Mr. Negroponte who was a member of the Manchester Cretan Committee ("The Cretan Question," Manchester Guardian, 15 Mar 1897, p 7).
    • 1881 England Census found for Sedgley Park, Prestwich, Lancashire: T. P. Petrocokino, head, 56, general merchant; wife M., 41, both b. Greece; unmarried daughters Franga, 22; Aspasia, 20; Julia, 18, all b. Bradford, Yorkshire; John A. Negroponte, son-in-law, 34, East Indian Merchant, b. Constantinople; his wife E. Negroponte, 21, b. Bradford; and 12 servants.
    • Negroponte John A, 63 George St. subscribed to the Manchester Royal Exchange, 1882-83.
    • I. Negrepontis is listed as a warden for the Greek Church of Manchester, 1883-1885. [4]
    • Two years before his death John Ambrose Negroponte went to court in Manchester to update an Indenture of Settlement, dated 31 Dec 1880, between him and Themistocles Pandia Anthony Petrocokino (his future father-in-law), Esmeralda Petrocokino (his future wife) and Andrea Pandia Scaramanga concerning £10,000 to be lent to his firm, Messrs A. Agelasto and Co. View transcription or original document (UK National Archives).
    • 1911 England census for Norcliffe, Broughton Park Manchester, household headed by J A Negroponte, 67, b. Constantinople, Turkey, married 30 years, one child, one living, Greek; shipper of cotton goods to India; wife Esmeralda, 51, b. Bradford, Yorkshire; daughter Marie, 29, single, b. Manchester, Lancashire; 5 servants.
    • J A Negroponte arrived Bombay from London aboard Sutlej 8 Nov 1888 and was among the passengers who signed a letter about the voyage, Times of India, 4 Dec 1888.
    • J A Negroponte departed Bombay on Oriental, 7 Feb 1890, for Brindisi [Italy].
    Person ID I1185  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2015 

    Father Ambrosios Theodore (Theodore) Negroponte,   b. 1800, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jul 1872, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Marouko (Dimitri) Vouro,   b. Nov 1809, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1863, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Family ID F501  Group Sheet

    Family Smaragda (Themistocles) Petrocochino,   b. 01 Apr 1860, Bradford, Yorkshire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 May 1929, 3 The Grange, Wimbleton Common, Wimbledon, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 08 Jan 1881  Higher Broughton, Salford, Greater Manchester, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Entry: 472/146; Sponsor: Augustus C. Agelasto; witnesses: N.G. Paspatti, J.C. Zifinidi; priest: Vasilios Moros, Presbyter: M. Oeconomos. [5]
    • Marriage notice appeared in the The Pall Mall Gazette (London) 10 Jan 1881.
    • The marriage of John Ambrose Negroponte was registered Jan-Feb-Mar 1881, Salford, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, volume 8d, page: 135.
    Notes 
    • Marriage Settlement dated 31 Dec 1880. Subject of litigation, Jan 1916. £10,000 had been loaned to the firm A Agelasto & Co. by her father, Themistocles Pandia Anthony Petrocokino and Andrea Pandia Scaramanga, secured by a promissory note, dated 11 Mar 1887, subject to the trusts of the Indenture of Settlement. [6]
    Children 
     1. Maria (Ioannis) Negroponte,   b. 26 Nov 1881, Manchester, Lancashire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1961, Ditchling, Sussex, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Documents
    Litigation involving Negroponte-Petrocochino Indenture of Settlement
    Litigation involving Negroponte-Petrocochino Indenture of Settlement
    1916 Letter no. 4
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2011 
    Family ID F503  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 May 1844 - Constantinople/Istanbul, Turkey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 08 Jan 1881 - Higher Broughton, Salford, Greater Manchester, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Sep 1918 - Torbay Hotel, Torquay, Devon, England UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    Warehouse was former headquarters of A Agelasto & Co. photo 2011; courtesy John Papadachi.
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    photo 2011; courtesy John Papadachi.
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    photo 2011; courtesy John Papadachi.
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    detail; photo 2011; courtesy John Papadachi.
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    63 George St., Manchester, England
    Agelasto nameplate; photo 2011; courtesy John Papadachi.
    George Street (high numbers, toward Oxford Street)
    George Street (high numbers, toward Oxford Street)
    photo 2015; John A. Negroponte worked for A. Agelasto & Co., at 73 George St. (1877, 1911)

    Documents
    A Agelasto & Co
    A Agelasto & Co
    London Gazette 1 Jan 1886
    A Agelasto & Co.
    A Agelasto & Co.
    London Gazette 15 Feb 1887
    A Agelasto & Co.
    A Agelasto & Co.
    London Gazette 28 Mar 1916
    Metrope Petrocochino will
    Metrope Petrocochino will
    "What is a Charitable Bequest?", The Manchester Guardian 13 Dec 1912, p 6
    John Ambrose Negreponte 1918 Probate
    John Ambrose Negreponte 1918 Probate
    Agelasto & Co., 63 George Street, Manchester, England
    Agelasto & Co., 63 George Street, Manchester, England
    list of partners, 1878-1899

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Argenti 1955, Philip P. Argenti, (London Oxford University Press).
      Included in Philip Argenti's Negroponte family tree, number 299.

    2. [S25] Greek State Archives (Syros).
      #135 Registry of Oaths of Allegiance

    3. [S82] UK National Probate Calendar Indexes, 1858-1966, 1973-1995.

    4. [S52] A Personal History of the Greek Community of Manchester and Its Church, 1843-1900., Sophocles Chr. Andreades, (Manchester, 2000, ISBN 0-9504097-2-3), 52.

    5. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 10, May 1996.
      Marriage-No:0051

    6. [S73] UK National Archives.
      PL 31/622


  

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