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Michael (Alexander) Agelasto[1, 2]

Male 1869 - 1949  (80 years)


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  • Name Michael (Alexander) Agelasto 
    Nickname Mickey 
    Born 10 Mar 1869  Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • At 4 a.m. Date on his birth certificate. Argenti says 04 Mar 1869.
    • The 1900 census gives his birth date as Apr. 1871.
    • On passport application, he reports birth as 25 Jan. 1869, New Orleans.
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Sep 1949  Norfolk, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Obituary: Washington Post, 21 Sept. 1949

    Buried 21 Sep 1949  Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Elmwood Cemetery record: AGELASTO, MICHAEL A I28115 Section ELM, Block 7TH A E, Lot 15, Space 11 0 09/20/1949
    Notes 
    • Michael Agelasto, my great-uncle, for whom I was named, worked in cotton brokerage, which he thoroughly detested, according to my mother. Known as Mickey, he was educated as both an engineer and medical doctor, but he practiced neither of these professions. The middle of the three brothers, it was he who never married and had the responsibility to take care of his mother who did not die until Mickey was himself 65 years old. Mickey was fluent in several languages, including classical Greek, and he managed to flee to Europe for summer vacations, leaving his mother, I suspect, to his siblings' management.
    • Occupation, Norfolk, Va.: 1896-1898 electrical engnr 29 Plume; 1899 151 Granby; 1900 108 Ferebee, Jones & Co. Bldg; 1901 elecrical engnr; 1902 3d av cor Front; 1903-1909 42 Front; 1910-1914 gen mngr Atlantic Mnfg Co; 1915-1916 cotton; 1917-1931 supt Norfolk Cotton Co. Inc.; also with J.S. Jenkins & Co., Nofolk, cotton brokers. [3]
    • Vice-consul for Greece 1888-1891 (Norfolk Directory). M. Agelasto listed as Greek consul, Norfolk, Dun and Bradstreet Publications Corporation, 1917.
    • Residence: Baltimore, MD 1890, student, 205 W. Madison; 1891-91, student, 914 McCulloh; Norfolk, Va.: 1896-1897 18 York; 1897-1912 54 York; 1913-1917 426 W York; 1918-1923 800 Armistead Bridge Rd; 1924 206 W Princess Anne Rd; 1925-1931 602/604 Fairfax Av; 1927 & 1930, 4-C Hague Apartments, 606 Fairfax Ave; 1941Heart o' Ghent Hotel; May 1947 Henry Clay Inn, [Ashland, Va.]; 319 W Freemason St.; Mar 48 Waverly Hotel & Jefferson Hotel, VA Beach; Aug-Oct 1948 rm 509 Hotel Southland, Granby St.; Mar 49 Hotel Mileuor, Granby St. [3]
    • Education: 1888-91, BA, St Johns College [Johns Hopkins University], Annapolis MD, USA ( 14 Jun 1891, p 24); 1891-92, graduate studies, Electrical Engineering, St Johns College [Johns Hopkins University]Annapolis , MD, USA; 1892-1893, AM [medicine], Columbia University, NYC, USA
    • Naturalization: Citizenship granted 2 Apr 1906, no. 9267, signed by Elihu Root, Secretary of State; height indicated as 5’4”. Passport application filed 31 March 1906 in advance of 3 April 1906 sailing. The 1900 census says he immigrated to the US in 1877.
    • Patent #571,426, Electric Thermometer, 17 Nov. 1896
    • Travel: 18 June 1888: Liverpool to Queenstown, NY, on Umbria, Cunard Line; 3 April 1906, from New York, on S.S. Barbarossa; 1 June 1906, Naples to New York on Konig Albert; 10 May 1907, Cherbourg, France to New York, on Kaiser Wilhelm; 23 Aug 1927: Hamburg, Germany to Philadelphia, PA, on Denderah. NB: he was not with his parents and older brother, 7 Oct. 1869, Liverpool to NYC aboard China.
    • Appears in a photo with his brothers, taken in Memphis in 1870, where his father was a founding member of the Memphis Cotton Exchange (George Scrini collection). The boys are, from left to right: Alexander Michael, Peter and Michael.
    • He is listed (Box 485, Norfolk, Va.) Jan 1903, as a member/associate of the American branch of The Society For Psychical Research. See, Edward T. Bennett, The Society For Psychical Research - Its Rise And Progress And A Sketch Of Its Work (Kessinger Publishing, 2006, re-issue), p 455
    • He attended the 5 Feb 1893 wedding of E. Pilalas and Catherine Elesteropoulo at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, W 53d St., New York City, along with Theodore P. and Mrs. Ralli, P.P. Negreponte, and John C. Maximos.
      At the time he was probably a student at Columbia.
    • A modern art enthusiast who was an early member of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He introduced T. Catesby Jones, an arts patron, to the State of Virginia art collections. Jones bequeathed the bulk of his modern art collection to Virginia institutions in 1947; Michael Agelasto is cited in the exhibition catalogue for his role. (The exhibition catalogue, Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris: The T. Catesby Jones Collections, The U. Va Art Musueum, 30 Jan - 24 Apr 2009 (Parker Agelasto).
    • He and his brother Alec played the amateur tennis circuit. While in Europe (3 Apr - 1 Jun) either he or a namesake 'M Agelastos' represented Greece in singles tennis in the Athens 1906 Olympics [22 Apr - 1 Jun], losing in the first round by default.
    • Michael Agelasto was influential in bringing T. Catesby Jones' modern art collection to Virginia. [4]
    • 1930 US federal census: Hague Apartments, 617 Fairfax Avneue, Olney Road, Norfolk, Va. household headed by Michael Agelasto, renter, 58, single, b. Greece, parents b. Greece, arrived USA 1880, naturalized, manager cotton mill; mother Pauline [sic], 77, widow, 20 y.o. at marriage; naturalized, arrived USA 1977; Alexandria [sic], nephew, 25, single, b. Virginia, father b. India, mother b. Virginia, lawyer.
    • 1940 US federal census, Princess Anne Co., Virginia: M A Agelasto, 71, lodger, single, b. Greece, naturalized citizen, unemployed, other income, residence Norfolk, 1935.
    • M. Agelasto, "The Discharge of Magnetism," The Electrical World, v. 24, 15 Sep 1894, n. 11, p. 256-257.
    • Johns Hopkins University Circulars, v. 9, no. 76, Nov 1889, lists Michael A. Agelasto, Norfolk, Va., among 'special students', enrolled in classes on Church History, International Law, English Constitutional History, Continental History, Psychology, and Logic.
    Person ID I193  Agelasto
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2018 

    Father Alexander (Michel) Agelasto,   b. 10 Sep 1833, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Dec 1906, 54 York St., Norfolk, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Polyxene (Alexander) Mavrogordato,   b. 05 Jan 1846, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Sep 1934, 4-C Hague Apartments, Norfolk, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 02 Feb 1866  Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • At 6 pm, in Alexander Mavrogordato´s domicile. Date from registered marriage certificate. Argenti says 08 Nov 1865.
    • Ceremony was performed by Father Ioannis Lagogiannis, priest at the Holy Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour Christ.
    • Marriage Contract: Syros, Greece, 9 Feb/28 Jan 1866 (Roman/Greek calendar).
    Photos
    Polyxene Mavrogordato Agelasto Wedding Gown
    Polyxene Mavrogordato Agelasto Wedding Gown
    Presumably made in the 1860s in Syros. This photo is from the Chrysler Museum when the dress was put on display for a private dinner in the galleries in the early 1990s.
    The wedding gown worn by Polyxene Mavrogordato.
    The wedding gown worn by Polyxene Mavrogordato.
    353 Botetourt St, Norfolk, Virginia
    353 Botetourt St, Norfolk, Virginia
    When they first arrived in Norfolk, Va., in 1882, the family lived at 24 Botetourt Street in a cottage on the Selden estate. Today, the house has apparently been renumbered: 353.
    Cottage next to Selden House
    Cottage next to Selden House
    photo 2011
    Selden House, Norfolk, Virginia
    Selden House, Norfolk, Virginia
    photo 2011
    2522 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans (1979)
    2522 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans (1979)
    source: Jeff Lamb, Flickr
    2522 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans (2009)
    2522 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans (2009)
    source: Infrogmation, Flickr
    Documents
    Agelasto-Mavrogordato 1866 marriage
    Agelasto-Mavrogordato 1866 marriage
    Family ID F64  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Mar 1869 - Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Sep 1949 - Norfolk, Virginia USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 21 Sep 1949 - Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Michael A Agelasto
    Michael A Agelasto
    Agelasto Brothers, Memphis
    Agelasto Brothers, Memphis
    Taken in Memphis, where their father was a founding member of the Memphis Cotton Exchange. The boys are, from left to right: Alexander Michael (né Alexandre Alexandre), Peter Alexander and Michael Alexander. (George Scrini collection)
    with his great nephew Peter
    Michael Alexander Agelasto and Peter Alexander Agelasto III (1941). (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Atlantic Athletic Club annual tennis championships, 1902
    Atlantic Athletic Club annual tennis championships, 1902
    M. A. Agelasto (third from left); The Atlanta Constitution, 5 Aug 1902, p 11

    Documents
    Michael Alexander Agelasto passport application
    Michael Alexander Agelasto passport application
    Michael Agelasto patent for an electric thermometer
    Michael Agelasto patent for an electric thermometer
    Michael Alexander Agelasto Obituary - Washington Post (Sep 21 1949)
    Michael Alexander Agelasto Obituary - Washington Post (Sep 21 1949)
    Michael Alexander Agelasto Naturalization Papers 1906
    Michael Alexander Agelasto Naturalization Papers 1906
    Op-ed obituary in Norfolk, Virginia newspaper
    Op-ed obituary in Norfolk, Virginia newspaper
    "More than A Cotton Broker" by George H. Tucker
    Michael A Agelasto 1869 birth
    Michael A Agelasto 1869 birth
    Monday, 4 April 1869, 10 am. That was the date when "Alexander Agelasto, 39 years, merchant from Chios, resident in Ermoupolis", accompanied by two witnesses, visited the BMD official and declared that "on Monday, 10 March, at 4 am, his wife Polyxene Mavrogordato, 23 years, from Ermoupolis, gave birth to a male child that was given the name Michael".

    Mickey Agelasto - tennis
    Mickey Agelasto - tennis
    Atlanta Constitution, 6 Aug 1902. Read about his amateur tennis career.
    note to his niece (discovered by his great-great nephew Parker)
    note to his niece (discovered by his great-great nephew Parker)
    Mickey Agelasto was a guardian of things Greek among his generation. This note dated 17 May 1948 to Hannah (Mrs. Peter) Agelasto, his nephew's wife, passed along photos. He closes: "I am sure sometime in the future your boys will be interested."
    Museum of Modern Art, New York City
    Museum of Modern Art, New York City
    Michael Agelasto's membership card, 1949
    Interment Certificate - Norfolk Elmwood Cemetery
    Interment Certificate - Norfolk Elmwood Cemetery
    Michael Alexander Agelasto
    Correspondence between Gertrude Stein & Michael Agelasto
    Correspondence between Gertrude Stein & Michael Agelasto
    George Tucker, "Gertrude Stein: the writer who called R.E. Lee a wimp," The Virginian-Pilot & Ledger-Star, 7 Feb 1988


    Michael Alexander Agelasto obituary
    Michael Alexander Agelasto obituary
    likely from a Norfolk, Virginia newspaper; transcription
    Michael Alexander Agelasto Death Certificate
    Michael Alexander Agelasto Death Certificate

    Headstones
    Michael Alexander Agelasto (1869-1949), Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA
    Michael Alexander Agelasto (1869-1949), Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA
    Agelasto Family Plot Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk VA
    Agelasto Family Plot Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk VA
    photo 2011 (Parker Agelasto)

  • Sources 
    1. [S119] Argenti 1955, Philip P. Argenti, (London Oxford University Press).
      Included in Philip Argenti's Agelasto family tree, number 193.

    2. [S123] 1940 US Federal Census.

    3. [S78] Norfolk City Directories 1880-1931.

    4. [S85] Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris, Matthew Affron & John B. Ravenal eds., (Virginia, exhibition catalog, 2008), 19, 26.


  

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