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Alexander Alexander [Michael] (Alexander) Agelasto, Jr.[1]

Male 1870 - 1947  (76 years)


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  • Name Alexander Alexander [Michael] (Alexander) Agelasto 
    • Recorded as Alexandre Alexandre Agelasto on his birth certificate and Alexander Michael on his gravestone. While his father A.M. Agelasto lived, he referred to himself as A.M. Agelasto Jr. He apparently also anglicized his spelling from Alexandre to Alexander and from Michel to Michael. The 1900 census calls him Alex M. Jr.
    Suffix Jr. 
    Nickname Alec 
    Born 14 Nov 1870  New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The 1900 census gives his birth date as Dec 1873.
    • 14 Nov 1873, according to death certificate.
    Christened 12 Apr 1875  Greek Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • He was baptised by Archimandrite Constantine Stratoulis. The church register exceptionally does not include the father's given name, although it gives his occupation as merchant and the address as Southport [Merseyside, Lancashire]. It states that the 4-year-old child came from America. The God-parent is Ms. Scrini [Virginia Scrini, his maternal aunt]. [Speculation: In Orthodox tradition a son can have the same given name as his father, only if the father is deceased by the time of the son's baptism, which was clearly not the case in this situation. Thus, the father's name is omitted.]
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 May 1947  Alexandria, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 25 May 1947  Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Elmwood Cemetery record: AGELASTO, ALEX M I28110 Section ELM, Block 7TH A E, Lot 15, Space 8 0 05/22/1947
    Notes 
    • Occupation: 1900, cotton merchant and broker, Norfolk, VA; from 1915, employee, United States Department of Agriculture (DOA). 1917, specialist in charge, Office of Markets and Rural Organization, DOA, 225 Carondelet, New Orleans, LA; 1918-22: specialist in cotton classing dept, DOA, Washington, DC; 1920, government cotton specialist.
    • Employment history: 1888-1891, agency clerk, McCullough Building, Water St. cr. Fayette, Norfolk, VA; 1906, cotton broker; Dec 1907 - Jan 1908, indicted, tried and acquitted for fraud; appointed assistant in cotton business methods, Office of Markets and Rural Organization, US Dept. of Agriculture(Washington Post, 4 Jul 1915); from 1920: staff member, Bureau of Agricultural Economics, US Dept. of Agriculture, Washington DC.; 1921, lead author of "The Cotton Situation," 1921 USDA Agriculture Yearbook, pp 323-406; 1943, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Distribution, Administration, Cotton and Fiber Branch, 12th and C St SW, Washington DC.
    • Residence: Norfolk, Va.: 1882-1886, 24 Botetourt; 1886-1897, 18 York; 1894, student [Alex M jr.], 913 N Calvert, Baltimore, MD; 1898, 54 (18) York; 1898-1912, 54 York; 1906, apparently living in Liverpool, England, and returned to US shortly before father’s death; 1913-1914, 426 W York; 1915, 518 Colonial Av; 1917, 1737 Jackson Av, New Orleans, LA; 1918-1920, Aurora Apartments n 2, 1846 Vernon NW, Washington, DC; 1921, Apt 401, 2426 19th St NW, Washington DC; 1930-1933, 2922 18th St. NW, Washington, DC.; 1937, 1943: 2019 Allen Place NW, Washington DC. [3]
    • Travel: 10 May 1899, Liverpool on the Germanic from New York; A.A. Agelasto, 22, male, departed Liverpool 13 Jun 1891 for New York aboard the Alaska; 29 June 1906, Liverpool to New York, Lucania.
    • Appears in a photo with his brothers, taken in Memphis, where his father was a founding member of the Memphis Cotton Exchange. The boys are, from left to right: Alexander Michael, Peter and Michael.
    • According to Peter A. Agelasto III, his grandfather, Peter A Agelasto, had to work hard to pay the debts that his younger brother Alexander ran up in trying to run the cotton business after their father (Alexander Michael) died. The Grandy family that controlled Seaboard Bank, on which great grandfather had been a board member, let them stay in their house for a few years although it was mortgaged and taken over by the bank.
    • 1933, apparently ran a dog breeding operation. From a classified ad in the 8 Jan 1933 Washington Post: "Puppies--Boston Terriers, pedigreed. Adams 5902. Call at 2022 18th St. NW ...and seven cute little pups are sold...Mr. Agelasto, 2922 18th street northwest, was offered music lessons, jewelry and other articles in exchange for his puppies, but Post readers paid cash for all seven. Mr. Agelasto was highly pleased with the number and character of calls."
    • Education: 1892-93, student in Arts, St Johns College [Johns Hopkins University], Annapolis MD, USA. Sports: He participated in the Johns Hopkins University Athletic Association (Baltimore Sun, 22 Feb 1889, p 4); on rooster of 10-man Johns Hopkins University's 'Ninety-one's' football team (Baltimore Sun, 22 Oct 1890, p 6).
    • He is listed in the Grand Catalogue of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, 1 Feb 1910, as cotton broker.
    • The following 2008 note is from George Scrini, the great-grandson of Virginia Mavrogordato Scrini, who was Alexander's aunt and god-mother[perhaps secretive as it is unclear whether Alexander's parents knew that she had had their son baptized].

      "Earlier in the year, we were in Chios and did an interview for the local paper about my connections with Chios. They did their own research and came up with a mention of Virginia and Alexander in a book by the authoress Penelope Delta. Her maiden name was Benaki (Benaki Museum in Athens) and her family had met the Scrinis while on holiday in Llandudno in North Wales. Alexander was about 13 at the time. He was 'a spoilt little boy who refused to speak any Greek!'"
    • He donated objects to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Washington, DC, with correspondence dating 11 May 1937 and 10 Aug 1943. The several items were lent to the Smithsonian in 1937 and later given as a gift in 1938. Their records show that the items were acquired in India by his father, A.M. Sr., on a trip in 1875.
    • The 1930 USA census: Alexander M. (age 56) and Dorothy (age 48) Angelasto (sic) reside at 2922 18th St., Washington, DC., home owned, valued at $13,000.
    • A. M. Agelasto, Jr. was a member of the New York Cotton Exchange in 1907. He is on a list of 34 cotton traders on the Exchange who lived in the U.S. South. The newspaper article concerns a congressional investigation over the Exchange's 'gambling methods.' ("The Cotton Exchange Side of It," Atlanta Constitution, 1 Mar 1907, p 6)
    • He was one of the three Department of Agriculture agents conducting a public investigation of cotton exchanges in Southern cities, including Norfolk, Va., 26 Aug 1918 ("Probing the Disparity in Prices of Cotton," The Atlanta Constitution, 27 Aug 1918).
    • Attended a social event at the Norfolk Country Club (Baltimore Sun, 12 Feb 1911).
    • He gave a two-spotted gourami to the National Zoo, Washington, DC. (New York Times, 3 Nov 1935, p N1).
    • He and his brother Mickey played the amateur tennis circuit.
    • "A.M. Agelasto, of the office of markets and rural organization, is taking a week's vacation at Norfolk" ("In Uncle Sam's Government Departments," Washington Post, 2 Jul 1916, p A5).
    • Stayed at the Navarre Hotel, New York City ("Glimpses of Washingtonians Visiting the Metropolis," Washington Post, 5 May 1919).
    • Business address, Norfolk, Va.: com mer (1882-1884); mngr Ralli Bros agcy (1885-1886); agt Ralli Bro’s Agency, 40 Main St. (1888); agt , McCullough 1 Water cor Fayette (1889-1892); clk/agt Ralli Bros 27 (29) Plume St. cor Randolph (1893-1897); agt Ralli Bros’ Agency, Front cor 3d, Atlantic City (1898-1900); cotton dir Ralli Bros 42 Front (1900-1903); A.M.A. & Son, 42 Front (1904-1906); A. M. Agelasto & Son (Alex M. Agelasto Jr.) cotton exporters Front cor 3d, Atlantic City (1907); A. M. Agelasto & Son (Inc), cotton brokers Front, A. Am. Agelasto Jr. v-pres (1908-1909); pres Atlantic Mnfg Co. (1910-1914); cotton broker (1915). [3]
    • 1930 US federal census: 2922 18th St., Washington, DC household headed by Alexander Angelasto [sic], owner, house valued at $13,000, 56, 27 y.o. at marriage; b. Louisiana, parents b. Greece, cotton specialist, US Government; wife Dorothy, 48, 21 y.o. at marriage; b. Virginia, parents b. Virginia.
    Person ID I194  Agelasto
    Last Modified 24 Jan 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

    Family Mary Higgins (Joseph) Walton,   b. 23 Apr 1880, Norfolk, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1970, Manassas Manor Nursing Home, 625 Maple St., Manassas, Prince William, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 18 Jun 1902  Norfolk, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Baltimore Sun erroneously reported: "Miss Mary Walton, well known in Baltimore, was married today to Mr. M. A. Agelasto" (19 Jun 1902, p 10).
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F105  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Nov 1870 - New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 12 Apr 1875 - Greek Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool, Lancashire, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Jun 1902 - Norfolk, Virginia USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 May 1947 - Alexandria, Virginia USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 25 May 1947 - Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Alexander Michael Agelasto, Jr
    Alexander Michael Agelasto, Jr
    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)

    Documents
    Agelastos Acquitted
    Agelastos Acquitted
    Washington Post Jan 25 1908
    <i>Washington Post</i> 12 Dec 1907
    Washington Post 12 Dec 1907
    "Two Brokers Indicted. Accused of Obtaining Large Sums of Fraudulent Warehouse Receipts" (page 5)
    <i>Washington Post</i> 7 Jan 1908
    Washington Post 7 Jan 1908
    "Brokers Again Indicted. Charged with Obtaining $280,000 from Norfolk Banks on False Receipts."
    Alexander Agelasto
    Alexander Agelasto
    entry in the baptism register, Greek Church of St Nicholas, Liverpool, England
    Mr & Mrs AM Agelasto's gifts to the Smithsonian (1938-1944)
    Mr & Mrs AM Agelasto's gifts to the Smithsonian (1938-1944)
    Cards from the United States National Museum's catalog describe the donations: back scratcher (Japan/China), mosaic book cover (India), jewelry box (Japan/China)
    As federal agent AM Agelasto investigates Norfolk Cotton Exchange
    As federal agent AM Agelasto investigates Norfolk Cotton Exchange
    "Probing the Disparity in Prices of Cotton," The Atlanta Constitution, 27 Aug 1918
    <i>Atlanta Constitution</i> 3 Dec 1907
    Atlanta Constitution 3 Dec 1907
    "False Cotton Receipts Used" (page 2) [re. grand jury]
    Baltimore Sun, 12 Dec 1907
    Baltimore Sun, 12 Dec 1907
    "Cotton Brokers Indicted. Prominent Norfolk Business Men Accused of Grand Larceny" (page 10)
    Puppies for sale
    Puppies for sale
    Washington Post, 8 Jan 1933
    Article on Agelasto indictment
    Article on Agelasto indictment
    Fibre & Fabric, 21 Dec 1907, p 18
    Interment Certificate - Norfolk Elmwood Cemetery
    Interment Certificate - Norfolk Elmwood Cemetery
    Alex M. Agelasto Jr.
    Alexander Alexander Agelasto Birth Certificate
    Alexander Alexander Agelasto Birth Certificate
    Ralli Bros USA
    Ralli Bros USA
    Company Label
    Alexander M Agelasto Death Certificate
    Alexander M Agelasto Death Certificate

    Headstones
    Alexander Michael Agelasto Jr (1870-1947), Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA
    Alexander Michael Agelasto Jr (1870-1947), 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 194.

    2. [S24] Baptism records, St Nicholas Greek Church, Liverpool, England, 282.

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


  

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