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Alexander (Alexander) Ionides[1, 2, 3]

Male 1840 - 1898  (58 years)


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  • Name Alexander (Alexander) Ionides 
    Nickname Aleco 
    Born 14 Jan 1840  Tulse Hill, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1 Jan 1840 according to Sturdza [4]
    Christened 23 Feb 1840  Chapel of Our Saviour, Finsbury Circus, City of London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • God-parents: Eustratius C. Ionides [5]
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jul 1898  London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Through his will, dated 1 Jul 1889, with a codicil of 20 Jan 1890, he bequeathed £400 to the Evangelismos, Athens; £400 to the Hadji Costa Orphanage, Athens; £1,000 to Miss Sophia Triooupis; his Tanagra statuettes and Greek vases to the National Museum, Athens, but which are to remain at 1 Holland Park, while occupied by his widow. Gross value of the estate was £19,026 18s 2d and is left chiefly to members of the family. Executors were John Balli, Stephen Augustus Agelasto and Charles Cheston (Daily News [London], 25 Mar 1899).
    • 31 Aug 1898, according to Sturdza wrongly [4]
    Buried 04 Aug 1898  Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • burial plot no. 19003, sq 29, reg. pg. 11785, no. 23442; then moved to tomb no 28255, sq 29, for which the register lists lists Alexander A Ionides (1900), Isabella Ionides (1913), Andre Alexander Ionides (1939). [6]
    • Archimandrite A. Paraschis officiating [7]
    Notes 
    • Consul General for Greece.
    • Residence: abt 1880, 1 Holland Park, Kensington, London, England; 1888, 20 Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, London, England; Homewood, Esher, Surrey, England.
    • Occupation: Merchant; 1874, Banker, Gresham House, Old Broad Street, London, England.
    • Origin: Constantinople
    • The 'tall young Greek' in 'Trilby'. Described in the Martineau Memoirs. Greek Consul-General 1884-94. Employed William Morris, Walter Crane, Philip Webb and others to redecorate the interior of No. 1 Holland Park, London.
    • Aleco bought several paintings by his friend James Whistler: 'Sea and Rain', 'Nocturne in Blue and Gold', 'Valparaiso Bay', 'Green and Grey', 'The Oyster Smacks, Evening', 'Arrangement in Grey', 'Portrait of the Painter'.
    • His portrait was painted by G. F. Watts and Legros. A group photograph shows him and five children at a five-barred gate at Homewood.
    • He retired from the family stock broking business in 1882 and retired to Brighton where he concentrated in building up his art collection. In his will, he bequeathed all 1138 items to the Victoria and Albert Museum, where most of the paintings, including works by Rembrandt, Degas, Delacroix and Millet, are now on public display.
    • He was a creditor with Demetrius Stefanovich Schilizzi, 9 Fenchurch St, London, Merchant, in the bankruptcy of Tunis Railways Company Limited (London Gazette 6 Jan 1874).
    • Alexander A. Ionides was listed as a member of the Baltic Exchange, 1886 (Harlaftis, A History of Greek-owned Shipping, p. 58). Alexander A. Ionides, 17 Gracechurch St., London, is listed among the 96 Greek members of the Baltic Exchange 1860-69, along with Alexander C. Ionides at the same address.
    • The 1881 England census: 1 Holland Park, Kensington, London, household headed by Alexander C. Ionides, 70, retired merchant and late cousul general of Greece, naturalized British subject; wife Euterpe, 64, both b. Constantinople; grandsons Andrew A., 4; Ambrose A, 2 3/4; George A. 1 3/4; granddaughter Aglaia, 6 months, all b. London; & 6 servants; and adjacent at 1a Holland Park, household headed by Theodore John Coronios, 54, merchant, b. Constantinople, British subject; wife Aglaia [daughter of Alexander and Euterpe], 45, b. London, Finsbury Circus; daughter Calliope, 24; son John, 23, both b. Tulse Hill, London; & 3 servants. NB: note that neither he nor his wife was ennumerated with their children.
    • The 1891 England census: 1 Holland Park, Kensington, London, household headed by Alexander A. Ionides, 51, cousul general of Greece, b. Tulse Hill, Surrey; wife Isabel, 37, b. Marseille; Andre A., 14; George A. 12; daughter Aglaia, 10; Penelope, 9, all b. London Kensington; & 7 servants; and adjacent at 1a Holland Park, household headed by Theodore John Coronios, 66, b. Greece; wife [Aglaia daughter of Alexander and Euterpe Ionides], 50, b. London; daughter Calliope, 33; son John, 23, b. Tulse Hill, Surrey; son-in-law Paraskeva Sechiari, 38, stock broker - agent, b. Marseille; & 3 servants.
    • Alexander Alexander Ionides was photographed by Camille Silvy, albumen print, 2 March 1862, 3 3/8 in. x 2 1/4 in. (85 mm x 56 mm) image size; Purchased, 1904; Photographs Collection, NPG Ax57050; National Portrait Gallery (UK).
    Person ID I213  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2015 

    Father Alexander Constantine (Constantine) Ionides,   b. 20 Aug 1810, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1890, Windycroft, Hastings, East Sussex, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Euterpe (Lucas) Sgouta,   b. 20 May 1816, Constantinople/Istanbul, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1892, Windycroft, Hastings, East Sussex, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1832  London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1315  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Zambelou (Ambrose) Sechiari,   b. 21 Apr 1853, boulevard Dugommier 5, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1913, The Homewood, Esher, Surrey, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married Autumn 1875  Chapel of Our Saviour, Finsbury Circus, City of London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • possibly 14 Aug or 14 Sep (Sturdza)
    • Witnesses/Sponsors: Theodore P. Ralli & Aglaia Coronio; Hieronymous Myriantheus presiding; entry 95. [8]
    Children 
     1. Andr� Alexander (Alexander) Ionides,   b. 10 Jan 1877, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1939, Croft House Nursing Home, Epsom Road, Guildford, Surrey, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +2. Ambrosios Constantine (Alexander) Ionides,   b. 09 Apr 1878, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1915, Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    +3. George Alexander (Alexander) Ionides,   b. 27 May 1879, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1955, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. Aglaia (Alexander) Ionides,   b. 28 Sep 1880, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1965, Fitzhall, Midhurst, Sussex, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +5. Penelope (Alexander) Ionides,   b. 11 Jan 1882, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1974, Rathmore, Fife, Scotland UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F78  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Jan 1840 - Tulse Hill, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 23 Feb 1840 - Chapel of Our Saviour, Finsbury Circus, City of London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Autumn 1875 - Chapel of Our Saviour, Finsbury Circus, City of London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Jul 1898 - London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 04 Aug 1898 - Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Alexander A Ionides
    Alexander A Ionides
    Ionidis Family
    Ionidis Family
    Alexandros Ionidis, his wife Efterpi Sgouta, with children Alekos, Aglaia, Constantinos and Loukas; from the website: Greek and linked European Families
    1 Holland Park, Kensington, London
    1 Holland Park, Kensington, London
    photo 2009; the site is now occupied by the Greek Embassy; earlier structures were destroyed by fire. Previously a nursing home, owned by the local Council, sat here. From about 1880 - 1905 the Alexander C. Ionides family lived here.
    1 Holland Park, Kensington, London
    1 Holland Park, Kensington, London
    The Embassy of Greece
    20 Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, London, England
    20 Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, London, England
    Alexander A. Ionides lived at this address in 1888, perhaps when 1 Holland Park was being redecorated; photo 2009.
    20 Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, London, England
    20 Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, London, England
    detail
    Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, England
    Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, England
    photo on its wiki website, which says that Gresham House was one of the buildings that used to occupy this plot. Alexander Alexander Ionides operated as a banker out of Gresham House (1874); the original Gresham House was demolished in 1768.

    Documents
    West Norwood Cemetery Register
    West Norwood Cemetery Register
    Register for tomb no 28255, Greek Sq 29 lists Alexander A Ionides (1900), Isabella Ionides (1913), Andre Alexander Ionides (1939).
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    Register for plot 19003, sq 29
    Alexander Alexander Ionides 1899 probate
    Alexander Alexander Ionides 1899 probate

    Headstones
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    face 1: Alexander A Ionides (1840-1898) and wife Isabella (1853-1913); face 2: Ambrose C Ionides (1878-1915); photo by Parker Agelasto
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    Ionides Family Vault

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Greeks In Pre-Twentieth Century London, Jonathan Harris, (untold London website), 2006.

    2. [S109] National Portrait Gallery, London UK.

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

    4. [S17] Sturdza, Dictionnaire Historique Genealogique ... Grece, Sturdza, Mihail-Dimitri, (self, Paris, 1983), 152.

    5. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 8, Mar 1974.
      Records of Baptisms from the Church of Our Saviour, 9 Finsbury Circus, City of London

    6. [S78] West Norwood Cemetery registers, London, England.

    7. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 4, Aug 1977.
      Records of Burials at West Norwood Cemetery

    8. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 12.
      Records of Marriages from the Church of Our Saviour [London]
      Mar 1977


  

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