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Ioannis (Stephanis) Schilizzi, esq[1, 2]

Male 1805 - 1892  (86 years)


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  • Name Ioannis (Stephanis) Schilizzi 
    Suffix esq 
    Nickname John Stephen 
    Born 10 Sep 1805  Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Jun 1892  74 Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 30 Jun 1892  Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • "The elegant classical chamber mausoleum (TQ 3272 32/1111) of John S. Schilizzi (1805-1892), whose family was said to be the richest Chiot family of the time, is situated in the southwest corner of the cemetery. It consists of a tall rectangular chamber with battered sides on a stepped plinth. A projecting cornice and a frieze are placed above the elaborate couble ironwork doors. An inscription on the pediment gives the date of the building's erection: 1 June 1879." It was listed by English Heritage in 1981.
    • register entry A10721
    • D Plaisco [Archimandrite D. Plesas] presiding [4]
    • burial plot no. 15803, reg. pg. 10195,no. 10721. [5]
    Notes 
    • Residence: 1830s-1840s, Leghorn/Livourne/Livorno, Italy; Bayswater, London, England: 1863, 73 Westbourne Terrace; 1880, 74 Westbourne Terrace. [6]
    • Occupation: Merchant. Probate gives address as 37 Finsbury Circus, London.
    • Founders of the Greek Orthodox Cemetery at West Norwood included John Stephen Schilizzi, Eustracio Ralli, Antonio Ralli [likely Antonios (Alexander) Ralli] and Alexander Constantine Ionides. Donated a mosaic to decorate the conch of the main apse of St Sophia's church in Bayswater, London. Calapodis lists Schilizzi, Antonios Ralli and Eustratios Ralli. [7]
    • His family is said to have been the richest Chiot family of the time. A portrait of him is in the Kora´s collection in Chios. He and his brother Zannis were educated at the Academy of Chios.
    • Captured by the Turks in 1822, he was kept on board Admiral Karoli Pasha's ship for 11 months. His family paid his ranson of 500 drachma through the Russian embassy in Constantinople. He then began a business in Livorno.
    • He, along with Alexander Vlasto and the Ralli Brothers funded an essay "Interpretation of the New Testament, Vol. ll" by Nicholaos M. Damalas, published Athens 1892.
    • He was in partnership with James Constantine Negreponte [possibly Jacob (Constantine) Negroponte], John James Negreponte [possibly Jacques (Jacob) Negroponte] and Leonidas Vernudachi (all three who retired on 31 Mar 1861), John Sten. Schilizzi, Eml. Halduvachi, Paul Stefanovich Schilizzi, Paul John Schilizzi, Michele P. Mavrogordato, Giovanni Vafiadacchi, Z. Stef. Schilizzi, Demetrius J. Paspali, Ambo. M. Cappari, Jean F. Paspatti, A. Z. Caridia, M. F. Paspatti, D. Stef. Schilizzi, and N. P. Caridia. The firms operated as merchants, at London, Manchester, and Calcutta, under the firm of Schilizzi and Co.; at Leghorn, under the firm of Schilizzi and Vafiadacchi; at Constantinople, under the firm of Z. Stefanovich and Co.; at Taganrog, under the firm of A. M. Cappari; and at Rostoff, under the firm of John F. Paspatti (London Gazette 27 Dec 1861).
    • He was among the partners in business as Merchants, at London, Manchester, and Calcutta, under the firm of Schilizzi and Co., at Leghorn under the firm of Schilizzi and Vafiadacchi, at Castellamare under the firm of Paul Stefanovich Schilizzi, at Constantinople under the firm of Z. Stefanovich and Co., and at Taganrog and Rostoff-on-the-Don under the firm of John F. Paspatti, until dissolved 31 March 1866. Other partners were: Zanni Stefanovich Schilizzi, Demetrius Stefanovich Schilizzi, John Stefanovich Schilizzi, Paul John Schilizzi, Paul Stefanovich Schilizzi, Giovanni Vafiadacchi, Ambrosio M. Cappari, Emmanuel Hafduvachi, Michael P. Mavrogordato, Michael F. Paspatti, John F. Paspatti, Nicolas P. Caridia, Aristides Z. Caridia, and Demetrius J. Paspatti. (London Gazette 22 Feb 1869)
    • John S. Schilizzi was listed as a member of the Baltic Exchange, 1886 (Harlaftis, A History of Greek-owned Shipping, p. 58). John Schilizzi and John S. Schilizzi and Paul S. Schilizzi, 37 Finsbury Circus, London, are listed among the 96 Greek members of the Baltic Exchange 1860-69.
    • The 1841 England Census reports for Blomfield Street, London Wall, London: John Schilizzi, 30, and Toxi Schilizzi, 20, both of foreign parts.
    • 1871 England census: 74 Westbourne Terrace, London, household headed by John Schilizzi, 63, retired merchant; wife Alexandra, 49, both b. Chios; son Paul J, 28, merchant, b. London; daughter-in-law Virginia, 20, b. Smyrna; daughter Fanny, 17 and granddaughter Alexandra, 1 yr, 2 ms, both b. London; & 8 servants.
    • 1881 England census: 74 Westbourne Terrace, London, household headed by John S. Schilizzi, 75, Levant East India merchant; wife Alexandra, 60, both b. Chios; son-in-law Pandely A. Mavrogordato, 29, general merchant, b. Constantinople; daughter Jeannie J., 33, b. London; & 7 servants.
    • 1846: I.S. Schilizzi was a church warden in the Greek Chapel in Finsbury Circus, London. [8]
    • Naturalisation Papers: Schilizzi, John Stefanovich, from Italy. Certificate 4876 issued 13 November 1865. [9]
    Person ID I2511  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2014 

    Father Stephanis (Zannis) Schilizzi,   b. 1757, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1820, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Hypatia (Zorzis) Calvocoressi,   b. 28 Jul 1765, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1832, Livorno [Leghorn], Italy/Tuscany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Family ID F1071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alexandra (Pandely) Mavrogordato,   b. 02 Jun 1819, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1897, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Children 
     1. Stephanis (Ioannis) Schilizzi,   b. 27 Jan 1840, Livorno [Leghorn], Italy/Tuscany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Feb 1840, Livorno [Leghorn], Italy/Tuscany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Paul (Ioannis) Schilizzi, esq,   b. 01 Jun 1842, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 1879, 3 Prince's Gate, Knightsbridge, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     3. Hypatia (Ioannis) Schilizzi,   b. 01 Jun 1843, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Sep 1870, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     4. Zennou (Ioannis) Schilizzi,   b. 07 May 1847, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Feb 1931, 74 Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +5. Fanny (Ioannis) Schilizzi,   b. 04 Mar 1854, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jun 1926, 16 Hyde Park Terrace, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2008 
    Family ID F1073  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Sep 1805 - Chios, Greece Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Jun 1892 - 74 Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 30 Jun 1892 - Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ioannis [John] Schilizzi
    Ioannis [John] Schilizzi
    74 Westbourne Terrace, London, England
    74 Westbourne Terrace, London, England
    The Bayswater residence of John and Alexandra Schilizzi with their son Paul and his family in 1871; photo 2009. In 1894 Alexandra's son-in-law Pandely A. Mavrogordato used this address and lived here presumably with his wife.
    1839 Map of Finsbury Circus, London, England
    1839 Map of Finsbury Circus, London, England
    Many Greek merchants traded from here. I S Schilizzi, living at 37 Finsbury Circus (1892), had been a church warden in the Greek Chapel in Finsbury Circus (1846).
    Blomfield Street, London, England
    Blomfield Street, London, England
    photo 2009; redeveloped London. John and Toxi Schilizzi lived on Blomfield Street, London Wall (1841)
    Yannis Schilizzi
    Yannis Schilizzi
    Photo: Timotheos Catsiyannis The Greek Community of London

    Documents
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    Register for plot 15803, sq 27, Greek plan no. 17-18, memorial damaged through enemy action, 1 Sep 1940
    John Stephen Schilizzi 1892 Probate
    John Stephen Schilizzi 1892 Probate

    Headstones
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    John Stephen Schilizzi Crypt
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    John S Schilizzi Crypt
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    J S Schilizzi crypt (interior)
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    John S Schilizzi Crypt Interior

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Hellenic enclosure of the South Metropolitan (West Norwood) Cemetery, Theodoropoulou-Polychroniadis, Zetta, (Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens, 2002), 18, 2002.

    2. [S67] Ploto: Greek Shipowners from the Late 18th Century to the Eve of World War II, Gelina Harlaftis, Manos Haritatos, Helen Beneki, (Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive, Athens, Greece 2003 ISBN 960-201-165-3), 234.

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

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

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

    6. [S91] La Frabrique Communautaire, Mathieu Grenet, ([thesis] European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization, 2010), 155.

    7. [S59] LA COMMUNAUT╔ GRECQUE └ MARSEILLE, Michel Calapodis, (Paris:L'Harmattan (link)), 224, note 573.

    8. [S45] Ulysses in the Raj, Paul Byron Norris, (BACSA, 1992; ISBN 0907799469), 125.

    9. [S73] UK National Archives.
      HO 1/126/4876


  

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