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Matthew (Alexander) Ziffo[1]

Male 1818 - 1912  (93 years)


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  • Name Matthew (Alexander) Ziffo 
    Born 14 Sep 1818  Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jun 1912  Trieste, Italy/Austria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Residence: Athens; after 1851 Trieste.
    • According to his son, John (Matthew) Ziffo, his father "was born in the Island of Chios about 2 1/2 years before the Massacre. On that terrible day his Mother with her two daughters, and a young maid, carrying my Father, took to the mountains to cross the island; following a long trail of refugees and guided by shepherds over mule paths. The maid soon got tired, left the child on the mountain side and fled. A Mr Agelasto, [this would be Michael Pandely Agelasto] the father of John [Michael] Agelasto whose firm (Frangopulo Agelasto & Co of London and Liverpool) [Theodore (Matthew) Ziffo] joined when he came to London, was following and recognizing the child picked him up and took him to the island of Syra. By a fortunate coincidence his mother and sisters also landed in Syra. One can imagine her joy at being re-united with her boy whom she had feared lost."
    • He was brought up by relatives because his mother died when he was quite young. He was sent to Leghorn to complete his studies, then returned to Syros. By age 28 he held a "quite important social position being the only banker received at King Othon's court, the foreign embassies and in best society." Then came the financial crash and Crimean War. His bank guaranteed John Ralli, "his father-in-law for a substantial amount, in the hopes of saving him from bankruptcy but ultimately [both] were ruined." Then, "Ambrogio di Stefano Ralli of Trieste (who afterwards became Baron Ralli) offered him the post of manager...paying in full all his creditors." He lived for 52 years after the family moved to Trieste and "during all those years having to support a large family he never managed to accumulate more than 10,000 which gradually disappeared as the two [daughters] grew up and expenses increased with dowries to get them married. When he was about 70 Rallis pensioned him off." (John Matthew Ziffo)
    • Matheo Alexandre Ziffo, Trieste, Merchant invested in The Bank of Alexandria Limited (London Gazette 27 Sep 1873).
    Person ID I459  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2008 

    Father Alexander (Ambrosios) Ziffo,   d. 1822 
    Mother Loula (Dimitrios) Petrocochino,   b. 1796,   d. Abt 1825, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Family ID F185  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Despina (Zannis) Ralli,   b. 08 Sep 1824, Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Apr 1869, Trieste, Italy/Austria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 16 Nov 1842  Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Maria (Matthew) Ziffo
     2. Julia (Matthew) Ziffo,   b. Abt 1843,   d. 1917  (Age ~ 74 years)
    +3. Theodore (Matthew) Ziffo,   b. 25 Dec 1845, Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Dec 1901, Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    +4. John (Matthew) Ziffo,   b. 07 Dec 1848, Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1938, 18 Cleveland Gardens, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     5. Alexander (Matthew) Ziffo,   b. Abt 1850, Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Ambrosios (Matthew) Ziffo,   b. 18 Jan 1851, Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 May 1881, Malabar Hill, Bombay, British India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
     7. Constantine (Matthew) Ziffo,   b. 21 Dec 1853, Trieste, Italy/Austria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1923, Trieste, Italy/Austria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F186  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Sep 1818 - Chios, Greece Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Nov 1842 - Athens, Attica, Greece Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Jun 1912 - Trieste, Italy/Austria Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Ambrose M Ziffo probate
    Ambrose M Ziffo probate
    Matthew Ziffo petitioned the court on 5 Oct 1881 to have his son Ambrose's estate administered by Stephen Augustus Ralli and Alexander Anthony Vlasto, both of 25 Finsbury Circus, London.

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] 16 Nov 1933 letter to Ambrose T. Ziffo from his uncle John Ziffo, John (Matthew) Ziffo, (Collection of Panorea Ziffo).

    2. [S17] Sturdza, Dictionnaire Historique Genealogique ... Grece, Sturdza, Mihail-Dimitri, (self, Paris, 1983), 390.


  

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