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John (Matthew) Ziffo[1, 2]

Male 1848 - 1938  (89 years)


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  • Name John (Matthew) Ziffo 
    Born 07 Dec 1848  Athens, Attica, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Mar 1938  18 Cleveland Gardens, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Death notice appeared in The Times (London) 31 Mar 1938.
    • His estate was administered by Pandia Calvocoressi and Emmanuel Demetriadi. [3]
    Buried 02 Apr 1938  Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Funeral at St Sophia Cathedral, London, 11 a.m., 2 Apr 1938.
    • burial in plot 21775, sq 28-42, Greek plan no. 8, reg. pg. 17995, no. 73124 [4]
    Notes 
    • Knight of the Order of The Saviour.
    • John Matthew Ziffo, native of Greece, merchant, 18 Cleveland Gardens, Hyde Park, London, was naturalized in the UK, 8 Mar 1915 (The London Gazette, 6 Apr 1915). Naturalization: Ziffo, John Matthew, from Greece. Resident in London. Certificate 219 issued 5 March 1915. [5]
    • Occuption: Merchant. He was a partner in Petrocochino Brothers, from at least 1897 until it was dissolved 31 Dec 1924, with George Marchetti, Stephen Petrocochino and Alexander Stephen Petrocochino, 57 Palmerston House, Old Broad St., London and 4 Clive St., Calcutta (The London Gazette, 2 Jan 1925). Listed in 1913 as a member of the Baltic Exchange (representing Petrocochino Bros).
    • Residence: prior to 1886, Calcutta; 1900-13, 80 Westbourne Ter. W, Paddington, London (1903-13 phone listing for John Ziffo, 1900 directory listing for John M.); 1914-38, 18 Cleveland Gardens W.2, Bayswater, Paddington, London (phone listing).
    • 1899 directory lists John Ziffo, 48 Lanark Villas, Clifton Rd., Maida, Vale W, London. Lanark Villas was a street that ran parallel between Maida Vale and Portsdown [now Randolph Avenue], bookended by Stranraer P. (what is now the intersection of Randolph Crescent) and Clifton Road, identified in the 1898 Charles Booth online archive.
    • He authored in 1933 what, for genealogical purposes, has become a very important document. Writing to his nephew he says, "Your father [Theodore], Ambrose, Maria and I took from Father's side, had brown eyes and dark hair and were the most intelligent; Alexander, Kosta and Julia had blue eyes and fair hair from the Ralli side."
    • John had much affection for his younger brother Ambrose who died in India. He writes: "In his delirium he constantly asked for me and disregarding the terrible up-coutry heat in May, I left Calcutta early next morning with my servant and a hundred-weight of ice. The out-door temperature was 120°, in my artificially cooled compartment 98°. I lay with an ice bag on my head and chest. I arrived at Allalabad at 7 p.m. and a few minutes later heard a boy calling out my name; he handed me a telegram informing me of my dear brother's death and advising me not to continue the long journey. The shock was too much for me. I fainted and was taken in a gharry to a chemist's shop. My Uncle Strati came next day and tooke me back to Calcutta. As I was very weak and covered with boils, I was ordered home early in 1882 and left via Bombay. I went straight to Ralli Bros. office and found there my brother's native servant who came with him from Karachi. He related with tears in his eyes how my brother had suffered on the voyage."
    • He was in partnership, until dissolved 31 Dec 1924 with George Marchetti, Stephen Demetrius Petrocochino, Emmanuel Stephen Petrocochino and Alexander Stephen Petrocochino, carrying on business as Merchants, at 57 Palmerston House, Old Broad Street, London, and at Orient House, Granby Row, Manchester, and at No. 4, Clive Street, Calcutta, as Petrocochino Brothers (London Gazette2 Jan 1925).
    • He was partners with Despina Demetrius Petrocochino [née Despina (Matthew) Rodocanachi](until she resigned 7 Jan 1898), George Marchetti and Emmanuel Eustratius Petrocochino, carrying on business as Merchants, at Palmerston House, Old Broad Street, London, Manchester, and Calcutta, India, as Petrocochino Brothers (London Gazette 7 Jan 1898).
    • He was a partner in Petrocochino Bros, Palmerston Buildings, Old Broad Street, London; Manchester and Calcutta which included Emmanuel Eustratius Petrocochino, George Marchetti, George Leonidas Flamburiari, Matthew Demetrius Petrocochino and Stephen Demetrius Petrocochino (London Gazette 13 Jan 1905).
    • Patent, 9 Jan 1894 - Class 13: designs on textile piece goods. Registered design No 225193: registered by Tamvaco and Micrulachi, Merchants, of 38 and 40 Lloyd Street, Manchester and Calcutta. 28 Oct 1896: Assigned to George Marchetti, Eustratius Emmanuel Petrocochino, Despina Demetrius Petrocochino and John Matthew Ziffo, trading in co-partnership as Petrocochino Brothers, 2 Hall Street, Manchester. East India Merchants. [6]
    • He administered the estate of Despina Demetrius Petrocochino, along with Matthew Demetrius Petrocochino.
    • John Matthew Ziffo [80 Westbourne Terrace] appears on the 1910, 1913, 1915, 1918 electoral register Paddington South parliamentary division, Westminster county/borough; [57 Palmerston House, abode - 80 Westbourne Terrace] 1912, 1914; [57 Palmerston House, abode - 18 Cleveland Gardens W] London/City of London 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924; [18 Cleveland Gardens W] 1918, 1919, 1921 Paddington and St Marylebone/Westminster; 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1930, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 Paddington/Westminster; 1928 Paddington and Poplar/Westminster.
    • 1911 England census for 80 Westbourne Terrace, Hyde Park, Paddington, London W, household headed by John Ziffo, 62, b. Athens, Greece, married 24 years, 2 children, 2 living, East India merchant, exporter cotton goods, importer jute & grain, Greek nationality; wife Argyrie, 24, b. Liverpool; daughters Dessie, 23, b. Calcutta; Olga, 21, b. London, Paddington; both single; 6 servants.
    Person ID I462  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2018 

    Father Matthew (Alexander) Ziffo,   b. 14 Sep 1818, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1912, Trieste, Italy/Austria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Mother 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  [7
    Family ID F186  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Arghyri (Dimitrios) Petrocochino,   b. 23 Jan 1861, Liverpool, Lancashire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1954, Albury, London Road, East Grinstead, Sussex, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 16 Oct 1886  St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John Ziffo registered his marriage in Oct-Nov-Dec 1886 in London, v 1a, p 134. Certificate not examined.
    • Marriage notice appeared in The Times (London) 21 Oct 1886, pg. 1.
    • Witnesses/Sponsors: Despoina Petrocochino & Eustratius Em. Petrocochino; Agathangeies Moschvachis presiding; entry 146. [8]
    • Marriage notice in The Times of India, 10 Nov 1886. [9]
    • Rev Agathangeles Moscovachis officiated.
    Children 
     1. Despina (John) Ziffo,   b. 09 Nov 1887, Calcutta, Bengal, British India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1962, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +2. Olga Mary (John) Ziffo,   b. 02 Dec 1889, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1971, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F187  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 07 Dec 1848 - Athens, Attica, Greece Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Oct 1886 - St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Mar 1938 - 18 Cleveland Gardens, Bayswater, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 02 Apr 1938 - Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    80 Westbourne Terrace, London, England
    80 Westbourne Terrace, London, England
    The Shaftesbury Premier Hotel. John Ziffo, with his family and his mother-in-law, lived at this address in Bayswater from 1900-1913; photo 2009.
    view of Cleveland Square, London, England
    view of Cleveland Square, London, England
    photo 2009. Residences on Cleveland Square stop at no. 14, then resume after block flats with no. 26. Cleveland Gardens include no. 1-7. John M. and Arghyri Ziffo lived at 18 Cleveland Gardens, Bayswater, from 1900 until his death in 1938.
    WWII bomb damaged to Old Broad Street, London, England
    WWII bomb damaged to Old Broad Street, London, England
    "A bomb fell on the vacant site between Palmerston House (no.34) and the Bank of Taiwan (nos.40-41) 3.44pm 15th July 1944," according to the City of London website. Earlier Petrocochino Brothers had had its offices in Suite 57 (1889-1924).
    WWII bomb damage to Old Broad Street, London, England
    WWII bomb damage to Old Broad Street, London, England
    Palmerston House is on the right.
    Orient House, Granby Row, Manchester, England
    Orient House, Granby Row, Manchester, England
    The offices of Petrocochino Bros. (until 1925).
    Orient House, Granby Row, Manchester, England
    Orient House, Granby Row, Manchester, England
    detail; a restoration of the structure retained the original facade.
    Orient House, Granby Row, Manchester, England
    Orient House, Granby Row, Manchester, England
    detail
    Hall Street, Manchester, England
    Hall Street, Manchester, England
    Photo 2015. From 1872-1900 in various relationships Stephen Emmanuel Petrocochino, George Marchetti, Eustratius Emmanuel Petrocochino, Despina Demetrius Petrocochino and John Matthew Ziffo, traded as Petrocochino & Co. or Petrocochino Brothers, 2-4 Hall Street, Manchester. Rodocanachi & Sons. also worked out of 2 Hall St. (1868-1869).

    Documents
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    Register for plot 21775, sq 28-42, Greek plan no. 8
    John Matthew Ziffo 1938 probate
    John Matthew Ziffo 1938 probate
    Ralli Bros India
    Ralli Bros India
    company label

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

    2. [S119] 1911 England Census.

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

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

    5. [S73] UK National Archives.
      HO 144/1369/264270

    6. [S73] UK National Archives.
      BT 51/75/225193

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

    8. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 12, Jul 1977.
      Marriages Celebrated at the Holy Wisdom (Saint Sophia) in Moscow Road, Bayswater [London]

    9. [S84] FIBIS database.


  

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