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Alexander (Michel) Agelasto[1, 2, 3]

Male 1833 - 1906  (73 years)


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  • Name Alexander (Michel) Agelasto 
    • The Alexander Michel Agelasto photo album.
    • His marriage certificate lists his mother as Maria Negroponte.
    Born 10 Sep 1833  Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The 1900 Norfolk, Va. census gives his birth date as Feb 1833. Extrapolation of data from the 1869 Syros voter register (in the Greek national archives) and the digitized oath of Syros citizenship register suggest the birth year to be about 1831. The baptism registers of the Holy Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour Christ, Syros, available for the years 1831-1834, 1835-1851, 1852-1860 and 1897-1912, but have been examined for only for 1835, the year his brother John was born and baptized.
    • His passport application and naturalization papers do not give a birth date.
    Gender Male 
    Died 01 Dec 1906  54 York St., Norfolk, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His will was proved 11 Dec 1906, P.A. Agelasto serving as executor.
    • Cause of death: pneumonia
    Buried 02 Dec 1906  Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Elmwood Cemetery record: AGELASTO, ALEXANDER M I28111 Section ELM, Block 7TH A E, Lot 15, Space 10 0 12/01/1906
    • Lot 15, 7th A. East Elm.
    Notes 
    • Cotton and grain merchant. 1860-61, Negroponte & Agelasto, commission merchants, 119 Gravier St., New Orleans, LA; 9 Jan. 1861, Bark Ella Virginia, Bark Dodo, 5 Oct 1861, coffee from Rio Janeiro; 1871, 1873 & 1874, 173 Gravier St., New Orleans; 1872, solitary commission merchant; 1873-74, com. mer. 173 Gravier; 6 May 1873, coffee shipment from Rio; 20 Apr 1874, partner in Memphis [TN] Cotton Exchange; 1874-75, cotton buyer and com. mer, r. Europe, with John F. Voisin, representative; 1i>8175: cotton buyer & com. mer., Room 11, 2 Carondelet St, New Orleans; employed bookkeeper; 1876, commission merchant, 76 Baronne, New Orleans, but lists residence in Memphis, TN; 1877, cotton buyer (not merchant), 76 Baronne St; 1878, employed a bookkeeper and Felix S. Voisin, clerk in rue Valence, cor. St. Charles, New Orleans; cotton buyer, Memphis, Tn.: 1872-1874 358 Front; 1874 358 Front and 12 Union; 1874-1880 336 Front; 1888-1891, agent, cotton exporters, Norfolk, Virginia. The 1861 New Orleans directory lists the names of the Negroponte & Agelasto firm as John P. Negroponte and AM Agelasto; firm's address 119 Gravier, New Orleans (1861) and 64 and 72 Beaver, New York (in 1862 and 1864 respectively). 'Negreponte & Agelasto (represented A.Ralli & Co. of London)' , established 1861, is on Contopoulos' list of principal Greek commercial houses in New York City. [4, 5]
    • Residence: 1858-1860 USA; 1866, Syros; 1867 Malabar Hill, Bombay, India; 1869, Syros; 1870, New Orleans; 51 10th St, New York City; 1870 & 1872, Esplanade St, bet. Broad & Dorgenois St, New Orleans, LA [may have lived in a house on Broad St. before moving to Esplanade St.]; 1873 & 1874, states residence as Europe; 1873-77, New York directory listings: mer. 80 Beaver, h L.I. 1873-74; h N.J. 1875; cotton buyer 131 Pearl; Memphis Tn 1872-1873 bds Peabody Hotel; 1874 rooms Magnolia Block, w4 (with A & D. Paterarchi); 1876-1877 312 Poplar; 1878-1880 272 Lauderdale; 1880-81, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Wisconsin, on vacation [1880 census; "Oconomowoc, Wisconsin - A. M. Agelasto, of Memphis, has rented a cottage here for the season," Chicago Tribune, 12 Jun 1881, p 17]; 1882-1883 24 Botetourt, Norfolk, Va.; 1885- Norfolk, Virginia [he was given a permit to build a $10,000 house on York St. (The American Architect and Building News, 26 Dec 1885, p xi)]; 1888-1891, 18 York St., Norfolk, VA; 1900, 24 York St., Norfolk, VA. [6]
    • Naturalization: Intention for citizenship dated 3 May 1872, filed 31 March 1875; Renounces allegiance to the King of Greece, 3 May 1872; Naturalization 2 April 1875, signed by Hamilton Ash, indicating height as 5'8". The 1900 census, however, says that he and his wife immigrated to the US in 1859.
    • Travel: Alex Agelasto, 31, arrived Boston from Liverpool on the Niagra 29 Mar 1858, normally belonging in France, seeking to live in the USA. (New York City arrival 1858 stated in citizenship papers); aboard Columbia from New Orleans to New York, 4 Apr 1864; 18 May 1864, NYC to Liverpool aboard Scotia with E. Ralli & A. Pateraki [his brother-in-law]; 1865, house-hunting in New Orleans, writes financee; 1865, married in Greece; 21 Oct. 1868, Liverpool to NYC aboard Russia; scheduled arrival Bombay from Marseille, 25 Sep 1969 (Allen’s Indian Mail, 21 Jul 1869); 7 Oct. 1869, Liverpool to NYC aboard China (with nephew Demosthenes Pateraki; wife and son Peter, 7 months after bearing her second child [who is not with them] and 13 months before delivering her third child; 1870, returns to New Orleans; 17 Sept. 1872, Liverpool to NYC aboard Scotia; New York to Liverpool aboard Scotia (Liverpool Mercury 23 Jun 1873); 25 Sep 1873, Liverpool to NYC aboard Algeria; Feb. 1875, in New York and Washington, DC on business and lobbying; 1 Sept. 1875, Liverpool to NYC aboard Russia (with family, including youngest son, secretly baptized); 26 Oct. 1876, business trip. A. M. Agelasto departed Liverpool 10 Jun 1899 aboard the Umbria, for New York.
    • He appears as a cotton buyer in the Dégas painting 'A Cotton Office in New Orleans' of 1872-73 (oil on canvas) where he is depicted in the background sampling a handful of cotton. He is known to the New Orleans gallery as Michael Alexander Agelasto.
    • Wife sues for judicial separation of property and return of her £3500 (then $19,800) as "the affairs of her husband have become so disordered and that his losses have been such that she has come to fear..." Default judgment in her favor, 8 Nov 1875 for $37,600 + costs.
    • Appears in a photograph taken at Gurney's Fifth Avenue, New York in 1872. It is signed on the back by Polyxene (his wife) and addressed to Virginia (her sister). The message is "the unsmiling one" reference to the Greek meaning of Agelasto.
    • "Agelasto, Alexander, New Orleans, Merchant" is one of the the partners of the Bank of Alexandria Ltd, London (London Gazette 27 Feb 1873). Also included are his brother John Michael of London and his father Michael Pandely of Marseille.
    • He bought by advance subscription two copies of Achilles Rose, Christian Greece and Living Greek (NY: Peri Hellados Publication Office, 1898.
    • According to tax assessments, in 1862 he resided at 51 10th Street, New York City. His income was valued at $1,900 ($40,000 in today's money) and assessed a tax of $57.
    • 5 Feb 1866: Alexander M. Agelasto, 35, married, born Chios, merchant, swore allegiance to the government at the town hall, Ermoupolis, Syros.
    • Alexander Michel Agelasto, 38, was on the voter list for Syros, 1869.
    • The will of Alexander Michael Mavrogordato (1816 - 1876), recorded and archived on Syros, mentions his wife's brother Petros Ralli, five of six daughters (excluding Hypatia), his son Michael and two sons-in-law, Alexander M. Agelasto and Paul Tzolas.
    • P.P. Negroponte and M. Agelesti (sic), both with the firm Negroponte & Agelastl (sic) were among the more than thirty merchants, "citizens of New Orleans and inhabitants of Louisiana," who signed an open letter written under the seal of the City of New Orleans to Dr. John E. E. Ealino in The Charleston Mercury 19 Jan 1860, p 2, praising the physician's skills as his former patients and welcoming him as a winter resident of New Orleans. This could be either this man (if a typo) or his father.
    • Negroponte & Agelasto was a member of the New York Merchants Exchange, corner Exchange Place and William Street, NYC. Other members included Ralli & Co., Rodocanache & Co., M. Psiachi, Scaramangu Bros. and Fachiri & Co. (New York Times 14 May 1863 p 5).
    • A.M. Agelasto shipped coffee on the Brig Talisman (Norw.) Hansen, Rio Janerio, 22 Feb 1873 via St. Thomas 19 ds, vessel to C. Tobias & Co. New York Times 6 May 1873, p 8.
    • He presented [presumably he paid for] the singles championship cup in the South Atlantic championship tennis tournaments, Atlanta, 12 Aug 1900; 8 Aug 1902. His son Michael, a favorite to win, lost in the quarter-finals in 1902 (Atlanta Constitution, 9 Aug 1902).
    • Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Agelasto, of Norfolk, stayed at the Rennert (Baltimore Sun, 28 Jan 1906).
    • O.P. Clark, the butler at the Agelasto residence in the West End, Norfolk, went missing; the police arrested and the court released a suspect (Baltimore Sun, 28 Nov 1894).
    • Elected member of the New York Cotton Exchange (New York Tribune, 26 Sep 1906, p 14).
    • Avid hunter with pedigreed bird dogs. He claimed the names of 'Cap' and 'Juno' for his two setter puppies by Gladstone out of Juno, purchased from Jerry Cockrell, Memphis, TN (Forest and Stream, 20 Jan 1881, p 496).
    • President of Dixie Manufacturing Co., 1906
    • Education: Smyrna and Athens
    • Alex. Agelasto, 32, East 10th St., New York, merchant, white, unmarried, born Greece, is registered in the consolidated list of persons eligible for military service, enumerated May-June 1863, Eighth Congressional District, New York. [The draft was initiated by Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and reformed in March 1863. All men between 20 and 45 years of age were required to register. This included non-citizens. With news of the Battle of Gettysburg, the draft resistance in July 1863, primarily from Irish immigrants, caused riots in New York. Parker Agelasto]
    Person ID I84  Agelasto
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2015 

    Father Michael (Pandely) Agelasto,   b. 1802, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1886, rue de la Biblioteque 24, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Maria (Ioannis) Parembli,   b. 1811, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1893, quartier Sainte Marguerite, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1831  Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F43  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. Victoire Alexandria (Alexander) Agelasto,   b. Abt Dec 1861, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1863, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F564  Group Sheet

    Family 2 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).
    Children 
    +1. Peter Alexander (Alexander) Agelasto,   b. 23 Feb 1867, Malabar Hill, Bombay, British India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Nov 1939, Warren, North Carolina USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Michael (Alexander) Agelasto,   b. 10 Mar 1869, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1949, Norfolk, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. Alexander Alexander [Michael] (Alexander) Agelasto, Jr.,   b. 14 Nov 1870, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1947, Alexandria, Virginia USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    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
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2011 
    Family ID F64  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Sep 1833 - Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 02 Feb 1866 - Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 01 Dec 1906 - 54 York St., Norfolk, Virginia USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 02 Dec 1906 - Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Alexander Michel Agelasto
    Alexander Michel Agelasto
    2543 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
    2543 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Home of AM Agelasto (photo 1986; more photos)

    Documents
    Alexander Michel Agelasto Passport Application
    Alexander Michel Agelasto Passport Application
    Alexander Michael Agelasto Naturalization Papers 1875
    Alexander Michael Agelasto Naturalization Papers 1875
    Alexander Michael Agelasto (US Tax Assessment 1862 - New York )
    Alexander Michael Agelasto (US Tax Assessment 1862 - New York )
    Alex Agelasto's first trip to the USA
    Alex Agelasto's first trip to the USA
    Niagra manifest of 29 Mar 1958
    AM Agelasto obituary and probate
    AM Agelasto obituary and probate
    Alexander Michael Mavrogordato Last Will and Testament
    Alexander Michael Mavrogordato Last Will and Testament
    The will of Alexander Michael Mavrogordato, recorded and archived on Syros, mentions his wife's brother Petros Ralli, five of six daughters (excluding Hypatia), his son Michael and two sons-in-law, Alexander M. Agelasto and Paul Tzolas. Source: Dying on Syros in the 19th Century: Testimony of the Wills
    Alexander Michel Agelasto Passport Application
    Alexander Michel Agelasto Passport Application
    (reverse)
    Notary Public statement
    Notary Public statement
    attesting to the citizenship of A. M. Agelasto, 16 Apr 1875
    Dixie Manufacturing Co., 1906
    Dixie Manufacturing Co., 1906
    A.M. Agelasto president, P.A. Agelasto treasurer; reported in Textile World Record, 1906, v 31, p 184
    Interment Certificate - Norfolk Elmwood Cemetery
    Interment Certificate - Norfolk Elmwood Cemetery
    Alexander M. Agelasto
    Biography of A.M. Agelasto
    Biography of A.M. Agelasto
    from William H. Stewart, History of Norfolk County, 1902, pp 531-532.
    Building Permit for Home on York Street - Norfolk, Virginia
    Building Permit for Home on York Street - Norfolk, Virginia
    The American Architect and Building News, 26 Dec 1885; 18, 522.
    The name Cap claimed for Setter dog puppy
    The name Cap claimed for Setter dog puppy
    "Kennel Notes," Forest and Stream" 20 Jan 1881, 15, n 25, p 496.
    Alexander Michael Agelasto - Naturalization Application
    Alexander Michael Agelasto - Naturalization Application
    New Orleans, LA, 30 May 1872
    Alex Agelasto Civil-War Draft Jun 1863
    Alex Agelasto Civil-War Draft Jun 1863
    Mr. Agelasto on passenger list, Marseille to Bombay, 1869
    Mr. Agelasto on passenger list, Marseille to Bombay, 1869
    Allen's Indian Mail, 21 Jul 1869, p. 694
    Card index for Alexander Michel Agelasto naturalization
    Card index for Alexander Michel Agelasto naturalization
    New Orleans, Louisiana, 31 March 1874

    Headstones
    Alexander Michael Agelasto (1833-1906), Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA
    Alexander Michael Agelasto (1833-1906), 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 84.

    2. [S38] Greek State Archives (Athens).
      #1165 Voter list, Syros, 1 Mar 1869.

    3. [S107] UK National Probate Calendar Indexes, 1858-1966, 1973-1995.

    4. [S60] The Greek Community of New York City, Michael Contopoulos, (New Rochelle, NY: A.D. Caratzas, 1992, ISBN 0-89241-518-5), 38.

    5. [S88] Chiot Emigrants, Demetrios Melachrinoudis, (unpublished research 2009).
      The firm Negroponte & Agelasto was registered in New York in 1861, as was Agelasto & Co in 1868.

    6. [S39] Greek State Archives (Syros).
      Registry of Oaths of Alliegance


  

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