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Georges (Menander) Zizinia[1, 2]

Male Abt 1790 - 1868  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name Georges (Menander) Zizinia 
    Born Abt Sep 1790  Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His death certificate indicates he was born about 1788. The year 1790 is suggested by the age given when he witnessed the birth of Dimitrios Zizinia, the year 1791 by the 1841 Marseille census, and 1793 given as witness to the marriage of Angélique Erato (Georges) Zizinia. Strudza mistakes his wife's DOB for his own. [3]
    • Month and year indicated in his French naturalization.
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Mar 1868  boulevard Dugommier 5, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Ship owner. Grand Officer of the Order of The Saviour. Greek consul in Marseilles from 1836 until his death. He and brother Stephanos founded Zizinia & Co in Marseilles in 1822. Ambitious schemes during Suez Canal construction led the company to be bankrupted by the Egyptian State in 1876. (Christopher Long)
    • Addresses Marseille, France--primary residence: 1841-1868, boulevard Dugommier 5; primary office: 1850-1862, rue Thubaneau 58 [given in the city directory for 'Zizinia, cousul of Grèce,' and 'frères Zizinia, négociants']; other: 1823, troisieme calade 31; 1825, ile des allees; 1827, allees de Meilhan 96; 1828, rue Thubaneau 33; 1834, boulevard du Musee 13; 1849, ile des allees 30.
    • He was a witness at the wedding of Cleopatre (Georges) Zizinia, his niece, and Theodore (Emmanuel) Rodocanachi.
    • He was a signatory witness to the birth of his grand-daughter Fanny (Theodore) Rodocanachi.
    • He declared the birth of Virginie (Ambrose) Sechiari, given her father's absence.
    • G.M. Zizinia was in partnership with G.D. Zizinia, Paul Zizinia and Stamaty Zizinia, as Zizinia Brothers, at Marseille, Odessa, London and Liverpool until it was dissolved 1 Jul 1862(London Gazette 16 Sep 1862).
    • He was a signatory witness to the birth of his nephew-by-marriage, Dimitrios (Georges) Zizinia.
    • Occupation: merchant
    • The 1841 Marseille census says the Zizinia household at 5 Boulevard du Gourmier consisted of Georges, merchant, 50; wife Elisabeth, 37; Penelope, 16; Cleopatre, 15; Adelaide, 13; Menandre, 12; and 4 domestic servants.
    • The 1856 Marseille census says the household at 5 Boulevard du Gourmier included: Georges Zizinia, consul, 58; wife Isabelle Gallati, 40; daughter Cleopatre, 29; her husband Theodore Rodeocanachi, 39, and their children Fanny, 5, and Elizabeth, 3; daugher Aglae, 27, her husband Nicolas Dromocaitti, 37 and their daughter Angelique, 5.
    • Georges Zizinia, 67, consul general of Greece, boulevard Dugommier 5, was a signatory witness to the marriage of Michel Parembli and Aspasia Dromacaiti, 4 Jun 1857.
    • He was a witness at the marriage of Demetrius Petrocochino & Cleopatra Penelope Galatti.
    • He was a signatory witness to the 4 May 1833 Marseille marriage of his cousin George (Demetrius) Zizinia and Batou (Thomas) Galatti.
    • He was an official witness to a Zizinia family stillbirth.
    • George M. Zizinia was among the twenty-one founding members of the Greek church, Marseille, in 1836, a group which also included Paraschewa Sechiari, Emmanuel Rodocanachi, Andre Argenti, George D. Zizinia, Michel Dromocaiti, Michel Petrocochino [probably Michel Dimitrios Petrocochino, rather than Michel Andre Petrocochino], Michel Agelasto, Jean Baltazzi, George Petrocochino and George Grimanelli (Echinard). In 1834 Georgios Tzitzinias through Zizinia Bros. financially supported the building of the Greek Orthodox church on the rue de la grande-Armée, Marseille. In 1830 Georgios Tzitzinias was elected a curator of the Greek Orthodox church on the rue de la grande-Armée, Marseille. [4]
    • French naturalization (see particulars) [5]
    • He arrived Marseille in 1820, one of three men primarily responsible for the building of the orthodox Greek church (along with Emmanuel P. Rodocanachi [Emmanuel (Paul) Rodocanachi or Emmanuel (Pandely) Rodocanachi], and Michel D. Petrocochino [more likely Michael (Dimitrios) Petrocochino rather than Michael (Dimitrios) Petrocochino); as Greek Consul he was involved in the establishment of the Greek hospital. [6]
    • He was a signatory witness to the 1861 marriage of Constantine Negroponte and Angelique Zizinia.
    • In Marseilles the issue of Greek independence saw a division between the "‘patriots’ who, following the Orthodox priest unambiguously supported the Revolution, and the ‘realists’ composed of most of the leading traders took a more cautious stand because of their economic interests. Such a division reached its peak in 1825, when the Orthodox priest publicly excommunicated the trader George Zizinia; ruling at this time one of the most flourishing Greek commercial houses of Marseilles, he was accused of having betrayed the “national cause” by agreeing to commission warships for the Egyptian bey, at this time an ally of the Ottoman sultan. After a trial of strength between the priest and Zizinia, the latter finally, and unexpectedly won the confrontation, obtaining the priest’s resignation and his own total reestablishment." [7]
    • His nomination as Greek consul in Marseilles was controversial. [8]
    Person ID I36  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2014 

    Father Menander (Stephanos) Zizinia,   b. 1768,   d. 1822  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Angerou (George) Ralli,   b. 1770 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Zambelou (Toumazis) Galati,   b. 01 May 1803, Chios, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1884, boulevard Dugommier 5, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Penelope (Georges) Zizinia,   b. 21 Jun 1823, rue troisieme calade 31, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1889, boulevard Dugommier 5, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +2. Cleopatre (Georges) Zizinia,   b. 06 Aug 1825, Ile des allees 24, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1891, allées des Capucines 14, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +3. Aglaïa (Georges) Zizinia,   b. 10 May 1827, allées de Meilhan 96, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Oct 1883, rue Thubanau 58, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     4. Menandre (Georges) Zizinia,   b. 18 Aug 1828, rue Thubanau 33, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1852, boulevard Dugommier 5, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2007 
    Family ID F59  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt Sep 1790 - Chios, Greece Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Mar 1868 - boulevard Dugommier 5, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Marseille residences
    Marseille address
    The 1850 & 1855 Marseille city directory gives Rue Thubaneau 58 for 'Zizinia, cousul of Grèce,' and 'frères Zizinia, négociants.' This may have been both an office and residence.
    Marseille residences
    Marseille residences
    In 1828 George M Zizinia may have lived and/or worked at 33 Thubaneau Street.
    rue Dieude 31, Marseille, France
    rue Dieude 31, Marseille, France
    rue Dieude was previously named rue Troisieme Calade; photo 2009
    rue Dieude 31, Marseille, France
    rue Dieude 31, Marseille, France
    1823 residence; photo 2009
    boulevard du Musee 7-15, Marseille, France
    boulevard du Musee 7-15, Marseille, France
    Georges M Zizinia used the address 'boulevard du Musee 13' in 1834; 2009 photo of the space between nos. 7 and 15.
    Boulevard d’Athènes 5-9, Marseille, France
    Boulevard d’Athènes 5-9, Marseille, France
    The street known today as Boulevard d’Athènes has had previous names including Boulevard Dugommier. The extended George Menander Zizinia family lived at boulevard Dugommier 5, 1841-1868, including his wife Zambelou and four children Penelope (her husband Ambrose P. Sechiari, and children Arghyro, Paraskeva, Zambelou & Virginie), Cleopatra (her husband, Theodore E. Rodocanachi and their children, Fanny and Zambelou, and his brother Paul E.), Aglaia (her husband Nicolas M. Dromocaitis and daughter Angelique) and Meandre, who died there in 1852.
    Boulevard d’Athènes 5-9, Marseille, France
    Boulevard d’Athènes 5-9, Marseille, France
    The building that most likely replaces Boulevard Dugommier 5; photos 2009
    allées Léon Gambetta 30, Marseille, France
    allées Léon Gambetta 30, Marseille, France
    Georges M Zizinia used the address 'ile des allees 30' in 1849. It was likely an office; photo 2009; see note on street numbering.
    allées Léon Gambetta 34-32-30-28, Marseille, France
    allées Léon Gambetta 34-32-30-28, Marseille, France
    Even numbers stop at 40. Georges M. and Zambelou Zizinia lived at 'alles de Meihan 96,' where their daughter Aglaïa was born in 1826; photo 2009; see note on street numbering.

    Documents
    Georges (Menander) Zizinia death certificate
    Georges (Menander) Zizinia death certificate
    Georges Zizinia French naturalization
    Georges Zizinia French naturalization
    Source: BAS NET searchable database

  • Sources 
    1. [S36] 1862 French Commercial Directory [Annuaire-Almanche du commerce...Didot-Bottin], (Paris, 1862, v2), 1643, 1862.
      Bouches-du-Rhone (Ville de Marseille) - Merchants/agents: Zizinia freres, r. Thubaneau, 58

    2. [S38] Grecs et Philhellènes à Marseille, Pierre Echinard, (Marseille: l'Institut Historique de Provence, 1973), 284.

    3. [S17] Sturdza, Dictionnaire Historique Genealogique ... Grece, Sturdza, Mihail-Dimitri, (self, Paris, 1983), 126.

    4. [S91] La Frabrique Communautaire, Mathieu Grenet, ([thesis] European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization, 2010), 267, footnote 99; 277; 278, also footnote 145.

    5. [S87] Les Grecs a Marseille: Minorité ethnique ou nation en diaspora?, Michel Calapodis, (Paris, L’Harmattan. 2012), ISBN : 978-2-296-56823-5., 150.

    6. [S59] LA COMMUNAUTÉ GRECQUE À MARSEILLE, Michel Calapodis, (Paris:L'Harmattan (link)), 182; 144; also cited 226, 227.

    7. [S90] "Citizens Abroad", Mathieu Grenet, (Inter-Cultural Studies (2007), v. 7, pp. 39-52.), 45.

    8. [S90] "Citizens Abroad", Mathieu Grenet, (Inter-Cultural Studies (2007), v. 7, pp. 39-52.), 47.


  

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