George Zolotas: History of Chios (Athens: Sakellarios, 1928)


Chapter:            The Chios families  (pp. 262 – 264)


Agelasto:  very old Chios family of Byzantine origin, first mentioned in the treaty with Simone Vignoso (s. Convenzioni di Scio, C. Pagano p.263) in which Georgios Agelasto (syndicus et procuratore) had participated, along with several other noble Chiotes.

Outside the island of Chios we find still older Agelasto´s:


- Basileios Agelasto, notary of the sea tribunal (1)

- Leon Agelasto, “protospatharios” under the reign of Michael, son of Theophil (s. Const. Porphyrogénète, III,  p.223).

After that, it is only in the 16th Century that we find Agelasto´s settled in Serba (Campos), together with Castamonites (2), “near the rill and Saint Matrona” , a church that has vanished since a long time (3) (s. p. 9 in Codex of St. George Sykoussis, 1518).

The Agelasto had also settled near the village of Koiní, where there are to this day places named after them.


1636 – 1733 ●Tryphon (Missé Tryphos) Agelastos (s. Codex of Nea Moni, p. 203)


Chatzi Zannis Agelasto (Codex of Ag. Anargyri, 1739)


Michael Agelasto (Codex Lat. Episk.[?], 1746)


Nicolaos Agelasto and his wife Keroula, [as well as] ●(Missé) Pantelís Agelastos and his wife Maria had paid money to the Moundon monastery in order to have their names, along with Ioannis´ [Agelasto] name, included in the Friday evening and Saturday morning memorial sermons (Codex of the Moundon Monastery, about 1746).


Pantelís Agelasto, mentioned in Smyrni as Chatzi Pantelís (documents of the Evangelical School of Smyrni 1743 and 1764). His son was ●“Missé Demetrios Agelasto, son of Pantelís”, who is mentioned in the Lazaretto Codex (1787), as well as in the documents of Lorenzo Schilizzi (1810).


●(Missé) Zannís Agelasto (Lazaretto Codex,1787)


Nicorozís Agelasto (documents of the Evangelical School of Smyrni,1764), worked in Smyrni as a merchant.


Michael Agelasto (documents of Lorenzo Schilizzi, end of 18th cent.)


Stephanos Agelasto (same documents, same time as above)


●(Missé) Stamatis Agelasto (or Psomas), mentioned also simply as “Stamatis Psomas(Lazaretto Codex,1787)


Zannís Psomas (Agelasto) (Lazaretto Codex,1787)


Cozís (or Constantinos) Agelasto, born 1791 in Chios, died 1865 in Constantinople. His grave at St. Stephan church in Constantinople is mentioned in G. Georgiadis´ book (4).

Stephanos Agelasto, son of Michael A. (Georgiadis: 1781)




Demetrios Agelasto, [obviously] the same person as above mentioned in the documents of Lorenzo Schilizzi (1816 in Smyrni).


Michael Agelasto (1826 in Constantinople) and his son ●Emmanuel A. (s. Georgiadis).

Emmanuel´s wife was Ypatia, who died 1870 (s. Georgiadis).


Constantinos Agelasto, (1802 – 1882, died in Constantinople -s. Georgiadis- , the same is mentioned ibid. in 1840). His wife was Angerou (1812 – 1896) and his son was ●Augustís (C.) Agelasto (s. Georgiadis: 1852)


Leonís Agelasto, in Constantinople (s. Georgiadis: 1814 and 1819).


Stamatios Agelasto, in Constantinople 1863, died 1892 (Georgiadis). His wife was Ypatia (ibid. 1862), his father was ●Menelaos Agelasto and another relative of his was Aikaterine (St.) Agelasto (ibid. 1834 - 1875).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


In Georgiadis´ book there is mention of following commercial enterprises: 

Cozís Agelasto & Co.

Agelasto & Casanova

Stam. (N.) Agelasto

Paul (L.) Agelasto

Augustís (C.) Agelasto

Stam. (M.) Agelasto

Agelasto & Vouro


In Chios lived until the end of the 19th Century two old women: Franca Agelasto and Katerní [Agelasto], of the Schilizzi family.

There was still another woman, Angelica Agelasto, married to Eugenides.


In the middle of the 19th Century lived in Chios Missé Pavlís Agelastos (commonly named Psomas), who possessed a magnificent estate with tower in Ghiazou. His wife was Batoliá of the Mavrogordato family (Vitella branch) and his children were Lukas, Stamatios, Eustratios and Loula. After the death of both her parents, who were buried at Panaghia in Cocoroviliá, most of the property was willed to Loula, who married later Augustís Agelasto, to whom she was not related, as he belonged to the [Agelasto] branch living at Saint Tryphon (Thymiana), an old Agelasto domicile. There were no children from this marriage, but Augustís got two female children from a second marriage. Both these children died very young, so that the parental property passed through to other side relatives.


To the Saint Tryphon branch belonged:

M. [Michael] Agelasto

Aug. (C.) Agelasto

Ioannis (M.) Agelasto and

Steph. (A.) Agelasto

who, in the past, lived in London and whose descendants live now in England, in Athens and elsewhere.


The surname [Agelasto] has also been preserved in the villages of Kalamotí and Koiní, where there are places still named “Agelastos”.


In Bibl. Thrake, Dracos, p. 71 [??] there is mention of Anastasios Agelasto Metrinós.


(1) In Argenti´s translation: notaire du Tribunal de la mer

(2) Greeks from the district of Castamoné in the Black Sea region (the ancient Greek settlement of Paphlagonia), now called Kastamonu.

(3) at the place where, to this day, the Agelasto family church “Saint Tryphon” still stands.

(4) This is obviously the book referenced also by Argenti : George P. Georgiadis “The St. Ioannis Church of the Chiots in Galata”, Constantinople, 1898


Translated by George Agelasto