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)
●Nicorozís Agelasto (documents of the Evangelical School of Smyrni,1764), worked in Smyrni as a merchant.
●Leonís Agelasto, in Constantinople (s. Georgiadis: 1814 and 1819).
In Georgiadis´ book there is mention of following commercial enterprises:
Cozís Agelasto & Co.
Agelasto & Casanova
Stam. (N.) Agelasto
Paul (L.) Agelasto
Augustís (C.) 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
Ioannis (M.) Agelasto and
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