This family from Kastellorizo I do not know very much about at all as Evanghelia Dekaristou died in 1930 when her daughters were only 10 and 8 years old.
All I know is that Evanghelia's sister had two sons - one was Paul Kantilaftos who lived in Marseilles in France and the other was John Kantilaftos who came out to Australia.
Pavlos DEKARISTOS and Evdokia TALIANA had the following children:
i. Despina DEKARISTOU, born about 1886.
ii. Paraskevas DEKARISTOU was born about 1887.
iii. Evanghelia DEKARISTOU, born about 1888, Castellorizo, Greece; married Michalis PALDIRIS, about 1918, Castellorizo, Greece; Evanghelia died on 1 May 1930, Castellorizo, Greece.
The eldest daughter , Despina DEKARISTOU (Pavlos-1) was born about 1886 and married Kiriakos KANTILAFTOS (son of ?? )
Despina DEKARISTOU and Kiriakos KANTILAFTOS had the following children:
i. Yanni (John Kantilaftos) KANTILAFTOS. ii. Pavlos KANTILAFTOS was born. Married in Marseilles, France
Yanni (John Kantilaftos) KANTILAFTOS married Despina KARADONIS and had the following children:
i. Kiriakos KANTILAFTAS ii. Evdokia KANTILAFTOS iii. Katina KANTILAFTOS
John lived in Adelaide.
Anastasia Kantilaftis ( an aunt of John, sister to Kiriakos, owned the photo of the wedding in Castellorizo with Evanghelia Dekaristou and daughter Maria). Perhaps some of this family are in that photo.
Post by Administrator on Jul 19, 2007 16:56:46 GMT 10
I can add a little to your current information on this one.
In 1923, Ioannis & Pavlos gave their house in the Ayios Nikolaos area and their land (in the Mandraki) to their aunt Evangelia by way of "repayment for her care and upbringing" of them and by virtue of the fact that they did not have a sister. Evangelia was living in the house at the time and I understand that she resided there with her husband Michalis until her death in 1930.
In 1936, Michalis sold the block of land in the Mandraki to the municipality.
This information is derived from a copy of a dilosis dated 29 January 1923 that I have in my possession, which appends two letters written by Pavlos from Marseilles in late 1922. There is an annotation from 1936 about the transfer of the land to the municipality.
Let me know if you would like any further details or if you would like to see copies of the documents.
Thank you for finding this information - this is most interesting. I would very much appreciate seeing a copy of the documents if that is possible. I'm sure the family will be very interested to learn more about the house and land. I think we had always thought it was rented rather than owned by any of the family.
Michalis had a small kafeneion I believe in the Mandraki area at some time... certainly during the earthquake in 1926, as that was when Eva remembers the church tower coming down and she received a cut on the head.
Michalis and Evanghelia also farmed from a little stone cottage on Avlonya - Evanghelia used to collect salt from the rocks on the other side of the island. I think they lived in the cottage for part of the year. I don't know whether the records mention what the arrangement was with that land.
Many thanks for taking the time to check this information . It is very much appreciated.
Post by despinamoschou on Jan 26, 2012 0:47:20 GMT 10
Hi, My name is Despina Moschou, nee Kantilaftas, I am the granddaughter of John Kantilaftas who married Despina Kratsis (correction to information posted June 15 2007), in 1928 in Kastellorizo. My grandparents came to Australia and lived in Port Pirie where my father Jack (Kiriakos) was born in 1930, when he was three months old they moved to Adelaide.
I would appreciate any information about my grandfathers brother, Pavlos Kantilaftas, or his family who lived in Marseilles, France.
Post by Administrator on Jan 27, 2012 9:14:04 GMT 10
Yes, you are correct about the marriage of Ioannis Kyriakou Kadylaptis (I have taken the spelling directly from the dowry contract - do you have a copy?). His wife was indeed Despina Antoniou Kratsi and they married on the island in 1928.
I am sure millik will correct her post in due course...
If I locate any further information on Ioannis' brother, Pavlos (beyond what I have described above), I will let you know.
By the way, do you have a photo of your grandparents' wedding?
Post by despinamoschou on Feb 23, 2012 20:47:14 GMT 10
I am interested in finding out as much as I can about my family, so any information you have would be appreciated. I wish I had paid more attention when my grandparents told stories about Kastellorizo .
Karadonis - mentioned on June 15 2007, was my great grandmothers maiden name before she married Antoni Kratsi. They had three children, Kosta, Stavro and Despina - (my grandmother who married Ioannis ).
I have also found a Pavlos Kandilaftis on Ancestry.com.au as crew on a ship Name: Pavlos Kandilaftis Age: 49 Birth Year: abt 1900 Port of Departure: Guaymas Ship: Rio Grande Port of Arrival: Kobe Arrival Date: 18 Nov 1949 Ethnicity/Race/Nationality: Greek
Would this date be correct for the birth year.
It may explain why they were in Marseilles if they were sailors or crew... I think there is a reference somewhere to the tiles for the houses in Kastellorizo being stamped with "Marseilles" ?
Post by despinamoschou on Mar 8, 2012 21:39:19 GMT 10
Pavlos was born around 1902, his twin died at birth, my grandfather John was born 5/12/1900. My father remembers Pavlos coming to Australia in 1947, only for a few days and that was the last time he was in touch with the family.
By the way, previously you mentioned Evangelia Dekaristou's daughter Maria, would she happen to be Maria Zounis who lived in Perth??
Hi, My Name is Kyriacos Kandilaftis or Candilaptis and I live in Florida USA I was born in Alexandria Egypt in 1946. My father was Konstantinos Kandilaftis son of Kyriacos and Maria Penglis (My granfather's Kyriacos 2nd wife). He had 4 children with her, my father and 3 daughters Zafiro, Katina and Anastasia. My aunt Zafiro's first husband passed away and she married again Dimitri Passaris and they immigated to Sydney Australia with their 2 sons Agapitos and Lefteris in the 1950s. My aunt Katina married Panayioti Panayotakos in Alexandria but they both passed away very young leaving 2 sons orphans, John and Vassilis Pansyotakos who later in life immigrated to Sydney Australia.My aunt Anastasia passed away very young in her 20's In Alexandria My Grandparents Kyriacos and Maria Kandilaftis both are burried in the Greek Cemetery in Alexandria Egypt My father had 2 stepbrothers John and Pavlos. Johns family lives in Adelaide and I visited all of them in 2012 Cousins Kiriakos Kandilaftis, George and Eva Kostoglou, Katina and Lefteris Xrysoxos and their families. We also visited my wife's cousin Evan and Dr Sofia Georgiou also in Adelaide.
Pavlis passed away in France> His family, his daughter cousin Despina and her family live in Marseille France and Rodos in the summer.
If anyone wants to contact me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your time Kyriacos Candilaptis (legal spelling of my name in my passport)