I am interested in finding out about the Sakaris family that fled from 'Saggario' in Asia Minor as a result of the Turkish/Greek war to Kastellorizo. That is basically all that I know.
Any information that anyone can provide about Stephanos Sakaris, his wife Katerena and five children (Christina, Themistocles, Sophia - my grandmother, Thespina and Phillip) I would greatly appreciate it.
The Kassie Genealogy website has reference to Themistocles but no one else.
Post by Administrator on Nov 5, 2015 11:03:16 GMT 10
I have quite a bit of info on the Sakaris family which I always understood originated from Kalamaki - where did you find the reference to 'Saggario'? I am not aware of such a town in Asia Minor. In fact, my understanding of the surname is that it originates from the Turkish word 'sakar' which means 'unlucky'. But I may be wrong!
I do know from records I have seen that Stefanos and his wife Aikaterini (nee Topari) (Stefanos' parents were Philippos & Sophia (nee Epismataki)) married in Kalamaki at around the turn of the century. They settled on Castellorizo with their young children in around 1914 when the first exodus began.
Your grandmother Sophia married Kostas Koufos in 1923 on the island - I can send you a copy of their dowry contract if you don't have it. It provides for a gift of land in Kalamaki (sadly, there was still a hope at that stage that they would return). Kostas is described as a sailor by occupation.
Of the other siblings, there are municipal records for the marriages of Despina in 1933 (to Mihail K Amygdalos) and Themistokles (to Mihalakena K. Taliantzi - another Kalamaki family - in 1936).
Finally, there is a death entry for Stefanos himself who passed away on 27 July 1937 at the age of 67. His occupation is described as 'farmer'.
I hope this material is off assistance to you - if you have any photos of the Sakaris family either in Anatolia or on the island, I would love to see them!
Post by Administrator on Nov 9, 2015 13:28:57 GMT 10
As a further bit of info for you, the youngest sibling, Philip (Filipos), died on 1 March 1963 (aged 74), while his wife, Aikaterini, died on 12 August 1974 (aged 74). Both are buried at Botany Cemetery in Sydney.