I'm doing research on my wife's tree, but I have very little oral history apart from the fact that her family came from Castellorizo. Her grandfather, George Salakas emigrated to the US in 1917. His marriage certificate indicates his parents were Dimitrios Salakas and Helena Diamantaris.
I'd be interested in any Salakas documents from Castellorizo, if they exist!
Post by Administrator on Aug 5, 2010 17:34:15 GMT 10
The marriage I have referred to took place on 5 July 1925 and there survives in the registry in Rhodes the original dowry contract.
The groom, Diamantaris, George's younger brother, is described in the dowry contract as a shoemaker. His bride, Panagiota Stavrou Pantazi, received by way of dowry a house on the island that comprised part of her mother's dowry (from 1894), and her brother, Kyriakos, paid to the groom 120 English pounds plus a further 30 by way of promissory note that matured in two years.
As was typical, the dowry also comprised jewellery (including 'an Australian bracelet'!) and the traditional clothing, mattresses, furniture and copperware. The witnesses to the marriage were Vlasios Antonas and Mihail Mihalakis.
Yes initially I was thinking the same thing but the dates do not work out. When Diamond died in 1989 in Sydney his age was given as 82, making him born c 1907. His wife's age also works back to being born C 1914. A marriage of 1925 rules them out. Diamond most likely is a first cousin (and also named after the grandfather), although I do not think the surname is widespread, based on family data to hand and the few wedding dowry contracts for that surname.
Hopefully additional details will come to hand with regards your inquiry.
Diamond was my grandfathers cousin Nicholas Salakas. Diamond had another brother Stephen. And I know that they were related to Antonas. My grandfather said he was an only child but that may have ment an only son. Diamond and Stephen had another brother George that didn't come to Australia. Yes they where known as diamond and Anna.