Stephanos & Pantelis Galatti

Stephanos G. Galatti (1808-1876) and Pantaleon G. Galatti (1809 - 1896) the sons of Zorzis Stephanos and Mimina Galatti were born on the island of Chios. They were born into one of Chios' most prominent families at the time. Stephanos and Pantaleon lived in Chios until the massacre of 1822 when the "Turks made that beautiful island a desolation." The boys along with a younger brother, under the care of their mother, and in company with a few relatives and neighbors, escaped from Chios in a small vessel, after having witenessed from a distance the devastation of Chios, and after having concealed themselves for eleven days in uninhabited districts. Here they suffered from hunger, exposure, and agonizing terror; but were mercifully delivered, though a vast majority of their countrymen fell a sacrifice to the unrelenting barbarity of the Turks.

From Chios they crossed the Aegean Sea and landed near Monemvasia on the southern peninsula of the Peloponnese. They were joined by their father who had not been in Chios at the time of the massacre. Despite difficulties, they succeeded in reaching Malta. Their father remaining behind. In Malta, they had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of the Reverend Daniel Temple the American missionary who secured passage to America for Stephanos and Pantaleon. Stephanos and Pantaleon arrived in America in 1823. Their first cousins Constantine and Pandias Rallis arrived in America in 1824. The four were among the 12 Greek youths brought to America between 1823 - 1831 by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.

Stephanos and Pantaleon both attended the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut and Yale University. Stephanos graduated Yale in 1829 along with first cousin Constantine Ralli; Stephanos graduated Yale in 1830 along with first cousin Pandias Ralli. Upon graduation from Yale Stephanos headed back to Malta along with his cousin Constantine on August 22, 1829 on board the USS Ontario. After graduating Yale in 1830, Panteleon Galatti and Pandias Ralli also returned to Malta.

Both Stephanos and Pantaleon built successful lives.

Stephanos G. Galatti

Also known as Stephen, Stephanos was born May 17, 1808 on the island of Chios and died on August 4, 1876 on the island of Syros. In addition to graduating from the Hopkins School (1825) and Yale University (1829), Stephen G. Galatti earned a law degree from the University of Paris (1833).

Stephanos was as a judge, professor at University of Athens, a merchant, and a member of the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Sauveur. He lived in Paris, Athens and Syros. He married twice and fathered 5 children. After his first wife's death, he married Aspasia Maximo on January 15, 1853 on the island of Syros.

Pantaleon G. Galatti

Pantaleon G. Galatti was born October 25, 1809 on the island of Chios died on December 12, 1896 in Athens. He graduated from the Hopkins School (1826) and Yale University (1830). A highly successful commercial merchant, Pantaleon arrived on the island of Syros where he swore allegiance to the Greek government. In 1839, he married Catherine Negroponte. They lived in Constantinople, Lancashire (England), Marseille (France), Athens and Syros. Pantaleon and Catherine had four daughters.

Pantaleon G. Galatti

He entered the class in 1826. Immediately after graduating in 1830, he left the United States and returned to Malta, where he remained four years, and then moved to Syros, one of the Grecian islands. There he engaged in mercantile business, and in 1839 was married. He has had four children, three of whom are living. He remained in Syros until 1849, and then established himself in the same line of business in Constantinople, which he pursued until 1852, when he made his residence in Marseilles, France, for the next four years. From Marseilles he returned to Constantinople, where he has since resided, engaged in the business of a banker in connection with a partner.

Update 1880:

In 1871 he was in Constantinople, and Mr. Cone being at Lucerne, Switzerland, in that year he gave the class secretary an earnest invitation to visit him there, where he has since resided, until near the close of 1877, when, on account of the Russo-Turkish war, and the wretched state in which Constantinople and its commerce had become reduced, he withdrew from business, left that city, and went to and settled in Athens, Greece, where he has a married daughter, the wife of Mr. Charitachi, a lawyer of the city, with whom he has since resided, and where he expects to spend the rest of his days.

His brother Stephen died in 1876 in Syros, Greece, leaving a numerous family. Ralli, in 1879, wrote that Gallatti had been successful in mercantile business. Of his four daughters (in 1879) one is dead, two married, and one single.

Update 1880:

His health is good. Expresses a great interest in his classmates. He sent his photograph for the class meeting in 1885, which shows the figure and features of a dignified and well-preserved man.

Update 1900:

He retired from business and settled in Athens, where he died on December 12, 1896


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In a letter sent from Constantinople to Yale University dated December 12, 1870 (received on the January 10, 1871) with an enclosed photograph, Pantaleon writes:

Your kind letter, dated 8th November, I received four days ago. It reminded me of the happy days spent in Yale College forty years ago, among so many of my classmates.

I am happy that you still remember me, though separated from your society and country for so many long years. According to your request I send you my photograph.

Allow me to beg you to express to all my classmates my sincere wishes for their welfare, and my hearty thanks to you all for your kind remembrance of a far distant classmate. You will very much oblige me if you send me, at the same time with the book, a view of old Yale College, where we spent so many happy days."




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