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 Jasper “Gasparis” Abbott

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Jasper “Gasparis” Abbott

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death
24 Aug 1723 (aged 67)
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Burial
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Plot
Located on the cemetery's east wall, on the so-called "Monument Row".
Memorial ID
146330386 View Source

Parish records show that Jasper Abbott was born Dec. 22, 1655 in London to parents Robert and Bethia, and baptized 5 days later on Dec. 27 at St. Michael Cornhill. Although the inscription on his tombstone indicates that he died in 1723 at the age of 72 years, which would indicate that he was born about 1650, the parish record of his birth is probably more accurate, as it is not known when, nor by whom the tombstone was erected.

He became a merchant of London, but later relocated to Istanbul, Turkey. He was probably buried originally in Istanbul's famous City of the Dead (Grand Champs des Morts), which no longer exists, and then moved between 1858 and 1862 to the English section of the Feriköy Cemetery. The historian Hyde Clarke (1862) writes that, "the first Abbott [in Turkey] . . . was a merchant in Smyrna for twenty years, from about 1660 to 1680, and was then a merchant in Constantinople for the other twenty years, there dying, and lies buried in the English cemetery at Feri-keui . . . where his tomb may still be seen in good order . . . his tomb emblazoned with a coat of arms and records his pedigree, in as much dignity as Latin can give." (see "History of the British Colony at Smyrna" presented by Hyde Clarke in 1862)

There is a tombstone in the same part of the cemetery for a George Abbott, who is probably Jasper's grandson.

Parish records show that Jasper Abbott was born Dec. 22, 1655 in London to parents Robert and Bethia, and baptized 5 days later on Dec. 27 at St. Michael Cornhill. Although the inscription on his tombstone indicates that he died in 1723 at the age of 72 years, which would indicate that he was born about 1650, the parish record of his birth is probably more accurate, as it is not known when, nor by whom the tombstone was erected.

He became a merchant of London, but later relocated to Istanbul, Turkey. He was probably buried originally in Istanbul's famous City of the Dead (Grand Champs des Morts), which no longer exists, and then moved between 1858 and 1862 to the English section of the Feriköy Cemetery. The historian Hyde Clarke (1862) writes that, "the first Abbott [in Turkey] . . . was a merchant in Smyrna for twenty years, from about 1660 to 1680, and was then a merchant in Constantinople for the other twenty years, there dying, and lies buried in the English cemetery at Feri-keui . . . where his tomb may still be seen in good order . . . his tomb emblazoned with a coat of arms and records his pedigree, in as much dignity as Latin can give." (see "History of the British Colony at Smyrna" presented by Hyde Clarke in 1862)

There is a tombstone in the same part of the cemetery for a George Abbott, who is probably Jasper's grandson.


Inscription

MEMORIAE SACR. M (In Sacred Memory)
GASPARIS ABBOTT (Jasper Abbott)
MERCATORIS ANGLI (English Merchant)
QVI (who)
Smyrnae circiter triginta (Smyrna about thirty)
Galatae circiter viginti (Galata [in Constantinople] about twenty)
probe et honeste peractis (honestly and honorably concluded)
annis (years)
ex misera hac et mortali (out of this misery and mortality)
in immortalem et jaustiorem (to immortality and justice)
FELICITER EMIGRAVIT VITAM (Successfully Departed His Life)
XXIV AVGVSTI A.D. MDCCXXIII (24 August A.D. 1723)
AETATIS SVAE (At the age of)
LXXII (72)


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  • Created by: Mike Clark
  • Added: 11 May 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 146330386
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/146330386/jasper-abbott: accessed ), memorial page for Jasper “Gasparis” Abbott (22 Dec 1655–24 Aug 1723), Find a Grave Memorial ID 146330386, citing Latin Catholic Cemetery, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey; Maintained by Mike Clark (contributor 47478488).