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The purpose of this page is to provide a reference to the registers and cemetery surveys to assist descendants and researchers.

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Buca Anglican | Bornova Anglican | Alsancak Dutch | Paşaköprü | Haidarpaşa (Ist.) | Kemer Catholic

The Kemer (Caravan Bridge) Catholic cemetery was one a group of neighbouring cemeteries all destroyed by the Municipality that wished for the unimpeded growth of the city in the 1970s and 80s. The other cemeteries included, and all destroyed before the Catholic one, were the Armenian, German Protestant, Austrian, Dutch and Anglican, of which no written records survive. In his foresight Mr Livio Missir conducted a survey of the Latin Catholic cemetery, complete with a small plan and detailed history outlined in a 122 page report in French published in the scholarly Greek Journal of “Mikrasiatika Chronika”, published in 1972, Athens. Click to view a segment here: - click to view tombstones possibly from this cemetery, displayed in Uşak Musuem.

image courtesy of Evren Ünlü
image courtesy of Evren Ünlü
The tombstone of Frederick Offley, now resting at the Izmir Archaeological Musueum in Izmir, from a former cemetery, possibly the Kemer Anglican one (not listed in the Catholic one of that region). Frederick Offley was the son of David Offley (1779-1838) merchant and the first US Consul of Smyrna and Elena Curtovitch (his second wife). David Offley in turn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 8 Sep 1779 to Daniel Offley and Judith Scull. David married Mary Ann Greer and had 5 children. David married Elena Curtovitch and had 8 children. He passed away on 4 Oct 1838 in Smyrna, Turkey - information derived from Ancestry.com. The bilingual tombstone suggests the mother was a native Greek speaker. Further information on the life and times of David Offley gleaned from his letters:
Other Curtovic/Curtoviches are attested in Smyrna: Stefano Curtovich appears in a 1787 list of Smyrna merchants on p. 25 of Elena Frangakis-Syrett’s book on Smyrna and Caterina Curtovich of Smyrna married Demetrios Mavrogordatos of Smyrna ca. 1805 and had several children. Caterina and Elena Curtovich are of the same generation and could be sisters.