Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

My wife's ancestors - Maltass - Contents


Dr. Charles Wood,
NOT Hood.
He was sent out to Smyrna by the Duke of Richmond to practice at the hospital.
This must be the 5th Duke of Richmond, who had the title from 1819 to 1860, and who was prominent in the military.
He is listed as of Constantinople at mar.
He mar 30 May 1839 to Eugenie Maltass [born 6 October 1811].
She inherited what is now called The Steinbüchel House in Bornova.
They had issue:

  1. Lucy Wood.
    She mar ----.
    Lived in the house now called The Steinbüchel House in Bornova, with her sister Hortense.
    It was called the Wood-Paterson House (perhaps her husband was Paterson).
    She had issue, grandmother of:

    1. Mrs. Renée Steinbüchel.

  2. Hortense Wood,
    maybe born c.1850.
    She did not marry.
    She lived in The Steinbüchel House in Bornova, with her sister Lucy.
    [Kalcas, 1983] says she was a great feminist, a poetess, composer and gifted painter, who had taken piano lessons from Franz Liszt.

    Hortense was an admirer of Kemal Ataturk and wrote to congratulate him on his successes. (See Historical background.)
    "In Sept 1922, on his arrival in Smyrna as General-in-Chief of the Turkish army, Ataturk enquired where Hortense Wood lived. .. The Wood house, which has changed little since those days, was then taken over as Ataturk's Headquarters. Though all his staff could not be accommodated there, Ataturk occupied the room of a son, Ernest, while Ismet Pasa and others were stationed in neighbouring houses. .. The house was the scene of many staff meetings, and Ataturk often played chess with a nephew, Fernand De Cramer. The General vouched for the safety of this house for all heirs in perpetuity." [Kalcas, 1983].

    Be that as it may, despite the Woods' admiration for him, and despite his own secular and westernising reforms later, the arrival of Ataturk's Turkish army signalled the slaughter of the Greeks and Armenians, the almost total destruction of Smyrna, and effectively the end of its history as a cosmopolitan western city. See Historical background.

  3. (dau) Wood.
    She mar Norbert De Cramer ["grand-uncle of Renée Steinbüchel"] and had issue.

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