An Ypsilantis in Ypsilanti

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Ypsilanti Gleanings
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Author: Michael Gute

The Ypsilanti Historical Society had the honor of receiving Dr. Tena Ipsilantis Katsaounis and her parents, the Ypsilantises. Yes, you read that correctly. Tena’s father, Haralambos Ypsilantis, is a descendant of the Ypsilantis Family from Greece. He and his wife were in the United States visiting Tena, who resides in Ohio.

In 1825, Judge A. B. Woodward donated a large area of land used to form the Original Plat of Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was Woodward, who named Ypsilanti in honor of celebrated Greek General, Demetrius Ypsilantis.

During their visit the Ypsilantis family visited the YHS Archives and spent considerable time reviewing documents in our family files. Many of the documents they reviewed were Ypsilantis family-related documents that they had never seen. After the family left, Kelly Beattie our archive intern, spent several hours copying documents and then mailed them to the family in Ohio. Haralambos will return to Greece with a little more family history, and the experience of visiting the city that boasts his famous family’s name. The world is not so big, after all.

(Michael Gute is enrolled in the Graduate Program in Historical Preservation at Eastern Michigan University and is serving an internship at the YHS Museum.)


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Photo 1: Haralambos Ypsilantis is a member of the Ypsilantis Family from Greece and a descendant of Demetrius Ypsilantis, the individual that the City of Ypsilanti is named after.