1811 - 1890 (78 years)
Has 58 ancestors and 26 descendants in this family tree.
||Richard Jacob van Lennep |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||05 Jul 1811
||18 May 1890
||15 Jan 2013 |
||Adelaïde Charlotte Baptistine Couturier, b. 24 Jun 1815, Smyrna , d. 9 Jun 1898, Smyrna (Age 82 years) |
||14 May 1840
|+||1. Edela Sophie van Lennep, b. 05 Feb 1841, Smyrna , d. 1900 (Age 58 years)|
| ||2. Eulalie Mary Elisabeth van Lennep, b. 24 Nov 1842, Smyrna , d. 09 Apr 1843, Smyrna (Age 0 years)|
| ||3. Richard Jacob Hilarion van Lennep, b. 22 Jan 1844, Smyrna , d. 04 May 1896, Alexandria (Age 52 years)|
| ||4. Laura Emilie van Lennep, b. 18 Apr 1845, Smyrna , d. 10 Jul 1896, Smyrna (Age 51 years)|
|+||5. Grace Sidonie van Lennep, b. 30 Aug 1846, Smyrna , d. Aft 1913 (Age 67 years)|
|+||6. Laura Adelaide Marie van Lennep, b. 16 Dec 1847, Smyrna , d. 06 Dec 1931, Wimbledon (Age 83 years)|
| ||7. Willem Alfred Richard van Lennep, b. 28 Dec 1849, Smyrna , d. 10 Mar 1851, Smyrna (Age 1 years)|
| ||8. Blanche Pauline Marie van Lennep, b. 28 Sep 1851, Smyrna , d. 10 Mar 1851, Smyrna |
| ||9. Charles Henry van Lennep, b. 04 Oct 1852, Smyrna , d. 24 Dec 1852, Smyrna (Age 0 years)|
| ||10. Eulalie Sophie Zoé van Lennep, b. 01 Mar 1855, d. 06 May 1856, Smyrna (Age 1 years)|
| ||11. Lucien Herman Richard van Lennep, b. 13 Jul 1856, Smyrna , d. 24 Mar 1932, Alexandria (Age 75 years)|
| ||12. Edouard Willem Richard van Lennep, b. 29 Jul 1859, Smyrna , d. 27 Feb 1923, Alexandria (Age 63 years)|
| ||13. Willem David Richard van Lennep, b. 11 Nov 1860, Smyrna , d. 23 Jul 1904, Shiraz, Persia (Age 43 years)|
||15 Jan 2013 |
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- Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion, Knight 4th class Order of the Medjidi of Turkey,
Knight 3rd class Order of the Red Eagle of Prussia 1859
- merchant in Smyrna,
Consul of the Netherlands at Smyrna 1855-1890,
administrator Quays Company in Smyrna (operating the 4.5 km new quay),
kidnapped by bandits for ransom in 1851
- had been involved in the liquidation of the firm of his uncle Jacob following the bankruptcy due to the disastrous speculation by his younger brother Gustave Adolphe. After the death of Jacob he decided to start afresh as an independent agent. He requested to be appointed, like his uncle Jacob, as agent for the Nederlandsche Handel- Maatschapij (Dutch Trading Company), a request which was not granted. In 1849 Richard brought some 80 families of farmers from the Alsace to Turkey to clear and develop land in the vicinity of Smyrna. Six years later he reported the plan had failed, mainly owing to the lack of cooperation by the Turkish authorities in assisting him to obtain the necessary facilities. (It does appear a rather hair-brained scheme considering the arbitrariness and lack of consistency in governance and law during those years of the late Ottoman Empire).
Early one July morning in 1851 when Richard was walking with his three young children near his summer house in Sevdikeuy, he suddenly found himself encircled by three well-armed men, who led him to their boss. The boss immediately released the three children but marched Richard off into the mountains where the bargaining concerning the ransom began. The initial demand was 100,000 kurus, an amount Richard said he did not posses. He offered 1,500 kurus, which was of course rejected. After much haggling they agreed on 50,000 kurus. A message was sent both to his wife and to his brother Charles stating this demand. Unfortunately his brother was not at home, so his wife sent the head gardener with 15,000 kurus, this being all she had in the house. The head bandit was furious and threatened to torture and even kill Richard if the outstanding sum were not delivered by sunset. After a tense few hours the outstanding 35,000 kurus were delivered and Richard released.
Upon his return he asked his uncle Jacob to approach the Ottoman authorities about havig this ransom money returned as he had been assured that Anatolia was free of any such bandits. Needless to say the money was not refunded; however, he did receive a gold snuff box inlaid with diamonds and with the initials of the sultan engraved on its lid.
In 1848 Richard's four brothers, Charles David, Augustus Oscar, Edouard Willem and David, opened a trading agency under the name Van Lennep & Co., with Charles David as manager. All four of them had from their youth been active in trade in the Levant and all spoke the languages spoken in Anatolia and Rumelia (Bulgaria). They offered their services to the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij (NHM) and already had their first order for a shipment of opium to the United States that very first year. In March of 1853 they notified the NHM that they had taken over the licence for the sale of emery (aka corundum, Al2 O3, an abrasive) from the Turkish-Greek monopoly of the emery mines. They acquired this licence from Charles father-in-law, Mr. Abbott .
Augustus Oscar and David emigrated to the United States in 1855.
Source: J.Schmidt, From Anatolia to Indonesia, Opium trade and the Dutch Community of Izmir 1820-1940 (Istanbul 1998)