Families and Households

A total of 242 households were living in Kasap ƒlyas in 1885. This gives usan average household size of 3.82 for the whole mahalle. The average householdsize in Istanbul was 4.1, at the time.6 In the last Ottoman census of 1907 themean household size in Istanbul was 4.2, but only 3.68 in Kasap ƒlyas. The difference between average household size in the capital and in Kasap ƒlyasis far from being negligible and is directly related to the fact that Kasap ƒlyaswas then receiving a nonnegligible number of migrants (see table 4.2). Thedifference in mean size between households headed by Istanbul-born peopleand those headed by migrants is also truly considerable, and will need someexplanation.7 According to the latest Turkish population census of 1990, theaverage household size was 4.9 for the whole of Turkey. It was still equal to 4.1 in the metropolitan area of Istanbul, despite a long-standing fertilitydecline, a radical change in kinship cohabitation trends, and a progressivenucleation of families.8
The largest household in Kasap ƒlyas in 1885 was that headed by retiredarmy general Ahmet Faik Paœa (b. in Istanbul in 1815). His household,
settled in a mansion (konak) at 19 ¥imendifer Street, contained a total of 20family and nonfamily residents. There were also households in Kasap ƒlyascontaining more than 10 permanent residents at the time of the census. The heads of 6 of them had been born in Istanbul. The next largest household wasthat of Nebil bey (b. Istanbul in 1835), who was a high-ranking foreignaffairs bureaucrat. His konak at 5 Samatya Street housed a total of 12 people.
In 1885, only 12 of the 242 Kasap ƒlyas households consisted of solitaries, that is, they were composed of a single person. One of these “solitaries” was Ahmet efendi, the young müezzin of the Kasap ƒlyas mosque.He was living not far from the mosque itself, at 52 Samatya Street in asmall house that belonged to a local vakıf whose trustee was the imam,Ahmet Necati efendi.