Albert Azon Jacometti (*1826) & Maria Beth (*1834)

The companies of the Jacometti family
Theodorus, Albert, and others, 1832-1864

The father of Albert, Theodorus, engaged himself in trade, as several europeans in Nederlands Indië did. He was succesful and appears to have established a company.
After the death of Theodorus in 1856, the company is continued, with the sons Albert, Theodoor and Henri (Henricus) as partners.
Between 1859 and 1862, the nature of the company is restructured leading to 3 companies:
Jacometti & Co,
Jacometti (in Buitenzorg), and
Azon and Co.
In 1864 it is announced, that all companies are being dissolved. A period of frantic clearing and selling follows, in which also warehouses and a seperate lot are sold. Finally, in 1865, also the furniture of the family dwelling on the Koningsplein in Batavia is offered for sale.
For details see the Jacometti companies.

Albert Azon Jacometti was born in 1826 in Overschie near Rotterdam. His father had moved to Ned. Indië in ~1830 and had, next to his official job as civil servant, established a trading company.

Maria Hendrika Beth was born in Batavia in 1834. Her father died in 1836, her mother in 1839 in Batavia. So Maria was an orphan at a young age. Where was she raised after 1839? Was this perhaps in the young womens institute Alberts mother Anna ran with her mother Jeanne de Luc?

In about 1845, a drawing was made of him. The original image can be seen on worldvitalrecords.
He had also been depicted as a 1 year old in a family portrait of about 1831 with his parents (see at parents).

Albert and Maria marry in 1853 in Batavia. She is 19 and a half, he is almost 27 years old. A description of the scene of their lives can be found in Batavia in the 19th century.

Albert had entered the trading company of his father and must have been active there. Also his brother Theodoor, and later his other brother Henri, who had studied law at Leiden, was in the company.
After Albert's father had died, in 1859, the brothers start to restructure the activities (see box at right).
Since Albert was in companies with the others, there are no newspaper clippings showing just his own name. It is, however, likely that the company with the name Jacometti & Co is run by him, the other companies each by the other of the brothers.

Children in Batavia/Weltevreden:
1854 Anna Agnes Albertine Louise Margaretha AJ (x Theodoor Anton Ruys; +1932 The Hague),
1855 Theodoor Josephus AJ (x 1880 L.R.E. Wijsman; + in Tjidabak),
1857 Albert Willem AJ,
1861 Willem Hendrik AJ (x Arendien Koster; +1905),
1865 Maria Henriette (+1865, Tjandjoer),
1871 Marianne Albertina Theodora (x 1888 N.J. Westpalm van Hoorn Van Burgh).

In February 1858, Mrs Jacometti leaves with 3 children for The Netherlands (Java Bode 17-02-1858). She arrives in Amsterdam in July (Java Bode 21-07-1858) with 3 children and two servants. Is this Maria with the three young children? Probably yes, given the time gap in the birth of her children (1857-1861). By 1860 she is back in Batavia.


Private house at Koningsplein.

It seems that Albert and wife, but perhaps also his brothers Theodoor (married to Maria Naessens) and Henri (unmarried), lived in one large house on the west side of the Koningsplein in Batavia. Or did they live in two houses? But possibly brother Theodoor with Maria had moved to Buitenzorg.

In the Almanac for 1863, Albert is listed as "brandspuitmeester" with the "brandspuitwezen" (fire department), so he also had a function as civil servant.

In 1864, all companies were dissolved. And the next year they also seem to have left the house on the Koningsplein.

Why did they sell everything?
In 1860 the book the "Max Havelaar" was published by "Multatuli" (= Eduard Douwes Dekker) in which severe criticism of Dutch governance in Nederlands Indië was voiced. This book resulted in discussions in dutch society and among politicians about changing or perhaps even abolishing the "cultuurstelsel" (see Batavia 19th century). Does the possibility that that system (the apparent fountain of prosperity) might end be part of the considerations leading to the decission of the Jacomettis to sell out?  The Governor General, Fransen van der Putte, abolished forced labour in the government forests, as well as, in 1865, the obligatory cultivation of indigo, cochenille, tobacco and tea. The Jacometti brothers might have known of this decission ahead of time....
But there may have been more mundane reasons to sell out, e.g., the splitting of the inheritance of Alberts father and mother, Theodorus and Anna. For that see merchants Jacometti.

A good part of the furniture was sold in 1865. The advertisement (Bataviasch Handelsblad 18650201) shows there were: table and chairs with brown velvet, table and chairs with red striped velvet (of the boudoir), round and oval tables with marble table tops, voltaires, game tables, a ladies writing desk, a buffet with medallion mirror, chests of drawers, this all of mahogany wood; one marvellous and two plain pendulums, gypsum statues, lamps, mirrors, paintings, inland furniture; 4 carriage horses, sandalwood riding horse, carriages, flower pots, etc., etc.

Where did these brothers move to?
- Henri went back to The Netherlands and stayed there. He later married a german woman.
- Theodoor went his own way in the Dutch Indies, living in Buitenzorg.
Albert and Maria, who had left the house on the Koningsplein, later return there, the house was not sold.
- Albert, in 1870, becomes a registered (real estate) broker (see announcement in the Java Bode 18700511). A cousin of his, Th.A.L. Jacometti, takes up the same function in the same year. [Quite confusing for archive research..., but these Jacomettis took care of all using "unique initials" in advertisements.]

For a while, Albert also takes a fancy for horses. He buys and sells them, in part in commission (see the clippings). But he takes on many other activities.

In 1882, son Albert Willem married Henriette van Hulstijn, whose father had been in the shipping business, and until his death in 1879 as manager of the NISM.

How did the family experience the gigantic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883?

After 20 years, as broker and real estate agent, Albert resigned, in 1890 (announcement in the Java Bode 18900327). On his activities the announcements have been assembled in a list with newspaper clips.

Albert died in Batavia in 1894, in the house at the Koningsplein. His death is announced by son Albert in the Batav. Handelsblad (18940522). As high level lawyer, he organised the settlement of the estate.

Son Albert and wife move in 1897 to The Netherlands.

Maria stays in Batavia. She dies there in 1905 (Batav. Nieuwsblad 19050912), in the house on the west side of the Koningsplein. The estate is this time settled by her son in law Westpalm van Hoorn van Burgh. The sale of the furniture takes place in February 1906.

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The clippings from newspapers in the Dutch Indies have been obtained through the database at http://kranten.kb.nl
Disclaimer: If anybody other than the heirs of the persons mentioned on this page has the rights to the reproduced family news, civil announcements and advertisements, I call on those to contact me.

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