Albert Azon Jacometti (*1826) & Maria Beth (*1834)
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
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.
Children in Batavia/Weltevreden:
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.
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?
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?
- 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