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|Written by alberto|
Jozip (Joseph) Wessely was born on 16th February 1781 either in Walchov (today Valchov, near Boskovice) or in Slaup (today Sloup), as reported in various documents. Both places are near Brno, in Moravia (Czech Republic today). To me, the most credible is the former option, as written in the certificate that he had to produce for his marriage with Elena Vianello, in Thessaloniki. On this same document it is reported that his father Franz, a builder (molitor in Latin) was born in Slaup.
It is not clear when Joseph moved to Thessaloniki and whether he was coming directly from Moravia but in 1815 (two years later and at the age of 35) he was living in Trieste cheering the birth of his first child, Clarissa.
After the death of Steiner (December 1832) and the retirement of Heller, he makes a new society with the 28 years old Gustav Adolf Fesch, freshly coming from Laar, Granducate of Baden, under the name "Wessely & Fesch". The new company deals with import/export of Gum arabic, sweet almondes and other colonial goods. The company has a capital of 40,000 florints, divides into 65% Wessely and 35% Fesch.
He lives in the "Casa Duma" at the 816 of "Città Nuova" (New Town) in the Piazza Nuova (today Piazza della Repubblica). In this picture, it is the big house at the right. In the same building, but at a different floor also lived Gustav Adolf Fesch and his wife Clarissa, née Wessely. The house has been demolished in the beginning of the 20th century and substituted by the seat of the Commercial Bank.
Giuseppe dies in Trieste on 16th November 1861. He is buried in the family grave in the Sant'Anna cemetery.