Virginie Amélie AVEGNO GAUTREAU

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AmericanBorn Virginie Amélie AVEGNO

American born Parisian socialite

Born on January 29, 1859 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA , United States

Died on July 25, 1915 in Paris, France

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Virginie Amélie Avegno was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Anatole Placide Avegno (July 3, 1835 – April 1862) and Marie Virginie de Ternant, of Parlange Plantation. She had a sister, Valentine, who died of yellow fever. Her parents were white Creoles; her father was the son of Philippe Avegno (Italian) and Catherine Genois. Her mother was a descendant of French nobility.



Her father served as a major in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War; he died in 1862 in the Battle of Shiloh. He was the commander of the Avegno Zouaves of New Orleans, a cosmopolitan battalion which had French, Spanish, Mexican, Irish, Italian, and Filipino soldiers among its six companies.

...   Virginie Amélie Avegno was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the daughter of Anatole Placide Avegno (July 3, 1835 – April 1862) and Marie Virginie de Ternant, of Parlange Plantation. She had a sister, Valentine, who died of yellow fever. Her parents were white Creoles; her father was the son of Philippe Avegno (Italian) and Catherine Genois. Her mother was a descendant of French nobility.



Her father served as a major in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War; he died in 1862 in the Battle of Shiloh. He was the commander of the Avegno Zouaves of New Orleans, a cosmopolitan battalion which had French, Spanish, Mexican, Irish, Italian, and Filipino soldiers among its six companies.



In 1867, when Virginia was eight, her widowed mother moved with her to France. The girl was educated in Paris and introduced to high French society.



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