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Russian Noble Families / Maya de Chrapovitsky
« on: September 05, 2008, 09:50:09 PM »
Maya de Chrapovitsky was a russian aristocrat who was born at 18 Oct 1899, in St. Petersburg. She was the daugther of Count Nicolas de Chrapovitsky, who died in the War of 1905, and of Margharita Taylor, and she had a sister, Olga. At 4 Jun 1925, New York, she married the wealthy Hugh Dudley Auchincloss Jr., having one son: Yusha, who I think was a Democrat senator.
I've made a google research and I found only this about Maya de Chrapovitsky:
During my visits, Yusha tells me about his own father, a lawyer, banker, statesman and son of an old Newport family; and of his mother, the exotic Maya de Chrapovitsky, who was raised in luxury in turn-of-the-century Czarist Russia. "She was a daredevil," Yusha says. "Adventuresome. Typical sort of Russian excitable person. Very emotional." Maya gave Yusha his nickname, supposedly a Russianization of "Hugh."
Maya almost died when Yusha was a baby. "She got out of this small plane and ran around the front of it to congratulate the pilot," Yusha says. "She was just going around underneath the wing when the propeller started sputtering again. It kind of hit her head, but she fortunately had a jewel -- the old Russians, they had big jewels all over the place -- on her hat. The propeller hit the jewel so it went into her head but didn't go through." But Maya was forever changed -- moody and more excitable still. A few years later, Yusha's parents divorced, and his father wed Nina Gore, mother of novelist Gore Vidal. That marriage ended, too, after less than six years.

Maya died in 1990.

Do anyone know more about her?

Do anyone know where did George Brasov lived, what was his hobbies, interests...?Wasn't he engaged with someone?

Thanks :)

Is there any genealogic information about Marina's parents?When did they born, married and died?And about her sisters too?

The Stroganoffs / Re: The Stroganovs
« on: February 23, 2008, 04:00:24 PM »

The Stroganoffs / Re: The Stroganovs
« on: February 23, 2008, 03:54:33 PM »
Idalia or Idaliya or Idalya? Poletika was born in 1807 or 1811 and died in 1889. She was the illegimated daugther of Count Grigory Stroganov and of his second wife, Juliana de Oyenhausen e Almeida, a beautiful portuguese aristocrat, lover of Junot during the french invasion of Portugal.
Poletika was educated with the sons and heirs of the Stroganov fortune. She was distinguished by a beautiful appearance, rich culture, and a sharp mind. She was also a very intriguist aristocrat.
She married in 1829 with a colonel, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Poletika or Poletiki or Poletiko?. Nevertheless, she had a lover: Pyotr Petrovich Lanksoy. She was also a friend of Natalia Pushkina, and of D'Anthès. She was implicated in the scandal D'Anthès-Pushkin.

Do anyone know where did she lived? I know that she offered her apartment, in the cavalry-guardsmen’s quarters where her husband served, for the last meeting of Natalia and D’Anthes.

Russian Noble Families / Re: Russian Nobility in exile: various questions
« on: January 13, 2008, 03:08:21 PM »

Who was mme. Aristarch Kovalesky and mme. Volkov? I don't know them, or either their families...

French Royals / Re: L`Imperatrice Josephine
« on: December 20, 2007, 05:49:16 PM »
I am reading about the napoleonic nobility and I would like to know who was the Maison de la imperatrice Josephine. I know that the marquise de Bouillé, the Duchesse de Chevreuse, Mademoiselle Avrillion, were part of it. And it mentions very the baronne de Montmorency...Who was she?


Pyotr Petrovich Lachinov (1793-1822) was an officer of the Life Guards Hussar regiment, and participated in the Napoleonic Wars. I know that when he retired in 1821, he was a colonel.

Do anyone knows more information about him or about his family?

He was also painted by Henri François Riesener:

French Royals / Re: Identification,please
« on: November 20, 2007, 03:01:45 PM »
This is a beautiful portait of a lady by Vigée-Le Brun...Do anyone know who she was?Could she be Gabrielle de Polignac or is she too young? Thank you

Russian Noble Families / Re: Princes Volkonsky
« on: October 29, 2007, 05:50:55 PM »
Princess Zinaida Volkonskaya (1792-1862), née Princess Beloselskaya-Belozerskaya, was the wife of Prince Nicholas Volkonsky, an acknowledged beauty of her time. She was a well-educated, intelligent woman, patroness and collector of arts and also an author, actress and singer herself. She was a prominent socialite in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and also in Rome, where she spent the last 40 years of her life. Her parties in Rome were frequented by outstanding people of her time.  The renowned composer J. Rossini adapted his opera Tankred for one such party, with the princess singing the main part, and F. Mendelson, another famous musician, participating in the show.

two of her portaits:

I've fond this about mme Schebeko: She was born in 10 July 1871 in Andreievskoie, Yaroslav. She named Princess Anna Anatolievna Kourakine, daugther of Prince Anatole Alexandrovitch Kourakine and of Princess Elisabeth Mikhailovna Wolkonsky. In 14 June 1891 she marry with Nicholas Nicholaievitch Schebeko (born in 1863) and had two sons: ALeksandr (1892) and George (1895). All of them survived the revolution..

Is there any information about mme Schebeko, née princesse Kourakine and Pierre Abramovitch Khvostchinsky? Thanks ;)

Is there any information about princess Cantacuzene, countess Ignatieff, princess Scherwachidze, princess Sayn-Wittgenstein? Thank you

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