Princess Ekaterina Dolgorukaya was a mistress of Tsar Alexander II and later his morganatic wife. Ekaterina was the last in a series of the Tsar's mistresses and the one he truly loved. Ekaterina and her Tsar had four children together before he was assassinated by a group of anarchists. While the Tsar's family had seriously objected to her, especially to her presence in the palace, they saw that she was provided for until her death.
Desiree Archinard Locoul, ca. 1910, third mistress of the plantation and mother of Laura Locoul Gore (fourth mistress of the plantation and Author of Memories of the Old Plantation Home & Creole Family Album). Creoles had a long tradition of women managing plantations. The Laura Plantation was run by a series of strong-willed matriarchs.