On this day in Alabama history: Mobile socialite Octavia Walton Le Vert died

On this day in Alabama history: Mobile socialite Octavia Walton Le Vert died
Painting of Octavia Celestia Valentine Walton while her family was living in Pensacola, Florida. They relocated to nearby Mobile in 1834, where she married Dr. Henry Le Vert. (Thomas Sully, Historic Mobile Preservation Society)

March 12, 1877

Octavia Walton Le Vert, whose high society gatherings were the talk of middle 19th century Mobile, died in her hometown of Belle Vue, Georgia, at the age of 65. The granddaughter of George Walton Sr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and daughter of Georgia state legislator George Walton Jr., her family ties brought her in contact with the powerful and influential. After the family moved to Mobile in 1834, she married Dr. Henry Strachey Le Vert and became known as Madame Le Vert. Her parties were attended by the leading politicians, artists and business leaders of the day. She also traveled widely and wrote the book “Souvenirs of Travel.”

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