Sava Arvune was a Macedo-Romanian technician hired by the ottoman authorities to repair the fortress of Brăila, severely damaged by general Mikhail Kutuzov during the Russo-Turkish War (1806–1812). He thereafter was hired as planner ("plangiu") of the Brăila city council. After settling in Brăila he changed his name from Arvune to Dulgheru.
In Brăila he met his wife, who had fled from their estate in Oancea, on the Prut River to avoid the bubonic plague epidamy which had started in Odessa. He married her, though he was over thirty years older.
He bequesthed all his fortune to his young wife on condition she retire to a monastery after his death. The will actually stated that "his widow had to go to a monastery". In order to inherit the fortune, his widow visited a monastery in the neighborhood and thereafter successfully claimed that she had fulfilld the requirement. However the never remarried and resided with her daughter, helping raise her eleven grandchildren.
|Sofia Dulgheru (1825-1889)||1825 Brăila, Brăila County, Romania||1889 Romania||Nestor Filotti (c1814-1869)|