She has an older sister named Parthenope. Florence parnets were rich. Florence had a very happy childhood. But as she got older thing were hard. Her parnets thought she needed a husban but Florence had a different plan for her life. She wanted to help the sick by being a nurse. Her parents did not want her being a nurse but that did not stop her. She would read nursing books to help her know about the sick. At 26 years old she went to Germany.