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Margaret Douglas

(b. 1842)

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At a Glance

The United States Census of 1850 [1] lists eight-year-old Margaret Douglas of as the daughter of John Douglas and Rachel Douglas. Little is known about Margaret's time at the Burwell School [2].

Story

On the eve of the Civil War, Margaret married Willie N. Strayhorn, also of Orange County, NC. Willie N. Strayhorn was a successful farmer. Little else is known about the couple after 1860. According to Civil War records, a Willie N. Strayhorn, enlisted in the C.S.A. in 1861, and worked his way through the ranks, eventually becoming a sergeant. He was fatally wounded in 1865. If this William Strayhorn was Margaret's husband, it is possible that she remarried, thus vanishing from records as  "Margaret Strayhorn." [2]

Biographical Data

Important Dates

Margaret Douglas was born c. 1842.

Places of Residence

Schools Attended

Relatives

References

  1. United States Census of 1850.
  2. Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).