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Margaret Murchison

(b. 1836)

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At a Glance

Margaret Murchison of Cumberland County, NC attended the Burwell School with her sister Catherine A. Murchison  in its closing year, 1857.


Margaret Murchison was the daughter of Catherine D. Wright and Duncan Murchison, a wealthy cotten manufacturer in Cumberland County, NC. In the United States Census of 1850 [1], the Murchisons were listed with their children, among them, Catherine A. Murchison  and Margaret Murchison. Both sisters are recoreded as having attened the Burwell School in its closing year, 1857 [2].

Biographical Data

Important Dates

Margaret Murchison was born c. 1836.

Places of Residence

Schools Attended



  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).