She was born Margaret Hall Sleeper on 20 November 1828 in Bristol, Grafton Co. New Hampshire. Her parents were Reverend Walter & Nancy (Plaisted) Sleeper. According to the History of the Town of Bristol, New Hampshire, Margaret’s father was one of the very early members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Bristol, New Hampshire and became an ordained clergyman, ordained a deacon on 25 June 1816. He operated a grist mill, was gatekeeper of the Mayhew Turnpike tollgate on North Main Street.
She was the youngest of three children, and the only girl. By 1850 she was the only one of the children still living at home. Possibly she was named after her great-grandmother, Margaret (Scribner) Sleeper. She may have been brought up in a very strict manner. Even when this photograph was taken of her, probably later in life as her hair is shown white, her hair style and demeanor are quite modest and restrained. Continue reading