In 1850 Margaret was already head of the house at age 37. She had property valued at $4000 but no occupation. Her children were Caroline, 14, Mary E, 8, Columbus, 6, and Ferdinand, 4. Next door was John Firebaugh and 3 doors down was sister Elizabeth and George May.
In 1860 she was age 49, still living in Shawnee Twp with 3 children.