Aug. 11, 1848 Raleigh Wake County North Carolina, USA
Feb. 13, 1879 Raleigh Wake County North Carolina, USA
Margaret Nelson Haywood was born 1848 in Raleigh, Wake County, NC the 8th of 9 known surviving children (3 boys/6 girls) born to the Hon. William Henry Haywood III and his wife, Jane Graham. She was twin to her sister, Gertrude Haywood.
She was the paternal grandchild of William Henry Haywood II & Ann Sheppard of Raleigh; and gr-grandchild of William Henry Haywood I & Charity Hare of Edgecombe Co, NC. She was the maternal grandchild of Edward Graham of New Bern, Craven Co, NC.
Margaret was just 4 years old when her father died in 1852. She weathered the Civil War remaining in Raleigh with her widowed mother who would be left grieving after the loss of 2 of her 3 sons in the war.
In about 1872, the 24-year old married 34-year old CSA Veteran, Lt. Francis Hawkes Cameron of Hillsboro, Orange County, NC. Francis was the son of John Adams Cameron II of Virginia and his (1st) wife, Frances Stephens Hawks/Hawkes of North Carolina.
Lt. Cameron served with the NC 18th Regiment, Co F which was sent to SC in 1861 engaging the enemy at Charleston, Savannah, and Drury's Bluff. The unit returned to NC in the Spring of 1862 and proceeded to Virginia where it served in General Branch's and Lane's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. After fighting at Hanover Court House, it participated in various conflicts of the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor. It continued the fight in the trenches of Petersburg and ended the war at Appomattox. This unit was organized with 1,100 men and lost 57% of their men during the war.
Following the war, Colonel Francis H. Cameron (Inspector General, C.S.A.) served with the NC Militia (1877-1897) and in Oct 1883, he was in charge of overseeing the disinterment process of 107 Confederate Graves from Arlington Cemetery to escort the remains back their homestate. Members of the Ladies Memorial Association had undertaken the project of "getting these native boys back home" as they had died in Northern prisons and hospitals in and around Washingitn during the Civil War and had been hastily buried in Arlington. Four of the returning were re-interred at Oakwood Cemetery.
Margaret & Frank would only be married just a short time, as Margaret died just 7 years into the marriage, passing in 1879 at age 30. They were, however, married long enough to become parents to 2 known children, both sons: Francis Hawks Cameron Jr. (c. 1873), and Duncan Haywood Cameron (c. 1877).
Her widowed husband later remarried to Eugenia Legrand of Alabama, and by her had 5 daughters. Frank died in 1900 at age 62 and is buried in St. Matthew's Episcopal in Hillsboro. It is not know what became of Margaret's sons.