Margaret, a metis, was born in the north near York Factory (on the Hudson's Bay in what is now Manitoba). She was the daughter of Scottish Captain George Taylor and Jane (Cree metis). She was the last "Country Wife" of Sir George Simpson, Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC). He was the de facto ruler of Rupert's Land (all the lands that drained into Hudson's Bay) and eventually west to the Pacific Ocean when the HBC expanded into this area. Marriage via "Ó la fašon du pays" ("according to the custom of the country") were common in the west amongst European men and indian or metis women. Either party could leave the marriage (divorce) should they feel the need however it was expected that the "country wife" and offspring be properly taken care of by passing them onto someone else who would take them as their own wife and family. The HBC encouraged these 'country marriages' as it facilitated trade with the locals who would be their relatives. Both Margaret and her sons by George, George Jr. and John Simpson were abandoned by him in 1829. As was the custom of the land this was equivalent as a divorce. George viewed 'country marriage' a sound business practice as 'country wives' performed critical duties without which many Europeans would not have thrived or even survived. He referred to the offspring of these marriages as "bits of brown." Had Sir George Simpson lived 9 more years he no doubt would have been surprised to learn that these marital arrangements were considered legal. [* Note: 1869-09-07 The Highest Court of Lower Canada recognized that country marriages contracted in the North West territories, where there were neither priests or churches, were legitimate and that the children of these marriages were legitimate and had a right to the inheritance that was left by their fathers. http://www3.sympatico.ca/wayne.a.jones/marriage.htm]
Marguerite was not informed by George that he was leaving and in 1829 he returned to England to find a European wife. Upon his return in 1830 with his new wife, his 18 year old first cousin, Frances Sir George in 1831 after receiving pressure from his colleagues arranged Margaret's marriage to a paddler in the employ of HBC, French Canadian Amable Hogue, who later became a stone mason at Lower Fort Garry and then a farmer andd landowner in the area. It was stated that Amable and Peggy and their large family were amoung the largest landowner's in the Saint Charles area.
An excellennt account of Margaret's life with Amable and their offspring may be found on Jackie Corrigan's website: https://hoguegirardin.wordpress.com/tag/amable-hogue/
Families: Marriage 1826-1829 to Sir George Simpson (1786-1860) George Stewart Simpson Jr. 1827-1894) John McKenzie Simpson (1829-1900) Marriage 1830-1858 to Louis 'Amable' Hogue (1796-1858) Marie Hogue (1831-1927) Amable Hogue Jr. (1833-1892) Joseph Hogue (1835-1878) Marguerite Hogue (1838-1878) Thomas Hogue (1840-1924) Scholastique Hogue (1841-1864) Antoine Hogue (1844-?) Louis Edward Hogue (1846-1937) Elizabeth Hogue (1848- ?) Marie Anne Hogue (1850-1881)
She died 16 December 1885 in the Parish of Saint Charles which is today part of Winnipeg and was buried there.