1878–1958

Ap­ril 1878, Lou­is­ville, Ken­tuc­ky.

Oc­to­ber 9, 1958, Orange­burg, New York.

Oak Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Nyack, New York.

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Margaret was born while her fa­ther Al­bert Simp­son was pas­tor of the Chest­nut Street Pres­by­ter­i­an Church in Lou­is­ville, Ken­tuc­ky. Be­cause in­fant Mar­ga­ret was dan­ger­ous­ly frail, she was bap­tized in a pri­vate cer­e­mo­ny at the manse on April 14, 1878, by Ar­thur Pier­son, a close as­so­ci­ate of her fa­ther. Mar­ga­ret was the next to the young­est of six child­ren (one hav­ing died).

In 1880, her family moved to New York City. The family home on 331 West 34th Street became a center for prayer and healing: Margaret grew up under the influence of godly parents and a strong body of believers, living through the years of the founding of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. She spent summers with her family at camp meetings in Old Orchard, Maine.

Around 1897, the Simp­sons moved to Ny­ack, New York, new lo­ca­tion of the Mis­sion­a­ry Train­ing In­sti­tute (now Ny­ack Col­lege). Later, she mar­ried George Buck­man and lived most of her adult life in Cal­i­for­nia. She had one son, George, born 1914.

In 1956, Margaret moved back to the Nyack area. She is best known for tunes she composed for her father’s hymns.

  1. It Seems Too Good to Be True
  2. Name of Jesus, The
  1. Be Silent to God
  2. Hidden Away with Jesus
  3. Regions Beyond, The