Margaret's father, James Campbell, learned of the Gospel from a street meeting in Glasgow, Scotland. He and Margaret, age 13, were baptized. Margaret's mother, Anne Burgess Campbell, and her nine sisters were not interested. Seven years later in 1880, Margaret's mother passed away and her father decided to make the journey to Salt Lake City to get her temple work done. He died on the journey, never making it out of Scotland. Margaret had married in her early teens, but within two years had lost her husband and only son. Destitute, Margaret walked over 90 miles to Dundee, where she found employment in a jute mill, earning only 10 shillings and sixpence for 60 hours of work a week. She lodged with a Mrs. Wilson, and later married her son, William, who was a tailor. They were very poor, and Margaret had to work long hours to help make ends meet. She had six children, two of whom died in infancy. Her only son was born when Margaret was 43 years old. She named him Joseph Smith Wilson, after the prophet. Margaret encouraged all her children to live the Gospel, and three of them made their way to Salt Lake City. Lizzie, one daughter, stayed behind and cared for her ill mother, who was suffering from malnutrition. Margaret wanted two Elders to conduct her funeral, and sent for them herself. She passed away in April 1924.
Margaret was an amazing example of faith and persistence. When she was only nine years old, Margaret went to work in a cotton mill to help her family survive. She married very young, and had to deal with the death of her husband and son alone. Though she was always poor and often didn't have nearly enough to eat, Margaret always faithfully paid her tithing. When she remarried, her life did not become easier. Her neighbors were constantly harassing her for being a Mormon, and even accused her of selling her daughters to the LDS missionaries as wives. In reality, Margaret only wanted the best for her children, finally giving up on life after her son reached the United States. Margaret had always been so overworked and suffered poor nutrition, so her children were all small and fragile. Margaret loved the church and the Gospel, and attended a conference held in Glasgow, where she got to shake hands with President McKay. After her mother's death, Lizzie stopped attending church for a time. Later in life, Lizzie had all her children baptized, despite the objections of her husband. Lizzie immigrated to San Diego, California where she remained a faithful member. Margaret's grandchildren and great grandchildren stayed with the Gospel.