JAMES BULLIMORE, a well-known and highly respected resident of Shellsburg, is a native of England, being born in Lincolnshire, Feb. 7, 1823, and became a resident of Benton County in 1857. He learned the trade of a carpenter and followed that business during his residence in his native country. On the 25th of December, 1843. he was united in marriage to Frances Musson who was also a native of Lincolnshire, born Oct. 1, 1820. Wishing to better their fortunes, and not seeing much prospect of so doing, they concluded to leave the land of their birth, and in 1851 emigrated to the United States, first stopping in Richland County, Ohio, where they remained for a period of three years, and then removed to Muncie, Ind., whence, in 1857, they came to Benton County, Iowa, locating at Vinton, at which place Mr. Bullimore followed his trade as carpenter until 1862. Sometime in 1861 he offered his services as a soldier in the Union Army, but was rejected by the examining officer, much to his regret. In the spring of 1862 he settled on section 29, Canton Township, where a friend of his had entered 160 acres of land in 1853. He there followed farming until the fall of 1876, having in the meantime, by hard work, good management and strict economy, acquired a sufficient amount of means to enable him to lead a less active life. He then moved to Shellsburg, where he still resides, his home being located in the west part of the town. It is surrounded with all the necessary comforts of life, and is a very pleasant and homelike place.
Mr. Bullimore now owns but one half-section of land, having converted most of his property into cash, loaning the same. Mr. and Mrs. Bullimore have been the parents of one child, which died while they yet resided in England. Religiously, he was reared in the Church of England, but since coming to the United States has never connected himself by membership with any religious or secret society.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 185-186.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on June 16th, 2007. Copyright © 2007 The IAGenWeb Project.