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1883 History of
Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa


Neil FULLERTON, son of James and Janet (MUSCHIE) FULLERTON, was born in Inverness, Province of Quebec, Canada, Dec. 10, 1831. His parents, natives of Scotland, settled at that place years previous to his birth. When he was fourteen-years-old his mother died and two years after he went to Coos Co., N. H., and was bound out to a farmer to serve until he was twenty-one years of age. He redeemed his obligation and received $100 as had been stipulated, when he returned to Canada. A year later he went to Hillsboro Co., N. H., and engaged in farming one summer, and the following winter worked as lumberman.

In the spring of 1856 he bought a team and engaged in supplying milk in the city of Manchester. In April, 1857, he was married to Mary KERR, who was also a native of Inverness. About that date he bought a farm in the town of Bedford. The next year he sold the milk route and devoted his attention and energies to farming, remaining thus employed until 1863, when he sold his farm and bought government timber land in Canada.

He took possession of his purchase, made a "bee," and in one day the logs were cut for a house, 16x18 feet, and the house built. He cleared forty-five acres of the primeval forest and remained a resident until 1871. In that year he settled in Cerro Gordo Co., Iowa. Until 1876 he rented land in Portland township, when he purchased the southeast quarter of section 25, in Owen township. Since that date he has rebuilt the house, erected a barn and made valuable improvements on the land.

Mr. FULLERTON has occupied a number of offices of trust, and is a member of the board of trustees. In 1867 himself and wife joined the Presbyterian Church, and are now communicants of the Congregational Church, at Rockford, there being no society of the denomination to which they originally belonged in the vicinity.

They have nine children - John K., James E., Charles A., Peter G., Neil A., Robert, Angus M., Henry J. and Nettie.

SOURCE: History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. p. 913. Union Publishing Co. Springfield IL. 1883.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011



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