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James Tapper
Giard Twp.

James Tapper, Esq., one of the enterprising farmers of Giard Township, was born in Dorsettshire, England, on the 15th day of December, 1810, and was a son of William and Hester (Bolwell) Tapper. In the spring of 1828 James emigrated to New Foundland, where he remained until 1832; thence to Halifax, N. S., where he spent two and one-half years, and from there went to New York City. In 1835-'36 James took a trip to Cuba, where he was employed in the copper mines. This being the time of the yellow fever epidemic he became a victim to the disease and returned to England. In the following spring he became acquainted with and married Ellen Irwin, who was born in 1814, and in the fall of that year he went to New Orleans; thence to St. Louis, where he worked at his trade one year. About that time the Government was erecting Fort Atkinson, and he went there, stopping in McGregor on his way, this being in 1840. He remained at Fort Atkinson about two years, and in the fall of 1841 he came to his present place. He has held several local offices of trust in the gift of the people.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 823-24


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