James Timothy Freelove was born in 1833 in Genesee County, New York, possibly the son of Harvey (1806-1853) and Amilla “Millie (Gould, born in 1806).
James left New York State and moved to western Michigan sometime before the war broke out. In 1860 he was possibly living with Joseph Freelove (b. c. 1828 in New York) and his wife Mary along with the Newell family in Clinton, Macomb County.
James, also known as Timothy, stood 5’8” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, and was a 28-year-old farmer possibly living in Kent County when he enlisted in Company K on May 13, 1861. He was discharged for chronic sciatica on July 30, 1861, at Arlington Heights, Virginia.
After his discharge from the army James returned to Michigan where he reentered the service as Private in Company B 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics on September 16, 1861, at Grand Rapids for 3 years, and was mustered on October 29 at Marshall, Calhoun County. It is unclear if James ever left Michigan with the E & M in December of 1861 when it was ordered to Louisville, Kentucky. If so, he soon returned to Michigan. He was sick from May 1, 1862, through June at Hamburg, Livingston County, and was discharged as an artificer on May 8, 1862.
No pension seems to be available.
While the evidence is circumstantial James may in fact have been the same James T. Freelove who was living in Lodi, Wisconsin, when he enlisted in Company F, 49th Wisconsin infantry on February 25, 1865 and was mustered out on July 5, 1865 on account of disability.
He applied for and received a pension (no. 110270) on June 19, 1866.
James died on October 15, 1866, in Fond-du-Lac, Wisconsin and was buried in Rienzi Cemetery.