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The Texas Almanac
reports that Jasper County was created in 1836, organized in 1837
from an old Spanish municipality named "Bevil," an original county;
and was named Jasper County for Sgt. William Jasper, a hero of the
American Revolution. Jasper, Texas, is the County
Seat. Census Records are available for 1850-1880. Deed
Records go back to 1849, and there are a few marriages back to
1849. There are recorded several Death Records as
early as 1908.
Genealogical Society. "Stirpes", Volume 2, Number 2, June 1962, who
accumulated the information from the county Clerks of each county,
as well as the Texas Almanac, 1961-62, Dallas, Tex.: A.H. Belo corp.
One of the earliest white settlers was John R.
Bevil, who moved to Texas before 1829 and received a first-class
land grant on the Angelina River near the site of present Jasper.
Bevil's settlement became known as Bevilport and was an important
river-navigation point from 1830 until 1860. In 1829 Lorenzo de
Zavala obtained a Mexican empresarial grant covering most of what is
now Jasper County. During the Texas Revolution volunteers from
Bevilport joined other Texans in confrontations with Mexican troops
at Anahuac, Bexar, and Nacogdoches.
Jasper County was established when the
Convention of 1836 converted old municipalities into counties, but
it was not until 1837 that an act was passed defining the county
boundaries. The town of Jasper was named county seat by the county
commissioners in 1836 and grew around a log courthouse and jail
built on the main square. In 1846 the original Jasper County was
split into two parts; the eastern portion became Newton County. In
1847 Andrew Smyth built a sawmill near Bevilport, using the swift
current of Indian Creek for power. After a fire destroyed the Jasper
County Courthouse and all county records in 1849, a new two-story
structure was quickly constructed.
In the 1860 presidential election a
substantial majority of Jasper County voters chose John
Breckinridge, a Southern Democrat, over Constitutional Unionist John
Bell. Meetings to discuss secession were held throughout the county,
and in early 1861 the county's voters chose secession by a margin of
318 to 25. A Jasper County resident, Dr. William Neyland, was
appointed brigadier general of the Second Brigade of Texas State
Troops and placed in charge of recruiting for the Confederacy in
Jefferson, Orange, Newton, Tyler, Liberty, Hardin, Polk, Chambers,
and Jasper counties. One of the first companies to be organized in
Jasper County was Company C of the Twenty-fifth Texas Dismounted
Cavalry. In 1862 Company E of the Lone Star Rifles was mustered into
service in Jasper. The Confederate government in Texas collapsed in
the summer of 1865, and Union troops arrived in Jasper County the
[Excerpted from Glenn Justice, "JASPER COUNTY,"
Handbook of Texas Online. Published by the Texas State Historical
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