Jasper's description at age 20 in 1864 his complexion was brown and he was about 5ft 3in just a young kid not even what we consider grown at least not for another year when he would turn 21 but his actions were brave and very responsible and adult like. He volunteered for war, the "Civil war".
On March 29th, 1864 Jasper became a private in Co "F" of the 23rd Regiment of the U.S.C.T. and before the war was over he would become Corporal then First Sergeant.
According to reports from the pension file "While in the line of duty marching from Brazos Island Texas to Brownsville Texas a little under 25 miles and about 7-8 hrs
the fatigue of marching affected the nerves like rheumatism causing numbness and jerking with pains any attempt of exertion threatens paralysis. This is only one glimpse of the conditions he had to endure. I'm sure there were plenty of unbearable conditions for Jasper like shoes that didn't fit, that hurt his feet, hunger from not enough rations given to black soldiers not to mention the treatment from their white counterparts. I could go on and on and still couldn't give a complete picture of the misery. Jasper was strong and endured.
Jasper made it through the war and came back home to marry and start a family. He was also very active in the community and church.
On October 28th 1869 just 4 years after emancipation and the civil war he married Dollie Irving Barr Thompson. (Barr was Dollie's fathers surname, she was officially given her mothers surname of Irving).
Dollie and Jasper had 17 children over a period of thirty plus years. Most of their children would become successful in their own right. Their kids would attend Storer College. Solomon and Jasper Jr would attend medical school. Solomon at Fordham University and Howard University Medical School and Jasper Jr would attend MeHarry Medical School becoming doctors. Solomon being a co-founder of the first black hospital in Kansas and later him and Jasper"Jack" would go into business together. Marie would become a nurse in Chicago. Franklin became a Red Cap in California for Amtrak. Sadie's daughter became an owner of a funeral parlor with her husband. Louise married a man who owned his own barbershop in Philadelphia. William became a sexton of a church in Philadelphia. My great grandmother Frances started out a maid and went to school and became a professional baker who was hired by a lot of rich white families to bake for their functions and events. Margaret the youngest lived at home and became involved in the community. The children that I did not mention I either have no information or they died at young age. Dolly had to be such an amazingly strong woman to have lost young children and a husband and still raise successful children.
September 6 1906 would be the last day that Jasper would be with his family. After everything he endured during the civil war and I'm sure all of the close calls he had its ironic that he would end up being shot by his neighbor. When I was young, I didn't know the neighbor shot him. The story I heard was that he was shot and killed and his horse brought him home but they didn't know who did it. I wonder why it was passed down that they didn't know unless Dollie just didn't tell the younger children what happened. That seems possible. Today we have access to a lot of information and as soon as they find out about the story, the picture is posted on television and spread but that wasn't the case in 1906. So I guess I understand.
I don't know, the first article leaves me biased with questions the story just sounds fishy, like they left a lot of the story out. Why would Jasper start trouble with Marion if it was Jaspers hogs that broke out of the pen? Did Marion tell him he couldn't have his hogs back? What did Marion do? After a lot of years of dealing with the same situation why would you all of a sudden fear for your life? The article below goes into a bit more detail.
Article from another source
The second story also seemed to favor Marion so needless to say I'm really pissed off about the way this was reported. From the pension reports it seems like Jasper had a hard time getting around because of his disabilities..kidney problems, rheumatism and more. The army doctors said if he over exerted himself that it could cause paralysis. I also understand that I would just assume my great great grandfather is innocent and I will continue to do so.
After a period of grieving, Dollie had to apply for Jasper's pension. She tried to take care of things but it was hard with the loss of her husband and 2 young children still at home. One being my great grandmother. Dollie did keep it up because that house stayed in the family until the loss of the last Thompson child Margaret in 1974 when my grandmother Marie's brother, Uncle Maurice sold the family home. All of the family had moved away and he would go down there often and take care of things but he was getting older and could no longer keep up with it.
Looks like Dolly affectionately called her husband, my great great grandfather Jasper "Soldier"....I found that out by reading her testimony below...
Testimony of my great great grandmother Dolly Irvin Thompson so that she could receive his pension from the Civil War when he passed.
"Margaret Virginia Thompson was born Sept 8 1894, (my great grandmother Frances Thompson youngest sister,) she calls herself Virginia. It was September 6, 1906 and she was 12 years old while her father lay a corpse in our house.
None of our children has been baptized and christened and I know of no public record of their births. The midwife who attended me when Margaret and Frances was born is dead I had no physician on either occasion I have a bible record in our family bible of the birth of each of our children written in by "Soldier" soon after the birth of each child occurrence.
I show you this record. "Soldier" carried a small life insurance in the Metropolitan Life Insurance company of New York, paying 10 cents per week as premium and I received $72 in full of his policy. This was the only life insurance he carried. He had made no will before his death at his death he owned 3 acres of land on which was a 2 story framed house
|Actual home of Jasper and Dolly (Photo courtesy of Jim Surkamp)|
Soldier was awarded and so was his wife after his passing