On Jan 3, 1869 he married Dolly Ann Irvin where they had 12 surviving children during their marriage. My grandma Dolly was there to witness first hand the hanging of John Brown. I don't know if my grandpa Jasper was present or not I assume he was, he was born and raised in Harpers Ferry and would have been a teenager at the time. I wonder if that is what inspired my grandfather to join the service or not. I imagine that would be a huge factor. (Pictured below 10 of the 12 surviving children of Jasper and Dolly
|Jasper's wife Dolly Irvin/Irwin Thompson|
Grandma Dolly said that her real last name was Barr
That's another story for another day, I still have some investigating to do.
|My great grandmother Frances Thompson Preston when to 2 years culinary school and used to bake professionally|
|Jack Jasper Richard Thompson on his graduation from Meharry Med School|
|Louise Thompson Sanders owned a beauty shop in Phila PA|
|William A Thompson Sexton at a church in Phila PA|
|Solomon H Thompson who helped open one of the 1st black hospitals|
in Kansas City, Kansas (Douglass Hospital)
|Eliza R Thompson passed at age 16 from Pneumonia|
|Sarah "Sadie" Thompson Miller|
|Frank Thompson "Head Red Cap" according to the census in 1940 Los Angeles Union Station|
|Margaret Thompson Tolliver Cross|
|Marie Thompson Holmes|
NAME: 23rd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
SOLDIER'S RANK IN: Private
SOLDIER'S RANK OUT: First Sergeant
FILM NUMBER: M589 roll 86
AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL:
DISPLAYED AS: Jasper Thompson
PLAQUE NUMBER: B-40 Regiment Details
UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS 23rd Regiment,
United States Colored Infantry OVERVIEW:Organized at Camp Casey, Va., November 23, 1863, to June 30, 1864. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac, April to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Corps, to December, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 25th Corps, December, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 25th Corps, and Dept. of Texas, to November, 1865. SERVICE:-Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River, Va., May and June, 1864. Guarding wagon trains Army of the Potomac through the Wilderness. Before Petersburg June 15-18. Siege of Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Fort Sedgwick September 28. Poplar Grove Church September 29-30. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Bermuda Hundred December 13. Duty on the Bermuda Hundred front till March, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Hatcher's Run March 29-31. Fall ofPetersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Duty in Dept of Virginia till May. Moved to Texas May-June. Duty at Brownsville and along the Rio Grande, Texas, till November. Mustered out November 30, 1865. Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 82 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 165 Enlisted men by disease. Total 252.RIN: MH:N2.
He died in 1906 in his hometown, at the age of 59. It was said that Jasper was stern you could even say he was mean according to the neighbors and townfolk. I don't know if he was that way towards his family, I've never heard that he was but anyway, he went into town one day and later that night his body was brought home by his horse. Someone in town shot him and the family never knew what happened to him.
Jasper was buried in Fairview-Gibsontown Cemetery in Charles Town. My question about his death, did they shoot him in the back while he was getting on his horse, or did they shoot him and then lay his body on the horse for it to carry him home?