JASPER, Nicholas

Last revised: 06 Mar 2014

(07 Jun 1752 – 14 May 1827)

Nicholas Jasper, Revolutionary War Patriot, was 07 Jun 1752 in Union County near Charleston, South Carolina, and died 14 May 1827 in Pulaski Co., Kentucky. He was married in 1777, probably in South Carolina, to Elizabeth Wyatt. She was born, probably in south Carolina in 1759 and died about 1817 in Pulaski County, Kentucky and is presumed to be buried near him in the Old Sinking Creek Chruch graveyard in Somerset, Pulaski Co., KY.

Nicholas was the one of three sons born to John A. and Sarah Herndon Jasper. The three sons served in the Revolutionary War under Generals Francis Marion and William richardson Davie in North & South Carolina. Nicholas served in the South Carolina Militia as a Sergeant and Lieutenant under Capt. Anderson in Col. Brandon’s Regiment before and after the fall of Charleston and in Anderson’s return durnig the War of Revolution for the State of South Carolina. He received 200 acres of land on Sinking Creek (Somerset) on 14 Jan 1799 for his service.

Nicholas was appointed one of the first Justices of the Peace in Pulaski Co. in June of that same year along with Samuel Gilmore, Robert Modrell, John Francis and Bazil Meek. It was Nicholas who recommended to the Kentucky Legislature that the new county be named for Count Pulaski with whom he had served. Nicholas was appointed one of the first Trustees of the town of Somerset in 1801, surveyed the first road in the new county, was appointed Sheriff, and served as the Senior Justice in Pulaski County.