Jasper County, Georgia

Jasper Co., GA

Jasper County, GA


Jasper County was created on December 10, 1807 as the state's thirty-first county from part of Baldwin County on land formerly held by Creek Indians. The 370-square-acre county was named for Revolutionary War (1775-83) sergeant William Jasper, a hero of the 1776 Battle of Sullivan's Island (also known as the Battle of Fort Moultrie) who died during the Siege of Savannah in 1779. The county was first named for John Randolph of Virginia, whose opposition to the War of 1812 (1812-15) made him so unpopular with Georgians that the legislature renamed the county in 1812.

The Creek Indians long maintained settlements on the shoals of the Ocmulgee River, and Carolina fur trappers traded with them at a location known as the "Seven Islands of the Ocmulgee" as far back as the 1670s. The first non-Indians to settle in what became Jasper County arrived in the late eighteenth century. The first known white settler was a deer hunter known only by the name Newby, who lived near present-day Hillsboro as early as 1790. A treaty with the Creek nation that year provided land for a stagecoach route (the Seven Islands Stagecoach Road) from Augusta, Georgia, to Mobile, Alabama. Settlements grew up around the stagecoach stops.
Source: The New Georgia Encyclopedia - Jasper County

Modern Day Adjacent Counties

Jackson County is bordered by Morgan, Putnam, Jones, Monroe, Butts and Newton Counties.

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