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Native American History of Jasper County, Georgia

Jasper County is located in central Georgia and is part of the Atlanta Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA.) It is named after Sergeant William Jasper, a German-American hero of the American Revolution, who was killed in action during the siege of Savannah in 1779. Its county seat is Monticello. Johann Wilhelm Gasper (1750-1779) arrived in Philadelphia in 1767. There a British official changed his name to William Jasper. After working as an indentured servant for a few years, he moved to South Carolina. He joined the South Carolina militia in order to earn enough money to bring his Pennsylvania girlfriend down to live with him. He and Elizabeth married soon after her arrival, but then the Revolution in the South flared up. Jasper became a widely known as the hero of a series of battles around Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, SC. He died in 1779 leading a charge against the British breastworks at Savannah. Jasper County is bounded on the northeast by Morgan County and on the south by Jones County. Putnam County forms its eastern boundary while Butts County forms its western boundary. Monroe County is located to the southwest, while Newton County is located to the northwest. Geology and hydrology Jasper County is located in the Piedmont geological region, which is characterized by underlying rock strata of igneous and metamorphicized igneous rock. The terrain consists of rolling hills and, stream valleys. Seasonal or permanent wetlands parallel many of its streams. These are relatively narrow bands of soggy terrain that provide ecological diversity for animal and plant life. The top soils are thin over most hills and...

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