Dan and Amanda (Mandy) Jasper were my 2nd Great Grandparents on my Mother’s side of the family. Dan Jasper was born in 1863 in Alabama to the parents of Robert (born 1806 in South Carolina) and Nancy Jasper (born 1827 in North Carolina). By 1870, Robert and Nancy relocated to Quitman, MS.
In 1880, at the age of 17 years old, Dan Jasper was a laborer and a single Black man. In 1887, Dan Jasper married Mandy Portis also from Quitman, MS. They had nine children together, of which Eva Jasper was my great-grandmother. More on Eva below.
Let me pause and talk a little about Dan Jasper. In my genealogy research, I was able to find that Dan Jasper secured 40 acres of land! See the certificate of land registration below.