John Jasper Hicks, Capt.
Co. D 2nd Mississippi Infantry.
Born 6 Feb. 1831 in Hardeman Co., TN to William and Mary "Polly" Cox Hicks. William Hicks died there in 1836 and Mary Polly moved to Tippah Co. MS soon afterwards. About 1845 she married Thomas Elliott.
John Jasper served in Co. D 2nd Mississippi Infantry. He was a Lt. at the battle of Gettysburg. His first cousin, Joseph Jasper Cox was in his Co. and was killed July 3rd, the day of Pickett's charge. John Jasper's grandson, John Boyd McGaughy says Jasper was in the charge and was overseeing his company's retreat when he was shot in the back.
Jasper recovered and a couple of months later filled out the paperwork to settle the account of Joseph Jasper Cox with the Confederate government.
John Jasper later made Captain and was wounded at the Wilderness, May 5, 1864, and disabled.
Jasper married Mary Elizabeth "Bertie" Autry February 16, 1871 in Benton County. They had one daughter, Mary Louisa Hicks born 6 Oct. 1872 married Robert Bell McGaughy.
Jasper was the first Chancery Clerk of Benton County, taking office in 1870. He was also an investor in Col. Wm. C. Falkner's railroad that ran through Ripley.
John Jasper died 8 Nov. 1910.
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