Family History: Thomas Chilton Jasper

Thomas Chilton Jasper, known as TC, was born in Middleburg, Casey, Kentucky, USA on 11 Jan 1844. He was the son of Oliver Perry Jasper and Cyrenna T. Chesney. TC was a farm labourer on his parent’s property In Pulaski, Kentucky as a young man. On the 13 Sep 1862, he enlisted with the Company C, 6th Regiment Confederate Cavalry. TC was a Union Prisoner of War after being captured at Cheshire, Ohio on 20 Jul 1863. He was incarcerated at Camp Chase, Ohio and later transferred to Camp Douglass, Illinois on 20 Aug 1863. He was paroled at Camp Douglass and forwarded to Point Lookout, Maryland, for exchange on the 20 Feb 1865. On returning from the Civil War he became a school teacher.

In 1873 he married Mary Wilmont Jones. TC and Mary established a very prosperous General Store in Mount Salem, Kentucky and by 1887, the family had moved to Plano, Texas. In July 1887, TC organised the Plano's first National Bank, investing $40,000 of the $50,000 required. He became a cashier and would work in this position for 25 years. TC was a very prominent figure within the Plano community. He owned numerous businesses and co-founded the Plano Cotton Oil Company in 1902. He was involved in many ventures. Starting the "44 Club", heavily involved with the Church, was a member of the Lions and Masons. In 1994, T.C Jasper High School in Plano was named in his honour. Thomas died on 1 Jun 1924.

"44 Club" T. C Jasper, front row, first left.  (photo credit: http://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/ux/id/73/rec/20)

"44 Club" T. C Jasper, front row, first left.  (photo credit: http://glhtadigital.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/ux/id/73/rec/20)