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Jasper County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 9,698. Jasper County was created on February 15, 1831. The county seat is Newton. The county is named for Sergeant William Jasper (1750-1779), a Sergeant of the American Revolutionary War.
Jasper County was named for William Jasper, a Sergeant of the Revolution who, during the action in Charleston
harbor, replaced the flag shot away at Fort Moultrie, and later was killed at Savannah in 1779.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Jasper County was created on February 15, 1831 (Laws, 1831, p. 51) and was formed from Clay and Crawford Counties.
County organization was completed on December 19, 1834. Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in: Crawford
County (1816-1831), Clay County (1824-1821), Edwards County (1815-1816), Madison County (1812-1815), Randolph County
(1803-1812), St. Clair County (1801-1812) and Knox, Northwest Territory (1790-1801).
The County was named for William Jasper, a Sergeant of the Revolution who, during the action in Charleston harbor, replaced the flag shot away at Fort Moultrie, and later was killed at Savannah in 1779. The County Seat is Newton (1835-Present).
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 498 square miles (1,290 km2), of which, 494 square miles (1,280 km2) of it is land and 4 square miles (9 km2) of it (0.73%) is water.
Jasper county is located in southeast Illinois. Sam Parr State Fish
and Wildlife Area and Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area are
located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Jasper County is largely served by Jasper County Community Unit School District 1, which is based in its county seat, Newton. Five of the district's six schools are located in and mostly serve juvenile residents of Jasper County. Saint Thomas Catholic School is a Private Elementary school, also in Newton