Jasper W. Muir was the son of William Locke Muir and Mary E. Hester, born December 11, 1828, in Clark County, Indiana. His family moved to Nelson County, Kentucky, the next year. Jasper and Mary Elizabeth Wickliffe were married about 1850 and had six sons before her death in 1868: Nathaniel Wickliffe, William Logan, Joseph Halstead, Jasper W. Jr., Charles Wickliffe and James D., who lived only eight months. Nine years after Mary Muir’s death Jasper married a widow, Florida Sloan Talbott. The couple had three children: Joseph A., Mary and Henry Louis Muir. William Logan Muir and James D. Muir predeceased their father.
Thursday, April 11, 1907
Hon. Jasper W. Muir Dies at Bardstown
Pioneer Lawyer of Nelson County Passes Away In His Eighty-fourth Year
Bardstown, Ky., April 10 – Hon. Jasper W. Muir died at his residence here at an early hour this morning as a result of a stroke of apoplexy suffered three years ago. He was eighty-four years old and was one of the most prominent men in this community. He was a pioneer lawyer of the Bardstown bar, having been a partner of the celebrated Ben Hardin when that lawyer was at the height of his fame. Mr. Muir was a veteran of the Mexican War, was formerly school superintendent of Nelson County, and was a member of the last constitutional convention. He relinquished the practice of law about thirty years ago, and since that time had been engaged in the banking business. He was one of the wealthiest men in Nelson County. He is survived by his widow and seven children, one of whom is Mrs. Mary Hagan, wife of Robert J. Hagan, of Louisville. The funeral will take place Friday afternoon.