William Jasper and Thornton Gray were among the 226 Fairfax County blacks who registered. All 226 cast a ballot for a constitutional convention and all supported Radicals Orrin E. Hine, a Freedmen’s Bureau agent, and Linus M. Nickerson, another nothererner, as Fairfax county’s representatives. In 1869, Jasper and Gray returned to the polls and voted for adoption of the Constitution.
Brian A. Conley, comp. Return to Union: Fairfax County’s Role in the Adoption of the Virginia Constitution of 1870 (Fairfax: Fairfax County Library, 2001), 40-42, and Nan Netherton, Donald Sweig, Janice Artmel, Patricia Hicken, and Patrick Reed, Fairfax County, Virginia: A History (Fairfax: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, 1992), 379.