Chief Green Jacket

Chief Green Jacket

Birth
Utah, USA
Death 1874 (aged 59–60)
Tooele County, Utah, USA
Burial Barro, Tooele County, Utah, USA
Plot Only grave at site
Memorial ID 11088132 · View Source
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A wooden marker reads: "Chief Greenjacket. A Friend of Boys. BSA Troop 489, GSL (Greater Salt Lake) Council, 11-58 (November 1958)." The grave is located on private property, and permission must be received from the Mitchell family prior to entry. Greenjacket died when he about sixty years of age.

Chief Greenjacket was a chief of a local tribe of Goshute Indians that lived south of the current town of Vernon. When the Bennion family moved into the area to establish a cattle and sheep ranch, about 1863, the father, Israel Bennion, was befriended by the Goshutes. Chief Greenjacket informed them that their original ranch site was unsuitable in winter, and that it was likely they would all die if they stayed there. He guided them to a valley where the Bennion Ranch is today. Greenjacket was considered as the equal of any white person in tact, integrity, and sensitivity to others, and his presence among whites gave them reassurance, not fear, of the Goshutes' presence. Under Greenjacket's influence, the Goshutes became good friends with the whites who settled in the area, and relations between whites and Indians were always good. About 1865, he noticed some Ute Indians preparing to kill the families of John Bennion, who had just moved into Bennion Canyon. He got the Utes to change their minds by telling them the whites were under his protection, and then he got them to move to his winter camp where the Goshutes could protect them. The Bennion family would settle near to the Goshute Winter Camp, where their ranch is today. Chief Green Jacket then taught the family how to survive in the hostile desert environment. Settler David Sharp was the last to see Green Jacket alive. In 1874, he saw Greenjacket go up a hill, and Sharp waved at him, but he ignored the salutation. When Sharp asked other Indians that day what was up, he was told that Greenjacket was going off to die. His body was later found on the hill where he is now buried, and is now named for him. (Bio by Kit and Morgan Benson, with the grateful assistance of Frost Bennion Mitchell).


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  • Created by: Kit and Morgan Benson
  • Added: 4 Jun 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11088132
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chief Green Jacket (1814–1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11088132, citing Chief Green Jacket Grave, Barro, Tooele County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Kit and Morgan Benson (contributor 46483611) .