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 Austin Greeley Green

Austin Greeley Green

Birth
Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York, USA
Death 19 Oct 1914 (aged 80)
Menan, Jefferson County, Idaho, USA
Burial Annis, Jefferson County, Idaho, USA
Plot Austin Greeley Green
Memorial ID 57385155 · View Source
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SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF AUSTIN GREELEY GREEN
Written by Jane F. Green
Austin Greeley Green was born March 26, 1832 (headstone & my records says b: 1834) at Olean, Cataragus, New York. He was the son of Robert Green and Fanny Greeley Green, the second son in a family of three children, two boys and one girl.

When he grew to manhood he was a large man weighing around 200 pounds. He was very active and a great athlete, joining in the sports of that day such as wrestling, jumping, stick pulling etc. He was also a great mountaineer and trapper.

His parents moved from New York to Michigan. It was while there that the Gospel message was brought to them it made an impression on the family and after investigating its principles they joined the church. The spirit of gathering took possession of them and they sold their belongings and moved to Nauvoo.

When they arrived in Nauvoo and found the unsettled condition of the Saints, the persecutions, mobbing's, etc. They decided to continue their journey west with the Saints. They were placed in the second company to cross the plains, known as the Ira Eldridge Company. Austin was a boy of 15 at that time but he was chosen to drive the cannon known as the "Old Sow" across the plains. The old cannon is still among the pioneer relics in the southeast corner of the temple square.

Their trip was marked with trials and hardships incident to pioneer travel. They reached their destination on September 19, 1847. They built them a home in the city but afterward took up a homestead at South Cottonwood.

One day Austin saw two bulls fighting out on a potato patch. He walked out to where they were and picked up a few potatoes they had dug up which served for seed potatoes for them the next year.

The bench land, where Ft. Douglas is now situated was planted to corn. When the crickets put in their appearance the people made an irrigating ditch all around the field, which was filled with water to keep the crickets away from the corn. If one succeeded in crossing it was Austin's business to kill it with a stick made from a wagon bow.

As the later immigrant trains were on their way to the valley, it was necessary to send help to them and Austin was chosen as a scout to go back and meet them. His special duty was to provide meat for the camp, which he did by killing antelope and deer.



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  • Created by: L Hankins
  • Added: 20 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57385155
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Austin Greeley Green (26 Mar 1834–19 Oct 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57385155, citing Little Butte Cemetery, Annis, Jefferson County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by L Hankins (contributor 47102795) .