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Chief Charles Bluejacket
  1. Chief Charles Bluejacket1817 - 1897
Facts and Events
Name Chief Charles Bluejacket
Gender Male
Birth? 1817 Monroe County, Michigan, USA
Residence[6] 1832 Indian Territory, United States(in what is now known as Kansas)
Ordination? 1859 became an ordained Methodist minister
Residence[6] 1871 Oklahoma, USA moved to new Indian territory in Oklahoma
Reference Number? Q5075659?
Death? 30 Oct 1897 Bluejacket, Indian Territory, United States
Burial[3] Bluejacket Cemetery, Bluejacket, Craig County, Oklahoma, USA

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Charles Blue Jacket (1817–1897) was a 19th-Century Shawnee chief in Kansas, as well as a Methodist minister.

Charles Blue Jacket was the grandson of the Shawnee Chief Blue Jacket by his son George Blue Jacket. Charles' mother is not known, but believed to have been a Shawnee. His maternal grandmother was the daughter of a Shawnee lady and Jaques Dupéron Baby.

The younger Blue Jacket was born along the south banks of the Huron River in Michigan in what is today Monroe County, Michigan. However, a very short time after Blue Jacket's birth the family moved to Piqua, Ohio.

Blue Jacket was educated in the Quaker School in Piqua and mission schools in Kansas. The Blue Jacket family moved to Kansas in 1833. He served as an interpreter for the United States governor and was a farmer and businessman in what is today Kansas City, Kansas and its vicinity. He raised large numbers of hogs and cattle. Also in 1855 Blue Jacket and two of his brother opened a ferry in that area called Blue Jacket's crossing.

Blue Jacket served as chief of the Shawnee tribe from 1861-1864. Two of his sons served in the Union Army during the American Civil War and one of his daughters-in-law killed one of the raiders under William Quantrill who had invaded her home.

Blue Jacket moved to Oklahoma with most of the other Shawnees in 1869. Blue Jacket, Oklahoma received its name because he settled nearby, and he served as post master there as well as the minister of the Methodist Church in that town.

New York Times - Nov 1, 1897

Chief Bluejacket Dead

The Last of the Famous Line of Shawnee Warriors

Wichita, Kan., Oct. 31. - Chief Charles Bluejacket of the Shawnees died last night at the town named in his honor in Indian Territory. He is mourned as the last of a notable line of chiefs and will have no successor, as the tribe will be ruled by an Executive Council. He was born in Michigan in 1816, and was a friend of Tecumseh and his brother, the Prophet, both noted among Shawnee warriors.

Early in October Chief Bluejacket accepted the invitation of the Wyandotte County Historical Society to revisit Shawnee County and locate for them the grave of the Prophet that they might mark it with a suitable monument. When the aged chief passed through Kansas City he was cheered by thousands of people. The unusual exertions and excitement attending the trip were too much for his feeble health.

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  1.   Pompey, Sherman Lee. The genealogy of Charles Bluejacket, Oklahoma. [19--]. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970).
  2.   Carselowey, James R., in Indian pioneer papers, 1860-1935. (Millwood, New York: Kraus Microform, 1989).

    Sketch of Bluejacket given to Reverend Jacob Spencer

  3. Charles Bluejacket, in Find A Grave.
    Chief Bluejacket, the aged Shawnee chief, left last night for his home at Bluejacket station in the Indian Territory. Chief Bluejacket came to Kansas City about ten days ago for the purpose of locating the grave of the Shawnee Prophet. The chief failed to locate the grave, but he expects to return in the near future to if possible accomplish what he started out to do. He stated last night that two grandchildren of the Prophet, by the names of Mary Bread and Eliza Carpenter live within thirty miles of his home, and he proposes to have them accompany him here the next time. He was the guest of the Wyandotte Historical Society in Kansas, Kas. The Kansas City Journal, Saturday, October 9, 1897
  5.   Walking Stick carved by Charles Bluejacket
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kansas Memory