Sheriff Jesse Sunday

Sheriff Jesse Sunday

Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Tribal Police

End of Watch Tuesday, September 21, 1897

Jesse Sunday

Sheriff Jesse Sunday succumbed to gunshot wounds received the previous day in the town of Rose, Oklahoma, while attempting to question a man wanted for the murder of a store owner and the Sheriff-elect.

The suspect was taken into custody and convicted of Sheriff Sunday's murder.

The man was originally sentenced to death but the sentence was later commuted to 10 years in prison. He escaped from prison three months later and joined the Army. All charges against him were dropped after he joined the Army.

Sheriff Sunday was sheriff of the Saline District of Cherokee Nation Indian Territory. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Incident Date Monday, September 20, 1897
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentence commuted

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Mark, this is Edward Steele Sunday Jr, age 79. I enjoyed reading your reflections. My grand-father was David Sunday (grand-mother was Nancy Dreadfulwater Sunday) and grandpa Dave may have been Jesse's brother. The Sundays lived East of Locust Grove on old hwy 33 just over the rise from Betsy Downing, whom I also remember and we are related to her...I called her Aunt Betsy. Anyhow...I am not into family history like some are, but I do find it interesting when I find it. I knew Dennis Downing. Fleeta, my wife of 61 years, and I met him when our daughter, Juli Sunday, was Miss Oklahoma sometime last millennium. I do have a cousin who is into the Sunday history and I can give you her email, if she says ok and you would like to have it. My email address is [email protected]

MSGT Ed Sunday Jr
Oklahoma Air National Guard

February 15, 2018

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