Sheriff Jesse Sunday

Sheriff Jesse Sunday

Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Tribal Police

End of Watch Tuesday, September 21, 1897

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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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My GG Grandfather was Dave Ridge. The half brother of Jesse Sunday (GG Uncle)
and incoming Sheriff that was killed as well. Dave Ridge was married to Caroline Parris “Callie” (GG Aunt) together they had 5 children. He also fathered a son with Callie’s younger sister, Triphenia “Phenie” Parris, (GG Grandna) This Son, was my G Grandfather, John Ridge Bean . He was 4 when Dave Ridge was killed. His mother, Phenie, married Robert Bruce Bean Jr. (RB) Robert adopted my G grandfather and gave him his last name, Bean. Cherokee Rolls list him as John Ridge., 3/8 Cherokee by blood.

Callie Parris went on to marry Thomas Beavert, they had one child. Lucy

Dave Ridge and Jesse Sunday shared the same mother, Nellie Baldridge Jesse Sunday was 9 years older than his brother, Dave Ridge. They were burred together in the nearby cemetery. Such a tragic event for all involved. I read Callie’s Dawes Roll interview regarding tribal enrollment for her and her fatherless children. She was put through 9 kinds of hell during the process. Sunday was 44 and Ridge was 35. They will be remembered always

Mrs Rhonda McKay
GG Niece of Jesse Sunday GG Granddaughter of Dave Ridge

July 24, 2019

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