Thursday Cemetery

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Located behind a residence in the 1900 block of Johnstone Place in a fenced in area.
There is a small family burial plot on private property between 18th & 20th streets on Johnstone Place in the south part of Bartlesville. This is the last resting place of Mary Thursday and her son Wild Bill. Mary Thursday was a full-blood Delaware citizen, number 627, known as Nancy Mary Ansen. Her son, Wild Bill, or Na-poo-wha, was born in 1866. They came to the territory and settled about a mile south of the site of early Bartlesville. Her name is recorded as one of the customers of Jacob Bartles on his payroll book, dated 1876. Sometime soon after this, Nancy Mary Ansen married Wallace Thrusday, a Negro man. Her son Wild Bill also married, for the 1904 Delaware Roll shows on page forty-two, Samuel Bob, age 20, and Anna M. Martin, age 24, as children of Na-poo-wha, who was dead. His stone in the Thursday plot says he died on February 7, 1889, at the age of twenty-three years.
Mary Thursday was allotted land in section 13 and 24 in what is now the southern portion of Bartlesville. Her son, having died in 1889, received no allotment, but his daughter, Anna, who married George W. Martin, was allotted forty acres to the north of her grandmother's land. Sam Bob also received an allotment in the same section.

The Thursday home, built of logs, was a well-known landmark for many years, and many old-timers of the area still remember playing ball in the Thursday yard. Mary Thursday died at her home on July 28, 1913. Her stone says she was ninety-four years old, but the records show her to be about sixty-seven years at the time of her death. Burial was made in the family plot on the Thursday farm which was at that time about a mile south of the town. Her obituary in the Bartlesville Enterprise said that Mary Thursday was a full-blood Delaware Indian and a pioneer of Bartlesville. She was a sister of Grandma Whiteturkey who had passed away about a year before. She owned quite an estate which after her death was divided between her husband, Wallace Thursday, and her two grandchildren, Sam Bob and Anna Martin. Wallace Thursday died in 1930 at the age of eighty-one of cerebral hemorrhage and was buried in lot number 125, Block 6 of the White Rose Cemetery.
Taken from Ruby Cranor's book, "Talking Tombstones", pages 45 & 46.


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