1917 Harper List

The so-called 1917 Harper List of graves in the Indian Agency Cemetery is shown below. Copies of this list are legible, but barely so. Every effort has been made to correctly decipher the names, but there is a chance for error.

The list surfaced in November 1955 when Arthur R. Lawrence, a well-known local historian, provided a copy to Gillett Griswold, Curator of the Fort Sill Museum and Archives. Mr. Lawrence obtained the list from Rev. Robert P. Chaat, presumably from the Dutch Reformed Comanche Mission’s church records. The juxtaposition of this document’s discovery and the fact that the Quartermaster Corps had covered the grave slabs about a year earlier presents a curious circumstance. Morris Swett’s memorandum regarding the cemetery and the covering of the in-ground concrete grave slabs predated November 1955, but the memorandum acknowledges the 1917 Harper List’s existence, albeit that it was yet to be discovered.

It must be presumed the Quartermaster Corps may have used the 1917 Harper List and, perhaps, some combination of other then available information to inscribe the concrete grave slabs with the names. Obviously, the inscriptions do not match with exactness the names identified in the 1984 Fort Sill Museum’s discoveries.

The lists differ in the spelling of the names, but that is not something unusual. The significant difference is the 1984 study reveals 6 identified graves[1] and 44 unknown graves not shown on the 1917 Harper List. Harper had great difficulty seeing the graves as the cemetery was in poor condition.  When the Quartermaster Corps set out to place the concrete slabs in the ground they were able to find these additional markers with names. This presents a solid case for the fact that some sort of markers were in place prior to the Corps’ work.

December 15, 1917

Cemetery List

  1. Karty’s sister
  2. Karty’s brother
  3. Mrs. Kate Karty’s four children
  4. Emily Naiyah
  5. Comastie
  6. Casper Tissoyo’s three children. First child’s name, Mary. Other names unknown.
  7. Mary Buffalo’s child, Amos Tabbytite.
    • This body to be moved, by permission of command officer and health authorities.
  8. Potstoyeh
  9. Docabeta
  10. Terseyaka
  11. Pasoyo
  12. Casper Tissoyo’s child
  13. Nora
  14. Chaljobea
  15. Lizzie Mullen
  16. Habesta
  17. Macell
  18. Aykodrop
  19. Dick
  20. Wamakin
  21. Kohapope
  22. Cequah
  23. Tuquoah
  24. Kowanoid
  25. Chasonebeta
  26. Nokeke
  27. Popepiky
  28. Child, no name
  29. Child, no name
  30. Big Medicine Man
  31. Blanche Maddox
  32. Jimmie
  33. Small baby, no name
  34. Mo cho rook
  35. Disawake
  36. Nabo
  37. Tadasomo
  38. Wama
  39. Dako
  40. Tocas
  41. Chi co ny
  42. Poetah
  43. Wothkebitty
  44. Tananewape
    1. Maquernerita
  45. Sarah
  46. Tupsewyapah
  47. Hanita Carosa
  48. Naha
  49. Child, no name
  50. Child, no name
  51. Naho, Tabeyah
  52. Noanonsoho
  53. Parker Erkernaschape
  54. Tamecha
  55. )
  56. ) Clark twins
  57. Motudoa
  58. Wapakoah
  59. Esarooah
  60. Wyepa
  61. Karno’s boy
  62. No name
  63. Woeddie
  64. Tiebo

It is exceedingly difficult to check up the names as we would like to. Have talked with men who were here long ago, and have done best we could. Cemetery was begun 22 years ago, and was closed some ten years ago. So, many locations have been forgotten.

We suggest that names be put on stones without division into syllables. Thus Wo-ed-die should read Woeddie.

Respectfully,

(Richard H. Harper)
Missionary

[1] No. 24, Wapakeah; No. 38, Wamakin; No. 58, Neouiadity; No. 80, Nabesta; No. 81, Macell; and No. 92, Woosuwan. Back to Reading