Cynthia Ann Parker's Story

Cynthia Ann Parker's Story

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  • We would like to propose a trade.
  • Cynthia Ann Parker was born in 1825, her parents were Lucy and Silas Parker. When Cynthia was about 9 years old, in the early 1830's, her family moved to Kentucky Texas. They then established and built Fort Parker. 
  • This is my real home and family. I want to stay with my loving husband and son.
  • Would you like to return to your real family and home?
  • Unfortunately, on May 19, 1836, a large force of Comanches and Kiowa Indians attacked the fort. The Indians killed many people, and captured numerous women and young children. Cynthia Ann, and her brother, John, were captives of the Quahada Band. The Quahada Band was the most warlike of all the Comanche bands.
  • Never thought I would see this place again. I miss Peta, and my teepee.
  • Later, in 1840,  a trader group including Len Williams came across a Comanche Camp on the Canadian River. They laid eyes upon Cynthia, and they proposed to trade for her. The Comanche refused the trade, but allowed the trader to speak to Cynthia. She refused to talk with him, she was either afraid, forgot her language, or didn't want to speak at all. 
  • Not long after the trader came to the camp, Cynthia married a Comanche war chief, Peta Nocona.  In 1855,  another group of white hunters came upon the camp. One of the hunters asked Cynthia if she wanted to return to her real family, but she kindly refused. She told him that the camp was her home. She couldn't leave her loving husband, and her oldest son, Quanah Parker. 
  • A year later, Peta had died. It was said that he died when there was an attack by Texas Rangers at the meat camp led by Captain Sul Ross, but that was untrue. He was leading a raiding party miles away, and died from an infected wound by the battle years later. Cynthia's heart was crushed, and she was returned with her daughter to her white family.
  • Slowly, Cynthia started breaking down because she missed her husband and her Comanche family. Cynthia tried to learn English, and adapt to the ways of a regular white woman by cooking and weaving, but she longed to be back at the camp. She then began loosing her health, as did her daughter, Topsannah. Topsannah died in 1864. Cynthia's spirit broke, and she starved herself to death in 1870. Quanah Parker died in 1911, and was buried right next to his mother. 
  • Rest in peace Cynthia Ann Parker, and Quanah Parker
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