Cynthia Ann Parker

Cynthia Ann Parker

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  • Cynthia Ann Parker was originally born from Virginia and later moved to Kentucky. They built Parker's fort on the borders of the Commanche Frontiers. 
  • On the date of May 19, 1836, Commanche and Kiowa tribes attacked the forts killing many people and capturing many women and children. One of the children captured was Cynthia Ann Parker. 
  • Colonel Len William visited a Commanche camp near the Canadian River. He noticed Cynthia Ann Parker and wondered if he could trade her out, however, the Commanche blatantly refused. But, he did get a chance to speak to her, which failed because she did not care to speak to the man. 
  • Soon, she married a Commanche war chief named Peta Nocona. Although most Commanche men had several wives, Nocona only had one; Cynthia Ann Parker. She was then asked if she was wanting to return to her white family, but she then specified that she will refuse to leave her husband and children behind. 
  • Cynthia Ann Parker was unfortunately returned to her uncle Issac Parker. She was desperate for returning back to her Commanche home and teepee, and she longed to see her family. Her white family attempted to teach her the ways of white women, but she continuously asked to go back, but they refused. When she realized her daughter Topsannah died in 1864, she refused to eat and died of starvation in 1870.  
  • Cynthia Ann Parker was buried in Henderson, County, Texas. Her son was desperate to have her moved near Fort Sill. Luckily, she was moved to Fort Sill and in addition to that, Quanah Parker had his last request fulfilled; he was buried next to his mother come upon his death.  
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