Cynthia Ann Parker

Cynthia Ann Parker
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  •  When Cynthia (far right) was 10 her and her family moved to Central Texas and built Fort Parker (fort behind them) near Navasota River, what is now Limestone County.
  • On May 19, 1836 a group of Comanche an Kiowa warriors attacked Fort Parker and killed several inhabitants and held captive five hostages including Cynthia Ann Parker. The other four were eventually released.
  • Cynthia Ann Parker lived with the Comanches for over 25 years and forgot the white ways. She also married a Comanche chief and had 3 children. Also, when invited to come back to her white family, she refused.  
  • On April 29, 1846, a newspaper article describes an encounter with Colonel Leonard G. William´s trading party with Cynthia Ann, who was camping with the Comanches. Despite his offers, tribal elders refused to let her go. By then she was a full-fledged member of the Comanches and was married to a Comanche warrior.
  • On December 18, 1860, Texas Rangers attacked a Comanche hunting camp at Mule Creek. During the raid, the captured 3 Comanches. Col. Issac Parker identified one of the hostages as his niece,Cynthia. Cynthia accompanied her uncle, to Birdville, on the condition that when her sons were found that they would be brought to her.  
  • She was never reconciled to live in a white society and made several unsuccessful attempts to run away to her Comanche family. After three months of living in Birdville, her brother, Silas, took her to his home in Van Zandt County. She later moved to her sister's place. Cynthia Ann Parker later died in 1864.
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