Cynthia Ann Parker

Cynthia Ann Parker

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  • Parker's Fort
  • My names is Cynthia Ann Parker I was originally from Virginia, then moved to Kentucky and later Texas in the early 1830's and established Parker's fort on the edges of the Comanche frontier.
  • On May 19, 1836 the Comanche and Kiowa attacked the fort killing most of the residents and capturing several women and children. Among the Captives were myself being 9 years old and my brother John.
  • Not long after 1840 I married the Comanche war chief Peta Nocona and I had my first son Quanah Parker, who was the last great war chief of the Comanche.
  • About a year later a group of Comanche women, Mexican slaves, and I were at a "meat camp" which was where they killed and preserved meat for the winter, when we were attacked by Texas Rangers led by captain Sul Ross. 
  • Years later my husband died of an infected battle wound and my daughter, Topsannah and I were returned to my Uncle, Isaac Parker, I tried several times to escape back to her Comanche family but I was returned back to my uncle each time. The loss of my husband and old Comanche life took a toll on me.
  • With my return the Texas legislature voted to give me $100 dollars a year for five years. I learned to speak English and tried to adapt to the ways of a regular Texas women by learning to weave and cook but the whole time i wanted to return to my home teepee. My daughter died in 1864 and with my spirit so broken and being a social misfit among the other women I refused to eat and starved myself to death in 1870 at age 64.
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