Cynthia Ann Parker

Cynthia Ann Parker

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  • Cynthia Ann Parker was born to Lucy and Silas M. Parker sometime between June 2, 1824 and May 31, 1825 in Crawford Country, Illinois.
  • When she was around 9 or 10, her family moved to Central Texas, and built fort Parker by the Navasota River. On May 19, 1836,  Comanches - along with a couple Kiowas and Kichais- attacked the Fort and killed many. The Comanches took 5 prisoners, including Cynthia. 
  • After many years of living with the Comanches, Cynthia married Peta Noncona in 1840. Also, she had children, including the later Comanche chief, Quannah Parker. 
  • Cynthia stayed with the Indians for a total of  25 years, and eventually, became a Comanche. Later, friends and family asked her to come back, but she loved her husband and children too much to leave. 
  • Later on, her husband died of a battle wound, and she and her daughter moved back in with her uncle Isaac Parker. Often, Cynthia tried to escape and go back to the Comanches, but was returned to her family every time. 
  • Eventually, Cynthia took in the white woman ways of life. She learned to cook and weave. Her daughter died of health issues in 1864. After this, Cynthia was heartbroken, and starved herself to death in 1870.
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