Cynthia Ann Parker

Parker, C

On May 19, 1836, during a raid on Fort Parker on the headwaters of the Navasota River in what is now Limestone County, Comanches seized five captives, including young Cynthia Ann. She remained with the Indians for almost 25 years, forgot white ways, and became thoroughly Comanche. She married Peta Nocona and eventually had two sons, Quanah Parker and Pecos, and a daughter, Topsannah. She was a true pioneer of the American West, whose legacy was carried on by her son Quanah. Serving as a link between whites and Comanches, Quanah Parker became the most influential Comanche leader of the reservation era.