Cynthia Ann Parker and Peta Nacona
Cynthia Parker and Peta Nacona
...my mother died. She was captured by Comanche, 9years old.Love Indian and wildlife so well no want to go back to white folks. All same people , God say . I love my mother .I like white people. Got great heart. I want my people follow after white way , get educated,know work,make living when payments stop . I want my people follow after white way ." I give you Quanah Parker Last Chief of the Comanche . He was born in the year 1850, on Elk Creek just below the Wichita Mountains To the great War Chief Peta Nocona ,who's name in english ment He who Travles Alone and Returns . And to Naudah ( Cynthia Ann Parker ) To them his would be called QUANAH PARKER .
Cynthia Ann Parker was captured at the age of 9 by the Quahada warriors in 1836. She lived with her family , farmers and preachers of the hard shell Baptist fath , in a settlement along the banks of the Navasota River , which later would come to be know as Limestone County , Texas. Cynthia Ann Parker was adopted by a family who grew to love her to much to sell her for ransom . Her foster family were a part of Chief Pa-ha-u-ka's band.
Quanah Parker also had a brother Pee-nah and a sister Prairie Flower . Quanah Parker lived two lives , one as a Comanche Chief and worrier, and one as a true diplomat . They use to say that the only thing that would make a good indian out of Quanah Parker was a fatal bullet . Many whites called him the demon on horseback . In 1875 Quanah Parker gave up his war ways and accepted a cramped , sedentary reservation life .
Quanah Parker had 8 wives and 25 children . They all lived in one home . Which was called Star House . Below I am going to give you some of the family lines from the family historys .
I found a Newspaper article that I would like to share with you . This is the Obituary that was written on the day of his death . Quanah Parker , chief of the Comanches , man amoung men and chieftain amoung chieftains,has gone to the Great Father . He died at his ranch near here at five minutes past noon . Twenty minutes after his return from a visit with the Cheyennes near Harmon Oklahoma . The immediate cause of death was heart failure caused by rheumatism, according to the physician called Dr. J. A. Perisho of Cache . The Chief was dying on the Train comming from Snyder but with primitive stoicism he determined to live untill he reached home. His favorite wife , To-Nicy, by his side ,the dying chief sat quietly , his head bowed and his limbs trembling . When the train reached Cache he arose and walked from the train unaided and sat in the waiting room . Dr Perisho was called and gave him a heart stimulant .and the chief was then rushed to his home in the automobile of his son in law Emmit Cox. He was helped into the house and laied on a couch. He arose unaided while Knox Beal , a white man raised from childhood by the Comanche Chief, took off his outer garments. " Have you any objections to the doctor of the whiteman treating you ? " asked To-pay one of his wives , in Comanche. " No it is good I'm ready " said Quanah . The Indian woman seemed to know the end was near. They motioned to the physician Beal, anda friend to leave the room while " Cotes-E-Wyne " , the Indians ' last resort was administered by Quas-E-I, a medicine man . "Father in heaven this is our brother coming ", prayed the medicine man . Placing an arm about the dying chief , he flapped his hands and imitated the call of the Great Eagle, the messenger of the Great Father Then an eagle bone was thrust in Quanah's throat to open it and To-nicy , his favorite , squirted a mouthfull of water down his throat , He coughed , gasped , moved his lips feebly, and died ,just twenty minutes after his arrival . It had been the Eagles last wish to live untill the marble monument was placed over his mothers grave . Only two weeks before he died , he had seen it in place, and now he layed beside his mother , united with her at last in the bosom of Mother Earth . A spear shaped ceder pointing towards heaven was planted at the head of his grave . A red granite headstone , authorized by Congress , was quarried from the nearby Wichita Mountains . On it was inscribed the following RESTING HERE UNTILL DAYBREAKS AND SHDOWS FALL AND DARKNESS DISAPPEARS IS QUANAH PARKER LAST CHIEF * OF THE COMANCHES BORN 1852 DIED FEB 23,1911
Quanah fed a great many Comanche Indians , had a great herds of cattle, horses in 1890 ,and when he died in 1911 , he did not have many left because he was so generous . Chief in two worlds, he was a Comanche to the last.
I would like to thank both of Quanah Parkers Great Grandsons and Grandson for being here tonight . It is an honor to be with you .