The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906 Page: 60
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child or relative, was the venerable Isaac Parker, for whom Parker
county was named. He hoped to hear of a long-lost niece who was
stolen from Parker's Fort, in Limestone county, May 19, 1836,
by the Comanches. They were emboldened by the confused state
of affairs in the province of Texas during the struggle for inde-
pendence to make an invasion of the unprotected settlements. At-
tacking Parker's Fort, containing thirty-five persons, they killed
all who were able to bear arms and carried several of the women
and children off into captivity, but all the captives had been re-
covered except two, a girl and a boy. Many attempts had been
made to recover these children by the Parker family, and the state
had offered a ransom for them; but all efforts to recover them had
failed, and a quarter of a century had now elapsed since their cap-
The age of the captive woman suited that of the object of Mr.
Parker's search, but such a lapse of time would have transformed
a child of nine beyond recognition in a life of ease; and how much
more in the life of hardship among a roving tribe like the Co-
manches who, like all other savages, make drudges and slaves of
their women! The captive had lost all knowledge of her native
tongue, and maintained a stolid silence when addressed by her
aged uncle. At length he said very distinctly to the interpreter,
"The girl's name was Cynthia Ann." The familiar name aroused
dim recollections of her past life, which time and suffering had
wellnigh obliterated. The moment she heard her name she sprang
to her feet and patting herself on the breast with joy beaming in
her eyes, said excitedly, "Cynthia Ann! Cynthia Ann !" "I was
convinced, says Mr. Parker, "of her identity and that in this poor
creature I saw my long-lost niece."
She returned with her uncle to his honie in the county that
now bears his name. She had an infant with her at the date of
her capture, and had left two other children with the Indians. She
gradually adapted herself to a civilized life, learning to spin,
weave, and sew, and made herself generally useful in domestic
life. It has been said that she was not contented, and more than
once attempted to escape and return to the Indians, but if this
is true, it was because of her desire to recover her other children
-a hope she was often heard to express. But death ended her
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 9, July 1905 - April, 1906, periodical, 1906; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101036/m1/64/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.