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Quahna Parker Facts
Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:44 am by Admin
Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 23, 1911

American Folk Figure. He is often referred to as the last Chief of the
Comanches, but the truth of the matter is that the Comanche people never
elected him as a chief. In fact there was no such thing as Chief of the
Comanches. Each band of Comanches had their own chief. After the
surrender of the Comanche …

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Quahna Parker
Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:25 am by Admin

CEDAR LAKEOR LAGUNA SABINAS. Largest Alkali Lake on Plains; old Indian camp and burial site; birthplace of Quanah Parker.
A skirmish between Indians and United States Cavalry under command of
Lieutenant John L. Bullis took place here in October, 1875.


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Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 23, 1911

American Folk Figure. He is often referred to as the last Chief of the
Comanches, but the truth of the matter is that the Comanche people never
elected him as a chief. In fact there was no such thing as Chief of the
Comanches. Each band of Comanches had their own chief. After the
surrender of the Comanche people and their placement on the reservation,
Colonel Ranald S Mackenzie appointed him Chief of Comanches. He was the
son of Peta Nacona, a noted fierce Comanche chief, and Cynthia Ann
Parker, a white woman captured by the Comanches. Quanah refused to sign
the Medicine Lodge Treaty of 1867 and went on a savage eight year war
against the whites. It has been said that he never lost a battle with
the white man during those years. In 1874, he had his closest brush with
death when he was shot twice by buffalo hunters in a battle at Adobe
Wells. In the year 1875 it became very clear to Quanah that the white
people were far too numerous and too well armed to be defeated.
Mackenzie sent Jacob J. Sturm, a physician and post interpreter, to
solicit Quanah's surrender. Sturm found Quanah, whom he called "a young
man of much influence with his people," and pleaded his case. Quanah
rode to a mesa, where he saw a wolf come toward him, howl and trot away
to the northeast. Overhead, an eagle "glided lazily and then whipped his
wings in the direction of Fort Sill." This was a sign, Quanah thought,
and on June 2, 1875, he and his band surrendered at Fort Sill in
present-day Oklahoma. The Comanches were placed on a reservation in
southwestern Oklahoma The reservation agents saw it as their duty to
eliminate all Native American cultures and replace them with the ways of
the white man. Quanah refused to give up his multiple wives and to
cease the use of peyote. He also negotiated grazing rights with Texas
cattlemen, and he invested in railroads. After his appointment as chief,
the older chiefs resented his youth and particularly resented his white
blood. When he signed the Jerome Agreement in 1892, the tribe was split
into two factions; those who thought all that could be done had been
done; and those who blamed Parker for selling their country. He invested
wisely, owned a large, beautiful home in Cache, Oklahoma known as the
Star House. He had five wives and twenty-five children. He was the
wealthiest Indian in the United States. He was highly respected by white
people and hunted with Theodore Roosevelt. When he died in 1911, he was
buried next to his mother and sister in the Post Oak Cemetery in
Oklahoma. In 1957, all three bodies were relocated to the Chief's Knoll
in the Fort Sill Cemetery, in Lawton, Oklahoma. (bio by: Tom Todd)

Family links:
Peta Nocona (1820 - 1864)
Cynthia Ann Parker (1827 - 1870)

Weckeah Parker (____ - 1923)*
Chony (1863 - 1913)*
To-Nar-Cy (1864 - 1931)*
Topay (1870 - 1963)*

Goverson Parker*
Lena Parker*
Cynthia Ann Parker Cox (1873 - 1946)*
Wanada Parker Page (1887 - 1970)*
Baldwin Parker (1887 - 1963)*
White Parker (1887 - 1956)*
Mary Pache Parker Clark (1890 - 1952)*
Alice Parker Purdy (1894 - 1971)*
Kelsey Topay Parker (1899 - 1921)*

*Point here for explanation

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Fort Sill Post Cemetery

Comanche County
Oklahoma, USA

Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001

Find A Grave Memorial# 1371
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Blue bells grow across north central Texas, and so I will remember you and your people when I see them.
Judy Soriano

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to you quanah rip for my great grandmother who was a parker

[color:81f7=666666]Added: May. 31, 2011

I like the photo of Parker on horseback, that is Mount Scott in the background, I spent many a day in that area as a kid!

[color:81f7=666666]Added: May. 25, 2011

Upon the windswept prairie of West Texas in Gaines
County lies a large salt lake that was well known to visitors and early
settlers alike as a famous campground for the people known as the

In the year 1852, on the banks of this vast alkaline Laguna, a great American Legend named Quanah Parker was born.

The location was always very important in historical times as it was
believed to be a sacred burial ground for powerful leaders of many
various tribes - going back in time for many thousands of years,
according to archeologists who have studied the area's unique history.

Kwanah's name, according to many, is translated to mean "Sweet Smell" or
as some historians say "a bed of flowers" which may refer to a spring
time birth. The baby was the son of a white captive woman named Cynthia
Ann and her husband the famous Petu Nocona (he who travels alone and
returns) of the Noconi band.

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Cynthia Ann (Naudah) & Prairie Flower (Totsiyaa)

Nocona was in fact the son of a man Pohebits Quasho, otherwise known as
Iron Jacket, whom was known to wear the armor of a Spanish Knight into
battle, and he was in fact documented by many as being a fearless
warrior and a well respected chieftain of his people.

During the years of Kwanah's youth, the Numunuh, famous for making
long-distance raids, were at war with the Texans and many settlers and
pioneers were killed for encroaching upon lands that did not belong to

"The People" as they are known were supreme Horsemen and are quite
possibly the greatest mounted warriors known in all of history. This is
mainly due to their prowess and skill at war.

During the continual skirmishes of these troublesome times, Kwanah's
mother and his little sister were in fact re-captured by Texas Rangers,
Sul Ross and Charles Goodnight, about the time when the boy was around 8
years old.

This event happened at a campsite in a place known as Mule Creek which is a tributary of the Pease River near Crowell, Texas.

My own grandmother often spoke to me and other members of my family of
visiting this location in her youth, and the location was as a result
very well known to our people.

In my grandmother's early days, the area was known for having a cedar
stump which marked the exact location of where Cynthia was taken by the
Rangers in December of 1860.

It had been reported at that time in official reports, that her husband Nocona was killed during this massacre at Mule Creek.

However, this was later refuted by Kwanah who testified that the man
killed at that time was a man named Nobah, and that in fact his father
had actually lived for several years after the attack, and was buried in
a secret location in the Antelope Hills.

His mother Cynthia, after being re-captured never embraced white
society, and after the death of her daughter she would no longer eat
food or drink water. It has been said that she died of a broken heart.

Over the years Kwanah proved himself to be a brave warrior and after the
death of his father was known to have lived with Horseback's Band.

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The People utilized an advanced system of war paths that extended
from the Arkansas River in Southwestern Colorado, via Kansas southward,
over 1000 miles deep into Mexico.

This vast land became known as Comancheria, and to enter this area without being invited was considered as an act of war and intruders were quite simply killed.

In June of 1867, the United States sought to make peace with the tribes
of the region and organized a great council at Medicine Lodge Creek

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Thousands of Indians among the Numunuh and Kiowa attended these
councils, and were represented by many famous and well known
individuals. A treaty was at that time signed by the majority of those

Kwanah refused to sign the treaty, and indicated that before he and his
band would surrender to the white man, that the soldiers would have to
come out on the plains and whip them.

A year after the treaty was signed by many, Kwanah was one of nine whom
joined Tohausen's Kiowa war party and they quickly began undertaking
raids in Chihuahua.

Shortly after returning from these raids, during a council with Asahabi
and Tabbenanica, a war party was organized to attack white settlers
below the Red River.

The war party attacked quite a number of settlements near Gainsville and began returning home with many horses and mules.

Soldiers apparently caught up with the war party and the leader named
Bear's Ear was killed in the attack. During the confusion surrounding
his death, Kwanah quickly took action and instructed the braves to drive
the horses north of the river which in fact proved to have saved many
lives of his companions.

It was at this time that he was now viewed as intelligent and decisive,
with excellent leadership skills, and was chosen that night to become
the paraiboo of their particular band of Kwahada.

During these times his band was known to live at Double Mountain in
Scurry County, and they later settled on the Conchos River.

After a few years, Buffalo Hunters who were in fact encouraged by the US
Army began arriving in the region, and began to slaughter millions of
the great beasts.

The government hoped that the remaining free Natives would be forced to
live on the reservations, as the Buffalo were vital to the needs of the

As a result, no effort was made to stop the slaughter by the Buffalo
Hunters who were in fact mostly made up of army scouts, although such
actions were a direct treaty violation.

These violent acts gave rise to a prominent Medicine Man named Esa-Tai
who was greatly respected by many, and he quickly began to organize
quite a number of bands to make war upon the white man.

A Sun Dance was held at Elk Creek which it was agreed that a great
attack would be made on the hunters at Adobe Walls in which all camped
there would be killed.

Many fighting men from among the Kiowa, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Apache and Sioux united together and agreed to attack those that was held responsible for the slaughter of their sacred Buffalo.

The War Party was made up of somewhere around 500 men and upon arriving
at the walls, they attacked, and what has become known as the Buffalo
War had begun.

Apparently the element of surprise was taken from the attacking band of
raiders when a beam of the bunkhouse sheltering the residents at adobe
walls was believed to have broken.

As a result of a sharp crack, the hunters were awakened by a loud noise
prior to the attack and were consequently not taken unawares by

The attack ultimately failed after Kwanah and several other raiders were
wounded via the rifle fire of the hunters who had barricaded themselves
within the adobe structures, and the Indians as a result was unable to
overrun the trading post.

Between the years of 1874-1875 over sixteen battles were fought in what became known as the Red River War.

To learn more about the Red River War and Adobe Walls, please visit my page on Amarillo TX.

In June of 1875, Kwanah decided to take his remaining people to live on
the reservation after he received word from General Mackenzie that all
Numunuh who did not immediately surrender would be exterminated.

After being promised that he and his people would be treated fairly, he
and the remaining 450 or so people came to Oklahoma Territory to
establish themselves on the reservation.

After arriving to Oklahoma, Kwanah was appointed to regulate the affairs
of the people and he also served as a Sheriff and later a tribal court

Times were very difficult for the people during these hard years, and
Kwana fought hard to protect the rights and lands belonging to his
people and gained the respect and friendship of such men as President
Theodore Roosevelt who often would go hunting with him.

In 1884, a town in Hardeman County was named for him and while visiting
after being invited to speak, he gave the following blessing:

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Kwanah passed away in February of 1911. Over four thousand people
attended his funeral. The US Government erected a Red Granite monument
that was placed over his grave in appreciation.

The monument says:

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