In Memoriam C.A.P.  LbNA # 33432

Placed DateJul 26 2007
LocationPoynor, TX
Planted ByFrankston Native    
Found By Lighthouse Luvin Mom
Last Found Jan 9 2010
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Foster Cemetery is the first burial place of Texas legend Cynthia Ann Parker, who was captured in an Indian raid on Fort Parker (named for her family), in 1836. Several settlers were killed and four other captives were taken, but returned within six years to their families. Only Cynthia remained with her captors, the Commanches, for some twenty-five years. During her captivity she forgot her white ways and was assimilated into Commanche culture, becoming completely loyal to her adopted parents. Although many attempts were made to ransom her by her original family, the Commanches refused. Then, in 1860, a band of Texas Rangers, under the command of Sul Ross, attacked a Commanche encampment, discovered her, and returned her to her family. Longing for her Indian way of life and children left behind, she attempted many times to escape from her white family, but was always caught and taken back home. Consequently she was shuffled among kin as she was often depressed. At her sister’s home near the Henderson/Anderson county line she was informed that three of her children died only months apart in 1863. Afterwards she often refused to speak or eat and died in 1870 at the age of 43. She was buried in Foster or “Fosterville” Cemetery first, but in 1910 her son, Chief Quannah Parker, moved her remains to the Post Oak Cemetery near Cache Oklahoma. Later, after Quannah died, she was moved again to Fort Sill Oklahoma and buried beside him.

Directions to box:

Take US highway 175 to Poynor and turn south on FM 315 toward Brushy Creek. Drive 2.8 miles and turn left on Anderson County road 478. At the turn-off you will see a brown historical marker sign pointing the way to Foster Cemetery. Follow the paved road (AnCo 478) approximately 1.2 miles to cemetery. Note: After crossing the second cattle guard on the paved road, begin to look left through the field for the cemetery entrance lest you miss it.

Find Cynthia Ann Parker’s original grave in the center of the cemetery marked by a rock monument and a small oak tree. From there look toward the back center of the cemetery for a massive cedar tree about 30 steps from the historical marker. From the cedar tree walk 13 steps to a double pine located on the fence line and in line with the huge cedar and the entrance sign. Find a safe place to cross the barbed wire fence and look for the box behind this double pine covered in debris. Please recover exactly as found.