During the period 1850 through the 1880s, when early settlers were moving into Texas, there were many children killed or kidnapped by both the Apache and Comanche Indians. One of the earliest and best known captives was Cynthia Anne Parker, who was captured in 1836 by the Comanche Indians when she was only 12 years old. (I’ve written several columns about her life as a captive and how she is the ancestor of Doug and Zack Parker of Seguin.)

She was rescued in 1860 by Texas Rangers under Capt. Sul Ross. Her family welcomed her back but she couldn’t adjust to the white family’s way of life after living as a Comanche for 24 years. She had married Peta Nocona, a young Comanche chief, and they had three children — two sons, Quanah and Pecos, and a daughter Prairie Flower (Topsana).

Floyd McKee is a native of Seguin. He is a retired Air Force Colonel and eight of his ancestors were among the 33 Rangers that organized and developed Walnut Springs and Seguin.

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