Quanah PARKER Laura Ne-dah PARKER Len Nehio PARKER Thomas Tit-tah PARKER  A-ER-WUTH-TAKE-UM Mini tree diagram

Esther Sunrise PARKER2,1,3

about 18871 - UNKNOWN

Life History

about 1887

Born in Comanche Reservation, Oklahoma Territory.1




  • In the 1905 Comanche census, Esther is listed in a family group byherself, right after the first entry for the family, her father Quanahand his wife To-nar-cy, one of Esther's mother's in the extendedfamily of 7 wives.

    1905 Indian Census Rolls, Comanche Tribe, Oklahoma, 30 June, KiowaAgency, Comanche Tribe, Page 22
    Ind Name Quanah Eng Name Quanah Parker Male Husband age 64
    Ind Name To-nar-cy  Female Wife age 41
    (on a separate line as a family by herself:)
    Eng Name Esther Parker Female  age 18

    Her mother is listed farther down, as the last wife of 6 that arereported here.

    From the Find-a-Grave memorial of Esther's mother A-er-with-take-um:

    "Born in the old Oklahoma Territory, Aer-wuth-tak-um had four childrenby Quanah Parker, three of whom survive her. They are Tom Parker andLynn Parker, of south of Apache, and a daughter, Mrs. Neda Birdsong ofCache. A second daughter, Esther Sunrise, preceded her in death."
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #52037110,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=52037110

    Note that though the memorial states that she was born in OklahomaTerritory, there was no such political or geographical entity by thatname until 1890, when the United States established OklahomaTerritory.  This territory included previous Indian areas, includingthe Comanche, Apache and Kiowa reservation where Quanah Parker hadagreed to settle with his people.  This was in the area of ComancheCounty, Oklahoma.

    This area that was incorporated into Oklahoma had previously been apart of the free area of the Comanches, referred to as Comancheria,which covered lands in Texas and northern Mexico until the finalbattles with the United States and the State of Texas that confinedQuanah and other resistance fighters in the High Plateau (StakedPlains) of Northwest Texas, until his surrender, after losing nobattles to the white men.

    The Oklahoma Territory existed until December 1907, when the State ofOklahoma was established, incorporating and basically wiping out theprevious Nations of Indian Territory.  Treatied rights and limitationscontinued under a joint sovereignty with the State of Oklahoma and theUnited States, and the various Nations came to greater prominence onlylater in the 20th century. Details of the sovereignty of each Nationover its members varied according to the various treaty provisions andlater concessions by the US government.

    See more details about Oklahoma Territory in the following article:
    --  "Oklahoma Territory," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History andCulture,http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/O/OK085.html


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