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The History of Old Fort Parker

In 1832, Daniel Parker, a staunch theologian, had gained permission to settle in Texas. After organizing those who wanted to go, including joining into the Predestinarian Baptist Church, they left Illinois in July of 1833 in ox-drawn wagons. Daniel and the majority of his followers settled near the present city of Elkhart, where a replica of their Pilgrim Baptist Church still stands in their memory.

Other members of the group preferred to settle farther west, near the Navasota River. Elder John Parker and three of his sons, Silas, James, and Benjamin, began in December of 1833 to clear land and to construct "Parker's Fort."

Old Fort Parker
Old Fort Parker
Old Fort Parker
Cynthia Ann Parker (she has cut her hair to show mourning after being returned to her anglo family)
Old Fort Parker
Cynthia Ann Parker near the end of her life
Old Fort Parker
Silas Mercer Parker, father of Cynthia Ann
Old Fort Parker
Luther Thomas Martin Plummer, husband of Rachel Parker Plummer and father of James Plummer, around the 1890's
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