Šāgᵋnįka Little Claws
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Šāgᵋnįka Little Claws (abt. 1815 - bef. 1900)

Šāgᵋnįka Little Claws
Born about in Wisconsin, Indiana Territory, United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Father of
Died before before about age 85 [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 1 Sep 2020
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Šāgᵋnįka was Ho-Chunk.




Šāgᵋnįka was born about 1815. The date of his birth is purely speculative, based on that of his wife.


The Marriage License of his son, Jacob Russell, states that his father was "Little Claus," clearly a corruption of "Little Claws." In Hocąk, this name would be Šāgᵋnįka, from šāk, "claw, fingernail"; nįk, "little, small"; and -ka, a definite article suffix used in personal names. This is a name that could belong to either moiety.


He passed away before 1900 since his wife is mentioned as the mother of Jacob Russell in the 1900 Federal census but no listing of her husband or his father is found there.


  • 1900 Federal Census, Enumeraton District 187, Winnebago District, Thurston, Nebraska, 7 June 1900, #22.
  • ML — Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-1908. State Library and Archives, Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, Nebraska. For Mary St. Cyr, 21 Dec 1892, Dakota County, Nebraska.

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