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Cāsépka Blackdeer (1856 - bef. 1905)

Cāsépka Blackdeer
Born in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1876 (to before 1905) in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died before before age 48 in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
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Cāsépka was Ho-Chunk.




Cāsépka was born in Wisconsin in March of 1856. (1900 census)


His Hocąk name was given at the bottom of the page in the 1900 census as Jaw=Sa=ba=Kah (Indv. #9), which is just a highly corrupted form of Cā-sép-ka (< Cāsébᵋka), "Blackdeer", from , "deer"; sep, "dark, black"; -ka, a definite article suffix used in personal names. The black (sep) deer () is the moose. This is a Deer Clan name.

That the progenitor of the present Blackdeer lineage had a unitary clan name, and not an Anglo first and surname, is evident from the transcription of his name as "Blackdeer, Mr." In the handwriting of this census, the letters /M/ and /W/ are quite nearly identical. The succeeding /r/ in "Mr." has generally been misread as an /m/, to which it bears little resemblance. The /r/ is followed with two dots, the intention being to transcribe "Mᴿ̤ " but due to the constraints of space, the two dots are more lateral than subscripted. Therefore the reading "Wᴹ" for "William" is incorrect. Confirmation of this style of orthography is seen on the previous page, where we find "Yankeebill Mˢ̤ " for "Mrs. Yankeebill".


In 1900, Blackdeer and his neighbors were living in a small village of lodges near Brockway, Jackson County, Wisconsin. (1900 census)


Blackdeer married Jane (Nojiwiga) in 1876 when he was 20 years old. (1900 census)


The 1900 Federal census and the 1905 Wisconsin census record the following children of Blackdeer and his wife Jane:

Pinkey (b. 1878 or 1880) m. Andrew Big Soldier (b. 1875)
Lyra Big Soldier (b. 12 August 1904)
Emma (b. 1882)
David (b. 1886)
George (Bird) (b. 1888)
Elsie (b. 1890)
Alice (b. 29 April 1891) m. Charles Hopinkah (b. 1890)
Harold Fred (1893)


In 1905 his wife Jane is listed as "single", and in 1910, as a widow. Therefore, it seems likely that he died between 1900 and 1905.


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