Henry was born about 1864.
His Hocąk name was given as NeePayONihKah, which transliterates as Nipeonįka, of obscure meaning. However, the double /e/ is probably a misreading of the letter /u/, which would give us NuPayONihKah. This name is Nųpehonįga, from nųpe, "two"; honį́, "to hunt for, search for"; and -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names. This name would mean, "He Hunts for Two".
"Henry was the learned man of the [camping] party, and could read and write English fairly well." (Skavlem)
1895 — "Until within the last few years a small band of (Winnebago) from the northern part of the state have wintered here, but in the spring of 1895 they broke up camp for the last time and Koshkonong knows them no more. Their camp or village numbered five lodges and their band was composed of the members of three separate families. These were Charlie Decorah and his squaw. Charlie was about 50 years old, and the "medicine man" Moses Decorah, squaw and three papooses; Henry Decorah and squaw. Henry was the learned man of the party, and could read and write English fairly well; Charlie Green and squaw, and War Club, squaw and one papoose." (Skavlem) 1912 — living with his wife Mary at the Tomah Indian School Agency in Tomah, Monroe County, Wisconsin. (census)
1921 — living in Grand Rapids, Wood County, Wisconsin. Classified as "single" in the census, he is living next to all three of his wives: Mary (listed as a widow), Fannie, (recorded as his wife), and Louisa (also said to be his wife). (census)
1940 — living in Komensky, Jackson County, Wisconsin, with his daughter Nina. (census)
He was still alive at age 74 in Komensky, Jackson County, Wisconsin, so he must have died after 1940. (census)
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