William Decorah Sr.
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William Wakąjáconįga Decorah Sr. (1873)

William Wakąjáconįga Decorah Sr.
Born [location unknown]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] in Wisconsin, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Oct 2019
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William Decorah Sr. was a Native American and member of the Ho-Chunk tribe.

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Biography

Name

His Hocąk name is given as WaConChaChoNeeKah, which is for Wakąjáconįga, "First Thunderbird", a personal name in the Thunderbird Clan. It is from Wakąjá, "Thunderbird"; conį, "first, new"; and -ga-, a definite article suffix used in personal names.

Life

William was born in 1873. In numerous censuses, he explicitly uses the suffix "Sr." and on the previous page, his son is found using the suffix "Jr." (cf. 1911 census) He was a young teenager when he fathered his oldest son, William Jr., being only 16 years old. His wife Carrie was 5 years younger (b. 1878), and could hardly have been 11 years old when giving birth, so we must conclude that William Sr. had first been married to another woman.

Sources

  • Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M595, 692 rolls); Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75; National Archives, Washington, D.C. ⬆︎ 1911; Roll: M595_570; Line: 5; Agency: Tomah Indian Ind'l School.


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