Several censuses give Mary's age to imply that she was born in 1855. However, this is a fiction, since the 1910 census, in which she makes this claim, also says that Mary and Sam Decorra were married for 45 years, which would make her 10 years old on her wedding day. Given the 1847 birth date found in most other censuses, she would have been married in 1865 at age 18. Other censuses in which she is paired with her husband Sam or her daughters Fannie and Emma, consistently give her birth date as 1847. Her grave stone records a birth date of 1841 (Find a Grave), however, this may be due to confusing the numeral "7" with "1", which it resembles in cursive writing.
The 1905 census shows that her Hocąk name was HoPatchAWinKah, which is for Hōpajᵋwįga, from hō, "voice"; pac, "woods, grove, forest"; -wį-, a feminine gender infix; -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names. So her name means, "Voice of the Forest", which would be suitable for almost any clan, and was likely a nickname.
Other earlier and later censuses give her name as Ho Jay Cha Win Kah. This is for Hōjēcawįga, "She Wears a Skirt of Fish," presumably a Fish Clan name. It is from hō, "fish"; jē, "to wear as a skirt"; ca, "to wear"; -wį-, a feminine gender infix; -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names.
Her birth order name is given as Uk Se Ka Nee Kah, which is for Aksī́ganįka, probably meaning "Fifth Daughter", since Aksī́ganįka can be analyzed as Aksī́ga, "Third Daughter"; nįk, "little"; and -ka, "the". The nįk is synonymous with xų́nų, both of which mean, "little, small, young". So this tells us that she was the fifth daughter of the Little John family.
Her daughter Emma said, “My mother was Mary Sam Decorah. You see, my father’s name was Sam, so mother was called Mary Sam. My man’s name was John, so I am called Emma John Decorah.” (CT 10a)
Her daughter Emma recalled,
She died at the Tomah Indian School Agency, Tomah, Monroe County, Wisconsin on 4 December 1929 of "general debilitation and old age." (Death census) However, her presumed grave at Mauston records a death date of 2 December 1929, It may be that the death date of 4 December is actually her burial date. (Find a Grave)
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