Mary was born about 1860 in Wisconsin. (1910 Fed. census)
The 1905 and 1910 censuses gives her Hocąk name as We-ha-nee-kah, which is for Wīhąnįkā, "Little Second Daughter", from Wīhą́, "Second Daughter"; nįk, "little, small"; and -ka, a definite article suffix used in personal names. The addition of "little" (nįk) to the birth order name Wīhą́gā, leads to some ambiguity: is it the name of the Third Daughter, or is the diminutive just descriptive or affectionate?
Her married name "Hunker" is a corruption of Hųka, "Chief", from hųk, "chief", and -ka, a definite article suffix used in personal names.
Her first marriage was to A[lexander ?] White, with whom she had at least two children:
Her second marriage was to a Hunker, almost certainly James Hunker (b. 1856), who was her neighbor or her children's neighbor in every census in which he is listed. (cp. 1905, 1910)
In the 1920 Indian census, Mary is said to have the following children:
However, these were actually the children of Minnie H. Decorah and her husband George White Eagle. When Clarence was born, George deserted his wife (a de facto divorce). By 1920 Minnie had a great many children with various surnames, and "farmed out" her three eldest sons, who in that year boarded with Sandborn White Eagle, who lived about three doors down from Mary Hunker. Sometime during that year, she adopted them. After her death, they were watched after by her son Thomas J. Hunker.
Mary had at least the following children:
Mary died sometime between June 1921 and June 1922, as shown by the censuses of those years, where she is absent in 1922 and her children are listed as orphans.
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