Some censuses suggest that George was born in 1835, while others make it 1840. The tendency was for people to exaggerate their age, so the more recent figure is usually closer to the truth. His gravestone gives the date of March 19, 18__ (thought to be 1829). (Winn. Cemetary)
From about 1917 onward, George began using the Anglo name "Seymour," with "Whitewood" being treated as a Western "middle name." The name "Whitewood" is often found in the middle name position in the Seymour clan, as with Frank and James Seymour, for instance. The origins of the name "Whitewood" are easy to trace. In the 1898 census, we are given George's Hocąk name as Na-sa-ne-hee-kah, which is for Nąsąnehíga, from ną, "wood, tree"; sąne, "white, pale"; hi, a causative; -ga, a definite article suffix used in personal names. This is the well attested Bear Clan name, the most parsimonious translation of which would be "Makes the Wood White," which is what bears do when they scratch the bark off trees. Dropping the causative, "White-wood" would be the literal translation.
It is reasonable to conclude that Nąsąnehíga, called "George Whitewood," was the original of that surname, since it is a translation of the his Hocąk name. Frank and James, the two sons of White Wing Woman, had been using this name. This fact suggests that they are the sons of George, the only candidate found in the right generation. Given his name, it is clear that George was a member of the Bear Clan, and we find that both Frank and James also bore names unique to the Bear Clan. The censuses which start in 1889 show that George, however, did not live with their mother White Wing. Yet, although she lived alone next to her sons' houses, she is never listed as anyone's widow. The obvious explanation for these facts is that she and George had separated.
George is found married to another woman, Slow Wing, and raising a small family with her on the same reservation. Their first and only son was given the Anglo name "Joseph." This same son appears in the 1889 and 1891 censuses under the birth order name Hagaga, "Third Son." The simplest explanation for the first son of Slow Wing being called "Third Son," is that he was in fact the third son of George Whitewood: 1) Frank, 2) James, and 3) Joseph. Furthermore, just before Slow Wing died in 1921, she had been living next door to James (1922 census), and the widow of Frank Seymour, which establishes a non-accidental relationship between George's widow and White Wing Woman's family. Were these two women also sisters?
He died on 4 February 1918, and is buried in the Winnebago Cemetery, Thurston County, Nebraska. (Winn. Cemetery)
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