Charley was born about 1864 in Wisconsin.
His Hocąk name is given as HumpOMeNunkKah (1910 Ind. census), which is for Hąbomįnąka, "Sits in the Daylight", from hąp, "day, light"; homįną́k, "to sit"; and -ka, a definite article suffix used in personal names. This is an attested Bear Clan name. (Radin, 237)
His birth order name is Hagaga, "Third Son," so we know from this that he had two older brothers. (1910 census)
Charley could speak English, but could not read or write it. (1910)
In the 1905 Wisconsin census and the 1910 Federal census, Anna Smoke is living with Charles E. Smoke and is identified as his niece. Since they have the same surname, she is the daughter of an unknown brother of Charles. In the 1905 Indian census, she is living with an elderly Charles Smoke and his wife Jane as their granddaughter. This implies that Charles Smoke is the father of Charles E. Smoke. This is made explicit in the 1900 Federal census.
The 1910 Federal census reveals that his grandmother (b. ca. 1832), given the Anglo name "Susan Walter", was living with his family. Her Hocąk name is given as Hi-nu(?)-ne-Kah, which appears to be Hį̄nųnįka, "Little First Daughter." However, she cannot be found on any other census, so we do not know whether she is Charley's paternal or maternal grandmother; but given that Charles’ wife at this time is Jane, it is likely that Susan Walker is Charles E. Smoke's maternal grandmother. It may be noted that there are only about 32 years for two generations, which implies young teenage motherhood.
John Smoke (b. 1876) is a brother. (1900 Fed. census) He has a similar name in Hocąk: Hąbᵋmąnįga, "Walking Day (or Light)". (1905 Ind. census)
With his wife Lou, Charley had the following children (1933 census):
In 1910, Charley's niece, Anna Smoke, was living with them and making a living doing bead work. (1910 census)
He owned his own farm in LaGrange, Wisconsin, and lived there in a wood frame house. (1910 census)
Charley died sometime before 1940, as he is not found in the census of that year and his wife is living with their son James in Wyeville.
Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
Charley is 23 degrees from Alexander Graham Bell, 28 degrees from Robert Bruce King Robert Ist of Scots, 25 degrees from Robert Burns, 27 degrees from Sean Connery, 29 degrees from Kenneth Grahame, 35 degrees from Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, 37 degrees from Annie Lennox, 24 degrees from Flora MacDonald, 24 degrees from Robert Stevenson, 24 degrees from Charles Stuart, 32 degrees from James Watt and 29 degrees from Kenneth Evans on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.