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My Bergmann Family
Posted by: Dr. Susie (ID *****2288) Date: September 18, 2008 at 10:00:08
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I have a rare neurological disease called Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA). It is both inherited and degenerative. It is caused by a recessive gene, so both of my parents carry that gene. None of my known relatives have this disease. Please email me at drsusie@socket.net if you have knowledge of someone in my line having FA.
My paternal Grandmother was a Hicks. Two other families who have members with FA that also descend from a Hicks have been found. Unfortunately, no link has been found between their lines and mine. A similar situation has occurred with the Reynolds family.
The symptoms of Friedreich’s Ataxia usually begin between the ages of 5 and 15. The first symptom to appear is usually difficulty in walking. It gradually worsens until the person is unable to walk. Foot deformities may be early signs. Over time, muscles begin to weaken and waste away, especially in the feet, lower legs, and hands. There is often a gradual loss of sensation in the extremities, which may spread to other parts of the body. Slowness and slurring of the speech develop. Rapid, rhythmic, involuntary movements of the eye are common. Most people with FA develop scoliosis (a curving of the spine to one side). Various forms of heart disease may develop. Some people lose their hearing or eyesight as well.
As you can see, the symptoms of FA vary widely. Finding ancestors who had FA may be difficult. When both parents carry the FA gene, there is a 1 in 4 chance with each child that that child will have the disease. There is a 2 in 4 chance that that child will be a carrier of the FA gene and not exhibit the disease. Thus, many generations can be skipped before the disease appears.
To further complicate the situation, these ancestors probably lived a long time ago when medical knowledge was scarce. As such, they probably died young. However, it stands to reason that they must have lived long enough to have children and continue passing on the FA gene. I cannot predict how they could have recorded information about these people. When people with FA can still walk they stagger around something like a drunk. I was even accused of being drunk (in 1976) when I was a teenager. It must have been worse for those with FA decades ago when ignorance was more common.

Descendants of Peter Bergmann
                     
       1        Peter Bergmann       
..              +Ursula       - 1766
.........       2        Jacob Barrickman       1763 - 1842
.............              +Jane Swan       1767 - 1833
....................       3        Martha Barrickman       1785 -
........................              +Joseph Stillwell       
....................       3        Mary Barrickman       1787 - 1864
........................              +James Craig       1780 - 1841
....................       3        Sarah Barrickman       1791 - 1821
....................       3        Jane Barrickman       1794 -
........................              +David Templeton       
....................       3        John Barrickman       1796 - 1873
........................              +Sarah Shepherd       1806 - 1850
...............................       4        Andrew Barrickman       1830 -
...............................       4        Robert Barrickman       1830 -
...............................       4        William Barrickman       1832 -
...............................       4        Jonathan Barrickman       1834 -
...............................       4        Jane Barrickman       1836 -
...............................       4        James Barrickman       1840 -
...............................       4        Solomon Barrickman       1842 -
....................       3        Jacob Jr. Barrickman       1798 - 1875
........................              +Jennett Hannah Templeton       
....................       3        Keturah Barrickman       1803 - 1901
........................              +James Templeton       
....................       3        Nancy Barrickman       1805 - 1855
........................              +Thomas Wilson       1807 - 1870
...............................       4        James W. Wilson       1838 -
...................................              +Melinda Brook       1841 -
...........................................       5        Nancy Wilson       1861 -
...........................................       5        Minnie Wilson       1867 -
...............................       4        John W. Wilson       1840 -
...............................       4        Eliza Jane Wilson       1842 - 1874
...................................              +Charles B. Reynolds       1835 - 1915
...........................................       5        Thomas Reynolds       1861 -
...........................................       5        John Reynolds       1863 - 1942
...............................................              +Hattie Peck Clark       1879 - 1941
...........................................       5        Charles Walter Reynolds       1867 - 1888
...........................................       5        Oscar E. Reynolds       1869 -
...........................................       5        William Edward Reynolds       1870 - 1929
...............................................              +Lieuseba Timperley       1877 - 1942
......................................................       6        Odirone John Reynolds       1900 - 1984
..........................................................              +Edna M. Pearson       1910 -
......................................................       6        Amerita Reynolds       1902 -
......................................................       6        Leona Genevive Reynolds       1914 -
..........................................................              +Orville Oskar Raymond Johnson       1915 - 2006
.................................................................       7        Geraldine Marie Johnson       1939 -
.....................................................................              +William Lewis Strode       1936 - 1985
............................................................................       8        Susan Strode       
...............................       4        William Wilson       1844 -
....................       3        James Taylor Barrickman       1808 - 1863
........................              +Louisa Neal       
....................       3        William Barrickman       1810 - 1838
....................       3        Eliza May Barrickman       1813 - 1893
........................              +Joseph Miles       1811 -
...............................       4        William Miles       1838 -
...............................       4        John Miles       1840 -
...............................       4        Jane Miles       1842 -
...............................       4        Ann Miles       1844 -
...............................       4        Mary Miles       1848 -
...............................       4        Harriet Miles       1852 -
...............................       4        Martha Miles       1852 -
...............................       4        Catharine Miles       1854 -
...............................       4        James Miles       1856 -


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