Thank you for your prompt reply. Have you heard of anything like that in the Flinn family? I'm sure it would not have been called SCA then. My great grandfather's first symptoms that I've heard of were occasional speech difficulties. His legs and arms would not do what his brain told them to do. He eventually got so he couldn't walk. As I said this was later in his life, starting sometime after he was in his 50s. He lived to be 77(I faintly remember him).
In order for Sydney Ann(his mother) to have this disease, Martin had to have it(It's a hereditary dominant ataxia) although I find no mention of that. Martin Flinn and two of his daughters( Sydney Ann and Elizabeth Jane(Shinkle) are buried in the Esgate Cemetery in Jackson County, Iowa, not too far from the town of Maquoketa, Iowa. Martin and Catherine Dodson show up in the Jackson County, Iowa 1850s Census but by the 1860 census, Catherine has disappeared. I can find no grave, etc for her. Don't know where she went. She and Martin had 6 children. Thomas M. (died at Vicksburg,
Miss. of disease 1862 at age 21, Sydney Ann 1843-1920, Elizabeth Jane 1835 to 1887, Jemima 1838-?, James J 1846-1897(also buried in Esgate I believe?) and another son born in 1852 in Iowa listed as Herckiah, or Ht with no known death date. If Catherine died of childbirth it seems she would have been buried here too, but she just disappears sometime after the birth of Herckiah(I wondered if his name might have been Hezekiah, after his grandfather, and was misspelled in the census? I guess the Dodsons have been researched pretty thoroughly with no sign of this disease in that line. For Sydney Ann to have it one of her parents Had to have it. You either have it or you don't, if a person has it it is eventually expressed. People didn't always live as long back then so possibly they died before symptoms showed.
Our family lore, though, says it came down through the Flinns/or (Flynns).
Thanks again, any further info on Flinns and Casada welcome!
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