Dora Ellen BROCKETT[1]

Female 1865 - 1915


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  • Name  Dora Ellen BROCKETT 
    Born  25 Mar 1865  Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender  Female 
    Died  2 Apr 1915  Callaway County, Missouri - State Hospital Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  4 Apr 1915  Callaway County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I2616  Sherwood
    Last Modified  5 Dec 2015 

    Father  John BROCKETT,   b. Abt 1819, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Sarah Catherine DUVALL \ GRAY,   b. Abt 1840, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1890, Miami County, Kansas - Osawatomie Insane Asylum Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1124  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Charles Brown ATKINS,   b. 3 Nov 1853, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1933, Callaway County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1900 
    Children 
     1. Jewel Florence ATKINS,   b. 21 Apr 1902, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1954, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1123  Group Sheet

    Family 2  John E. RIGEL,   b. Abt 1849, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1895 
    Married  26 Apr 1883  Bates County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Fredrick Western RIGEL,   b. 15 Jan 1884, Callaway County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1947, Boone County, Missouri - Boone County Infirmary Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Ethel L. RIGEL,   b. Abt Sep 1888, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Henry Blaine RIGEL,   b. 13 Jun 1893, Callaway County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1965
    Family ID  F372  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    ATKINS, Dora Ellen BROCKETT - Death Certificate
    ATKINS, Dora Ellen BROCKETT - Death Certificate
    RIGEL, John & BROCKETT, Dora - Marriage Certificate
    RIGEL, John & BROCKETT, Dora - Marriage Certificate

  • Notes 


    • INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
      1880 Linn County, Kansas census (microfilm):
      - HH 16, Valley Township
      - Given name was "Ella"
      - Age 16, single, living with parents
      - Attended school in census year
      - Born in Illinois, father in Mississippi, mother in Kentucky
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      1900 Jackson County, Missouri census (microfilm):
      - HH # 106, Kansas City Ward 9, Enumeration District # 104
      - Age 37, married (2) to Chas B. Atkins for 2 years
      - Born March 1863
      - Had 4 children, 3 living
      - Born in Illinois, father in Kentucky , mother in Illinois
      - Can read, can write, speaks English
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      1910 Boone County, Missouri census (microfilm):
      - HH # 93, Cedar Township
      - Age 45, married (2nd) to Charles B. Atkins for 10 yrs
      - Had 4 children, 4 living
      - Born in Illinois, father in Illinois, mother in Illinois
      - Speaks English
      - Can read and write
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      Death certificate from Callaway County, Missouri:
      - Date of death was April 2, 1915
      - Place of death was State Hospital # 1. Length of stay was 16 days
      - Cause of death was melancholia, maniacal exhaustion with contributory cause of exhaustion of insane
      - Married
      - Occupation was housewife
      - Date of birth was March 25, 1865 in Kansas
      - Father not listed
      - Mother not listed
      - Informant was Fred Rigel, Columbia, Boone County, Missouri
      - Burial was in Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri on April 4, 1915
      - Undertaker was Mitchell Brooks
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      Dora Ellen Brockett likely had Huntington's Disease. This is a hereditary disease that is passed on from one of the parents. She died in 1915 at the age of 50 in the State Hospital located in Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri (see attached death certificate). Based on research I suspect that Dora Ellen Brockett unknowingly passed the disease on to at least one of her children, Frederick Western Rigel. 
      Dora Ellen had 4 known children.  John E. Rigel (1849-1895) was her first husband with whom she had 3 children (Fred, Ethel and Henry). After her first husband passed away she remarried Charles Brown Atkins (1853-1933) and had 1 additional child (Jewel Florence Atkins). It is unknown by this author if any of the Dora Ellen's other 3 children besides Fred Rigel contracted the disease. 
      Dora Ellen Brockett likely contracted the Huntington's Disease  gene from her mother Sarah Catherine Duvall / Gray. The rational for this is based on several factors listed below: 
       1.  Thelma Mae Rigel (granddaughter of Dora Ellen)  died in 1980 and she was diagnosed with this disease. Since we know that Thelma had the disease we also know that she had to contract the disease from one of her parents. I suspect that Frederick Western Rigel was the parent that passed the gene on to his one and only child Thelma Mae Rige (see Fred Rigel's notes).
       2.  Frederick Rigel (son of Dora Ellen) died in 1947 at the age 63 from bronchial pneumonia. A secondary cause listed on his death certificate was "He had a nervous disorder that caused uncontrolled twitching of all affected muscles" (see attached death certificate). The "twitching of muscles" is a direct symptom of Huntington's disease.  In addition, he died in the Boone County, Missouri Infirmary after being there for 14 months.
       3.  Dora Ellen Brockett died in 1915 at the age of 50 from melancholia / maniacal exhaustion with a contributory cause of "Exhaustion of Insane" (see attached death certificate). When she died in 1915 this disease was not widely known and she was likely diagnosed as being insane based on the some of the same symptoms contributed to Huntington's disease.
       4.  Sarah Catherine Duvall / Gray (Dora Ellen Brockett's mother and Frederick Rigel's grandmother) died in 1890 at the age of 50 in the state hospital in Topeka, Kansas. This hospital was listed as an insane asylum.  In addition, she had 2 other children besides her daughter Dora Ellen Brockett that also died from "insane" causes (see Sarah Catherine Duvall / Gray's notes for more information).
       Description and Symptoms of Huntington's Disease:
      Early symptoms of Huntington's Disease may affect cognitive ability or mobility and include depression, mood swings, forgetfulness, clumsiness, involuntary twitching and lack of coordination. As the disease progresses, concentration and short-term memory diminish and involuntary movements of the head, trunk and limbs increase. Walking, speaking and swallowing abilities deteriorate. Eventually the person is unable to care for him or herself. Death follows from complications such as choking, infection or heart failure.
      Huntington's Disease typically begins in mid-life, between the ages of 30 and 50, though onset may occur as early as the age of two. Children who develop the juvenile form of the disease rarely live to adulthood.
      Huntington's Disease affects males and females equally and crosses all ethnic and racial boundaries. Each child of a person with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the fatal gene. Everyone who carries the gene will develop the disease. 
      Huntington's Disease does not "skip" generations.

  • Sources 
    1. [S193] Missouri State Archives Website, Death Certificate of Fred Western Rigel.

    2. [S193] Missouri State Archives Website, Death Certificate of Dora E. Brockett Atkins.
      date/location

    3. [S224] 1880 Linn County, Kansas Census.
      date (1864)/location (Illinois)

    4. [S166] Missouri Marriages, 1851 - 1900, Ancestry.com.