Thursday, October 23, 2008

JAS. R. STIFFEY - Pages 34-35 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 34
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court June 11, 1892
[name] Jas. R. Stiffey ] Lunatic

This day F A Wilson, Attorney for the Commonwealth, filed an information as follows, to-wit:

To Hon. W L Crumbaugh, Judge of the Lyon County Court:
I am reliably informed that Jas. R. Stiffey is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

F A Wilson County Attorney
Ordered by the Court, That W W Martin Esq, an Attorney of this Court, be and he is hereby appointed to defend for and on behalf of the person under trial. Jas. R.Stiffey

To inquire, etc., comes a jury to-wit: L H Malloy, Jno. Q. Thomas, H L Skinner, S Miles, J R Kimsey, J H Brock, Garret Reed, J A Robertson, J C Hodges, J E Freeman, G E Crumbaugh, J W Furnish

who being duly impaneled and sworn according to law, after hearing the evidence, returned the following verdict, viz: We of the jury find from the evidence that Jas. R. Stiffey is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is from unknown cause that he was born in Indiana and resides in Eddyville and is 25 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns no estate of any kind; that his father is alive and mother is alive and reside in Indiana and have not estate so far as we are informed sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Jas. R. Stiffey is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Stiffey is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Lexington Kentucky, and R F Holmes is appointed to convey him/her to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 35

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 25 years
(b) Occupation - Horse trainer
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - unknown
(e) Educated - limited
2.(a) What relations have been insane - Don't know
3.(a) Date of first attack - first known of over a year ago
(b) How exhibited - Becomes wild & frenzied. Violent. Then calms down & imagines himself a lawyer, rich.
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - Don't know
4.(a) Supposed cause - unknown
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - As above stated thinks he owns a great deal of property.
(c) Subject to fits. no How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - yes
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - yes at times
6.Periodic frenzy -
7.(a) Restraint imposed - chained & confined in cell
(b) Treatment used - Don't know
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head - None known of

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