Thursday, October 30, 2008

MARIA RICE - Pages 44-45 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 44
Special Term
State of Kentucky    ] SCT          State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court                    Dec 24th, 1892
Maria Rice                    ] Lunatic

This day W W Martin, 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 Maria Rice of color is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

W W Martin County Attorney Lyon County
Ordered by the Court, That T J Watkins Esq, an Attorney of this Court, be and he is hereby appointed to defend for and on behalf of the person under trial.

To inquire, etc., comes a jury to-wit:  Wm Morrison, F H Molloy, M D Malloy, J S Mathis, F M Wadlington, D H Franks, J C Terrell, G M Champion, J A Malloy, F M Bowman and Dr. A Callaway

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 Maria Rice is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is from cause unknown that she was born in Lyon Co., and resides in Lyon Co. and is 50 years old; that she was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that she owns no estate of any kind; that her father is dead and mother is alive and resides in Eddyville, Ky and has not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Maria Rice is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for her support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Maria Rice is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that she be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and J F Cluch(?) is appointed to convey her to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 45

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - supposed to be 50 yrs old
   (b) Occupation - House wife
   (c) Married or Single - widow
   (d) Habits - good
   (e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane - none known of
3.(a) Date of first attack - 8 to 10 years ago
   (b) How exhibited - wild, roving over neighborhood
   (c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - no
4.(a) Supposed cause - unknown
   (b) Any peculiar illusions and what - religion
   (c) Subject to fits. no          How long - 
        From what cause - 
   (d) Natural Temper - yes
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
   (b) Violence toward others - has threatened neighbors
6.Periodic frenzy - continuous
7.(a) Restraint imposed - no
   (b) Treatment used - unknown
   (c) Bleeding - don't kow
8. Injury about head - none

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