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CHARLES D. PRINCE - Pages 10-11 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

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State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court June 29, 1888
Charles D Prince ] Lunatic

This day E H James Attorney for Lyon County, filed an information as follows, to-wit:

To Hon. T J Watkins, Judge of the Lyon County Court:
I am reliably informed that Charles D Prince is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

E H James County Attorney Lyon County
Ordered by the Court, That F A Wilson 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: J P Robertson, H H Cassidy, J M [Milton] Gray, G C Lester, Joseph Ennis, Garret Reed, T H Malloy, W W Martin, E S Malhen, G M champion, J E Hodges, T L Cash [foreman]

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 Charles D Prince is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind occured within the last few months, since March 1888 that he was born in Calwell [sic] County, and resides in Lyon County and is fifty years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns about #150 or #150, with personal property ?? and no real estate; that his/her father is dead and mother is dead and said Charles D Prince is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Charles D Prince is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and John H Hopper is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: T J Watkins Judge Lyon County Court

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Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - Fifty years
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits - temperate good habits
(e) Educated - moderate education
2.(a) What relations have been insane - None
3.(a) Date of first attack - about 1st of March 1888
(b) How exhibited - In his conversations and actions and an attempt at suicide
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - He is gradually growing worse
4.(a) Supposed cause - Hepatic trouble, and possibly in part from injury to head
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - fear of starvation
(c) Subject to fits. no How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - even tempered well disposed
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - has made several attempts to kill himself
(b) Violence toward others - has shown a disposition to do violence tohis wife and family
6.Periodic frenzy - supposed frenzy, periodically
7.(a) Restraint imposed - no restraint but his family and friends have kept a constant watch over him since his first attempt at suicide
(b) Treatment used - none, he refuses to take medicine
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head - Last July was thrown from a buggy and his head was injured and he frequently complained of his injury afterward though it did not lay him up, and he did not seem to suffer any in concussion from injury and no indications of insanity appeared until March 1888, though he occasionally complained of head ache and his insanity may have been superinduced [?] by his injury.
June 29th 1888 T J Watkins Judge LCC

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