State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court October 25, 1888
Mary Butner ] Lunatic
This day E H James, Attorney for the Commonwealth, filed an information as follows, to-wit:
To Hon. T Watkins, Judge of the Lyon County Court:
I am reliably informed that Mary Butner 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
Ordered by the Court, That D B Cassidy 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: O M Jenkins, A H Champion, G M Champion, W T Smith, T H Mallory, Ollie Catlett, R C Kenady, I M Burnam, Joseph Ennis, C Nuckolls, J N Connelley, F M Stone
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 Mary Butner is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind first showed itself two years ago, and more violent (?) the last two or three weeks. that she was born in Tennessee, and resides in Lyon County Ky and is 48 years old; that she was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he/she owns no estate of any kind; that her father is dead and mother dead and said Mary Butner 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 Mary Butner is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that she be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and A B Butner is appointed to convey him/her to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.
Attest:T J Watkins Judge Lyon County Court
Brief History of Case
1.(a) Age - 48 years
(b) Occupation - Housekeeper
(c) Married or Single - Married
(d) Habits - Good
(e) Educated - Can read and write
2.(a) What relations have been insane - None
3.(a) Date of first attack - About two years since, slightly but (??) worse in last few weeks
(b) How exhibited - She don't talk with good sense or judgement about anything. Thinks she is going to burn up. That the world is going to burn up.
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - She grows worse and worse continuously
4.(a) Supposed cause - Grief over death of our daughter, and probably caused in part by change of life
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - yes, as stated above
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - good
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - She has frequently threatened to kill herself and a few days ago attempted to commit suicide by jumping into a cistern, but was prevented by her husband.
(b) Violence toward others - no
6.Periodic frenzy - Yes, much worse at sometimes than others
7.(a) Restraint imposed - Her husband has to keep a constant watch over her to prevent her jumping out of the window and doing herself other violence
(b) Treatment used - Physicians have attended her but don't know treatment used
(c) Bleeding - No
8. Injury about head - No
9. T J Watkins Judge Lyon Co Court