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CURTIS MITCHELL - Pages 14-15 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

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State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court August 7, 1889
Curtis Mitchell ] Lunatic

This day E H James, County 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 Curtis Mitchellis 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: C W Rucker, F B Evins, Hugh Smith, Henry McKinney, L H Oliver, M O Cox, W W Holland, J B Withers, Hewlett Rucker, W H Warfield, H C Pearce & M P Molloy

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 Curtis Mitchell is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is result of Epilipsy [sic] of many years standing that he was born in Caldwell County, and resides in [resides] Lyon County and is 22 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns no property no estate of any kind; that his father is dead and mother is living and resides in Lyon County and has no estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Curtis Mitchell is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his/her support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Curtis Mitchell is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and [unreadable] 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 - 22 years
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - habits good
(e) Educated - has no education
2.(a) What relations have been insane - An uncle of his mother has been insane from same cause as in party now in charge
3.(a) Date of first attack - Ten or twelve years ago, but more frequent and violent recently.
(b) How exhibited - In giving away to his temper and always trying to injure his family and those about him and to destroy property
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - It's growing worse continually
4.(a) Supposed cause - Epilepsy
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - He ?? away from home and wanders about and has to be constantly watched
(c) Subject to fits. Yes How long - 10 or 12 years back
From what cause - Unknown
(d) Natural Temper - Previous to his insanity his temper was wild
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - Not so far as known
(b) Violence toward others - Is very violent toward others and has several times ?? ??? his mother and family and ?? attacked his mother and brothers with a knife. His mother is constantly in dread of her life as well as for her other children.
6.Periodic frenzy - Yes as stated above
7.(a) Restraint imposed - He has to be watched by his family to prevent him from doing violence as stated above
(b) Treatment used - Has been treated by local physicians, treatment not known
(c) Bleeding - No
8. Injury about heaNo sird -
9. T J Watkins, Judge LCC

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