Tuesday, October 14, 2008

DRUCILLA JONES - Pages 16-17 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

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State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Sept 28, 1889
Drucilla Jones ] 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 Drucilla Jones is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

E H JamescCounty 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: D W Wallace, G W Pendergrass, B F Cash, A M Wells, D M Smith, F M Hilreth, L F Cash, J T Moneymaker, H C Pearce, C Warfield, H Y Banister and M F Pritchett

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 Drucilla Jones is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind ?? a few days ago exceptited [sic]she had an attack and was in the asylum about 18 months ago that she was born in Tennessee, and resides in Lyon County and is 56 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 and mother are dead no estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Drucilla Jones 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 Drucilla Jones is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that she be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and R J Holmesis appointed to convey her 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 - 55
(b) Occupation - ---
(c) Married or Single - Married
(d) Habits - temperate
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane - none
3.(a) Date of first attack - a few days since
(b) How exhibited - very violent at times
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - growing worse
4.(a) Supposed cause - Supposed to be hysteria
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - specifically hostile toward husband and members of her family
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - naturally high tempered
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - Not since her release from asylum
(b) Violence toward others -
6.Periodic frenzy -
7.(a) Restraint imposed - Has to be constantly watched and guarded
(b) Treatment used - Don't know duration of treatment. A physician was involved.
(c) Bleeding -
8. Injury about head -
9. T J Watkins Judge LCC

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