Thursday, October 16, 2008

DRUCILLA JONES - Pages 20-21 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

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State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court April 11, 1890
Drucilla Jones ] Lunatic

This day E H James, Attorney for the Commonwealth, 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 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: Ollie Catlett, R W Early, J T Oliver, Isaac Gray Jr, S W Howouton, C A Easley, Caswell Nuckolls, C P Ethridge, L A Braswell, Robert Hodges, T C Pennies(?) and C W Rucker.

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 originated from unknown causes that she was born in Tennessee, and resides in Lyon County Ky 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 is dead and mother is dead and she 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 T Holmes is 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 - 56
(b) Occupation -
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits - Temper
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane - none
3.(a) Date of first attack - [??} more [??] two years ago. First attack since her return from asylum was 4 or 5 days ago
(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 - Hostile towards her husband and other members of the family and friends
(c) Subject to fits. no How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - naturally high tempered
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - not recently but she attempted to drown herself prior to the time she was in the asylum
(b) Violence toward others - she is [unreadable]
6.Periodic frenzy -
7.(a) Restraint imposed - Has to be constantly watched and guarded
(b) Treatment used - don't know
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head - none
9. T J Watkins Judge Lyon County Court

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