Monday, October 6, 2008

GORDON PERKINS - Pages 4-5 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

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State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court November 24th 1887
Gordon Perkins ] Lunatic

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

To Hon. J T Watkins, Judge of the Lyon County Court:
I am reliably informed that Gordon Perkins 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 District
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: John W Clark, George Hamby, H Faughn, C M Whitney, W H Robertson, S D Ennis [foreman], John Stovall, Edward Wade, B F Gray, Tony Marre, and 2 other names not readable

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 Gordon Perkins is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind was caused by Typhoid Fever that he was born in Kentucky, and resides in Lyon County and is 28 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns no estate of any kind; that his father is alive and mother is dead and reside in Lyon County and he has not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Gordon Perkins 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 [name] is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he/she be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and J B Williams is appointed to convey him/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 - 28 years old
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - Uses tobacco to excess, but temperate in other respects
(e) Educated - uneducated
2.(a) What relations have been insane - his paternal grandfather and uncle have both been insane, but are both now dead
3.(a) Date of first attack - 1881
(b) How exhibited - his first attack was produced from spell of typhoid fever
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - From first attack his insanity has increased
4.(a) Supposed cause - spell of fever referred to
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - none
(c) Subject to fits. no How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - before his insanity he was good disposed
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - yes at one time last spring he attacked his father knocked him down and has often attempted to strike him
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed - Has constantly kept a watch on him
(b) Treatment used - Has been treated by personal physician and no evidence as to character of treatment
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head - no
9. T J Watkins Judge LCC

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