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L J ALLEN - Pages 6-7 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

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State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court March 10, 1888
L J Allen ] Lunatic

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

To Hon. T J Watkins, Judge of the Lyon County Court:
I am reliably informed that L J Allen 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 T 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: H K L Gatewood, J B Freeman, W C Pemberton, G W Jones, Manliff Tucker, Caswell Nuckolls, S W Howarton, W P Hildreth, W B Barrett, [crossed out J S Warfield], J J Stovall, T C Gray

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 L J Allen is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind supposed to have been caused by frequent use of chloral taken in case of hepatic colic with tran??oids of gall stones to which he is subject that hewas born in Tennessee, and resides in Lyon County and is 33 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns of property real and personal estimated at sum of #2000; that his father is dead and mother is dead and he L J Allen has not sufficient income arising from hisproperty to support him in his present condition and said L J Allen is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support. His income from his property would not amount to more than two hundred.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman T C Gregory]

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said L J Allen is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and J C Chambliss 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 - 33 years
(b) Occupation - Physician
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - Temperate, except the excessive use of opiates when suffering from colic
(e) Educated - yes
2.(a) What relations have been insane - none so far as known
3.(a) Date of first attack - about two weeks ago
(b) How exhibited - subject to all ?sts of hallucinations such as outbursts of passion, imaginaing persons are attempting to harm(?) him
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - not much change in his condition since his first attack
4.(a) Supposed cause - excessive use of chloral and opiates
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - He imagines that persons are attempting to kill him and other times ?? he is treating his patients
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - naturally high tempered nervous and excitable
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - yes by striking members of his family and attendants
6.Periodic frenzy - continuous since first attack
7.(a) Restraint imposed - rigorous attention and restraint
(b) Treatment used - hypodermic injections of morphine and anti billious treatment used
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head - none
9. T J Watkins Judge LCC

Additional page

State of Kentucky
Lyon County

The afficiants O B Withers and F L Allen both say they are residents of Lyon County Kentucky and regularly engaged in the practice of medicine and are acquainted with L J Allen and that they have personally examined him and that they verily believe him to be a lunatic and that his condition and state of health is such that it would be unsafe to bring him into court that he is in very feeble health and almost entirely helpless. That he lives about ten miles from the court and is our opinion to bring him to court would bring about serious result

O B Withers MD
F L Allen

Subscribed and sworn to before us by O B Withers and F L Allen this Mar 10, 1888
E H James
Examiner for Lyon Co

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