Wednesday, October 8, 2008

DRUCILLA JONES - Pages 8-9 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court March 24, 1888
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 James 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: F N Lyon, J P Kimsey, Jas M Freeman, J M Riley, R T Barrett, Thos H Malloy, J W Furnish, J M Smith, W W Martin, G C Lester and O C Catlett [R C Cash was not listed, but signed as a juror in the signature section]

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 occured about four weeks ago that he/she was born in Tenn., and resides in Lyon Co. Ky. and is 54 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 sheis not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for her support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman is O C Catlett]

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 Ollie Catlett is appointed to convey her to said asylum and he is allowed two guards.

Attest: T J Watkins Judge Lyon County Court

Page 9

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - about fifty four years
(b) Occupation -
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits - has been temperate in her habits
(e) Educated - not educated
2.(a) What relations have been insane - none so far as known
3.(a) Date of first attack - about four weeks ago
(b) How exhibited - At first calm but in last few days very violent
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - Growing worse constantly
4.(a) Supposed cause - Don't know any cause
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - Imagines that her best friends are her enemies
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - Violent high temper naturally
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - yes. jumped into creek and tried to drown herself
(b) Violence toward others - Yes. Will strike her friends with anything she gets hold of.
6.Periodic frenzy - Violent all the time
7.(a) Restraint imposed - Has to be constantly watched to prevent her from inuring herself or others
(b) Treatment used - None
(c) Bleeding - None
8. Injury about head - Not so far as known
9. T J Watkins, Judge LCC

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