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WILLIAM LAWRENCE - Pages 28-29 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

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Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT
Lyon County Court August 8th, 1891
Wm Lawrence ] Lunatic

This day John C riley, Attorney for the Commonwealth, filed an information as follows, to-wit:

To Hon. W L Crumbaugh, Judge of the Lyon County Court:
I am reliably informed that William Lawrence is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

Jno C Riley 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. William Lawrence

To inquire, etc., comes a jury to-wit: D O B Withers, Dr. A H Champion, Barlley(?) Goin, O M Jenkins, J W Dobson, Geo Farr, M P Malloy, Jno Griffith, E B Withers, Hylan Skinner, J B Davis and R F Holmes

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 William Lawrence is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind results from disease and old age - precise cause unknown that he was born in Logan Co Ky, and resides in Lyon Co Poor House and is sixty nine 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 dead and mother is dead and said Lawrence 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 William Lawrence is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and W L Smith is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed no guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

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Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 69
(b) Occupation - common laborer
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - good
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane - none known to court
3.(a) Date of first attack - has been off balance before
(b) How exhibited - imagines someone is trying to injure him
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - no chane
4.(a) Supposed cause - disease
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - now claims that some of his associates throw something on him at night when abed
(c) Subject to How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - very irritable
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - sometimes
6.Periodic frenzy -
7.(a) Restraint imposed - none
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head - no
9. This is a blank section which is usually signed by the clerk.

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