Wednesday, November 5, 2008

BENJAMIN F. TIMMONS - Pages 54-55 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 54
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court May 22nd, 1894
Benj. F. Timmons ] Lunatic

This day W W Martin, 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 Benjamin F. Timmons is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

W W Martin County Attorney Lyon County
Ordered by the Court, That F J Watkins 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: Peter Jones, J M Smith, U M Boyd, T W Tinsley, J H Brock, C W Rucker, O M Jenkins, F P Machen, M P Molloy, T H Molloy, G C Lester and C W Davis

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 Benjamin F Timmons is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind was caused by low state of health that he was born in Ky, and resides in Lyon Co Ky and is about 45 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns three to four hundred dollars worth personal property. mules, hogs, cattle. no other estate of any kind; that his father and mother are dead and said Timmons 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 Benjamin F Timmons is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and M F Boughter is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: [name] Judge Lyon County Court

Page 55

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 45 years
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - mania
(d) Habits - temperate
(e) Educated - No
2.(a) What relations have been insane - none but ??? nervous & excitable
3.(a) Date of first attack - about 2 months back
(b) How exhibited - By that armed men were trying to get into house to kill him
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - very little
4.(a) Supposed cause - general bad health
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - That his neighbors have all turned against him
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - excitable
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - Yes while shaving
(b) Violence toward others - Threatened to shoot his oldest son had to be kept away from house
6.Periodic frenzy - alternate violent & lucid periods of 24 hours
7.(a) Restraint imposed - Constant attendance of one or more persons
(b) Treatment used -
(c) Bleeding - At nose profusely when first taken
8. Injury about head - None

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