Thursday, November 6, 2008

CHARLES BROWNING - Pages 56-57 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 56
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court June 12, 1894
Chas. Browning ] 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 Charles Browning 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 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: J C Walton, A Bozarth, M P Molloy, Loyd Wadlington, J W Clark, G M Champion, F P Machen, D F Brightwell, P H Grimmer, W M Bowman, M L Gresham and J N McNeely

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 Charles Browning is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is from cause unknown. probably hereditary that he was born in Lyon Co Ky, and resides in Lyon Co Ky and is twenty one 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 dead and father resides in Lyon Co Ky and has not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Charles Browning 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 Chas. Browning is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and J L Smith is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed no guard.

Attest: [name] Judge Lyon County Court

Page 57

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - Twenty one years
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - Single
(d) Habits - Sober & Temperate
(e) Educated - uneducated
2.(a) What relations have been insane - one sister
3.(a) Date of first attack - Fall of 1893
(b) How exhibited - Became moody - irritable - seeking solitude. out breaks of temper at times.
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - Is now about, as worst attacks here to fore.
4.(a) Supposed cause - Unknown. His physician can't state. Says general health is bad.
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - No
(c) Subject to fits. no How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - even tempered
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - threatens it. Once attempted to cut his throat(?)
(b) Violence toward others - no. but once made threats at his father. pointing to loose brick bats
6.Periodic frenzy - Nearly every morning worse.
7.(a) Restraint imposed - None except to watch him
(b) Treatment used - Constitutional
(c) Bleeding - No
8. Injury about head - No

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