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EDWARD E THOMPSON - Pages 80-81 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 80
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court October 9th, 1896
Edward E Thompson ] 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 Edward E Thompson 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 John D Lester 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 U Clenk?, G S Withers, R J Kinger?, Wm Brindly?, Geo. C Lester, J N Catlett, Leonard Robertson, J B Withers, U M Boyd, W Kevil, L G Cox & J ? Smith

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 Edward E Thompson is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind was caused by a blow on the head at the age of 6 or 7 yrs that he was born in Caldwell Co, and resides in Kuttawa Ky and is 21 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 and mother are alive and reside in Lyon Co Ky and they have not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Edward E Thompson 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 Edward E Thompson is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and W H McCollumis appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 81

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 31
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - temperate
(e) Educated - yes
2.(a) What relations have been insane - none
3.(a) Date of first attack – a few months ago
(b) How exhibited – silly actions
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – lately become violent
4.(a) Supposed cause – blow on head with axe at 6 or 7 years of age
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – the working ?? scheming to injure him
(c) Subject to fits. No
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - equitable
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - yes
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed – guarded & held by force
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head – su[?? unreadable]

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