Friday, November 28, 2008

FRANK TANKERSLY - Pages 96-97 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 96
Dec Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Dec 26 1898
Frank Tankersly ] Lunatic

This day S C Molloy, 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 Frank Tankersly is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

A?? C Molloy County Attorney Lyon County District
Ordered by the Court, That San C Molloy 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: A S J Farly, Fred Lady, T C Warfield G M Champion, S M Champion, J S Smith, Manliff Tucker, R P Lefan, Thos Helton, J H Faughn, M E Bridges, T Fowler & S G Cash

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 Frank Tankersly is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind the cause for which is not known that he was born in _____, and resides in _____ and is _____ 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 _____ father is dead and mother is alive and reside in _____ and _____ not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Frank Tankersly 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 Frank Tankersly is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and _____ is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed _____ guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon Co Court

Page 97

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age -
(b) Occupation – convict in penitentiary
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits – very good since he has been in prison
(e) Educated - uneducated
2.(a) What relations have been insane - unknown
3.(a) Date of first attack – came to Eddyville prison in present condition and has grown worse continually by imagining that he is an officer of prison
(b) How exhibited - no
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period -
4.(a) Supposed cause - unknown
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – imagines he is an officer of prison and not a convict
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper – good but has little to say
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - no
6.Periodic frenzy - no
7.(a) Restraint imposed – no except to keep a watch on him – to see that he does no harm
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding -
8. Injury about head – not that is known

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