Sunday, November 30, 2008

JAMES K. WALKER - Pages 98-99 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 98
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Feby 6 1899
James K Walker ] Lunatic

This day T J Watkins, 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 James K Walker is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

T J Watkins ? County Attorney Protem
Ordered by the Court, That E H James 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: ? H Molloy, R M Ethridge, Willard Luckett, Lev Champion, J Mach Cash, G Holloway, John Brock, Wm H Martin, J H Faughn, G E Crumbaugh, Joseph Kerns? & Charles Dorman

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 James K Walker is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind was caused by measles that he was born in Lyon Co Ky, and resides in Lyon Co Ky and is 50 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns 125 acres land valued $1125 - 1/3 town lot valued at $100 no estate of any kind; that his father and mother are dead; and said James K Walker 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 James K Walker is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and R R Marshallis appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed _____ guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 99

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 50 years
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - Good
(e) Educated – limited – can read and write
2.(a) What relations have been insane – His father, T C Walker was insane at times
3.(a) Date of first attack – about 30 years ago
(b) How exhibited – Had disp?? to leave home & wander over the Country
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period -
4.(a) Supposed cause - Measles
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – Thinks his brother m??? his farm & money
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper – Very mild
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - No
(b) Violence toward others – Yes – upon his sister
6.Periodic frenzy – Yes ???
7.(a) Restraint imposed – Has been in the asylum before
(b) Treatment used – None used
(c) Bleeding - None
8. Injury about head - None

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