Thursday, November 13, 2008

JOHN HAWKINS - Pages 68-69 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 68
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court August 15th, 1895
John Hawkins ] 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 John Hawkins 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
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: G M Williams, R C Holloway, John Heath, T H Molloy, F A Wilson, O M Jenkins, O C Catlett, ?Kent?, Benjamin Reed, J E Smith, Walter Robinson [signed as Robertson], J M 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 John Hawkins is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind ________ that he was born in Caldwell Co Ky and resides in Lyon co Ky and is 40 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 dead and they have no estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said John Hawkinsis 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 John Hawkins is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and Bob Holmes[?] is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court
J M Smith Clerk Lyon Co Court

Page 69

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 40 yrs
(b) Occupation - cabinet workman
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - good
(e) Educated - ordinary
2.(a) What relations have been insane - one aunt
3.(a) Date of first attack - 1890
(b) How exhibited - by talking at random & threatening violence to his best friends
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - gradually growing worse
4.(a) Supposed cause - a blow on the head with cannon poker
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - afraid of being hypnotized
(c) Subject to fits. no
(d) Natural Temper - Irratable [sic]
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - never - but says he will if returned to the asylum
(b) Violence toward others - yes
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed - By guarding him all times
(b) Treatment used - Yes by Drs Withers & Hussy
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head - Yes, when he received the blow mentioned above - Skull was fractured

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