Wednesday, November 12, 2008

JOHN L BROWNING - Pages 64-65 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 64
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Jan ?1st 1895
John L 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 John L 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 Judicial District
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: T G Jones, Jno B Freer, T J Rogers, Wm Skillian Jr, Wm Skillian Sr, Robert Barnett, Porter Fowler, J L Davis, L B Collins, J S Ramey, Lyon Wake, Forest Bridges

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 J L Browning is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is from unknown cause that he was born in Lyon Co Ky, and resides in Lyon Co Ky and is 37 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns a small farm with about 300 dollars & 2 cows & calves ; that his father is dead and mother is living and resides in Lyon County and she has not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said John L 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 J L Browning is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and John L Smith is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court
M P Molloy Clerk Lyon Co Court
By J M Smith P.C.

Page 65

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 37
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits - temperate and industrious
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane - no or thru cousins
3.(a) Date of first attack - about six months ago
(b) How exhibited - by various illusions as saying he had been poisened
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - yes formerly quiet & ?? has recently attempted to cut his wifes throat. Made several gashes in throat & hand
4.(a) Supposed cause - unknown
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - That he was poisoned by neighbor and that the democrats would destroy the 1/3 party
(c) Subject to fits. no How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - equable
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - none
(b) Violence toward others - attempt to kill his wife
6.Periodic frenzy - lasts sometimes for 1 day
7.(a) Restraint imposed - none except watched by guards
(b) Treatment used - several treatment for his health
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head - none that is known

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