Saturday, November 1, 2008

NANCY SMITH - Pages 46-47 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 46
Special Term
State of Kentucky    ] SCT          State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court                     April 3, 1893
Nancy Smith                   ] 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 [name] 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 F A Wilson Esq, an Attorney of this Court, be and he is hereby appointed to defend for and on behalf of the person under trial.Nancy Smith

To inquire, etc., comes a jury to-wit: T W Tinsley, T H Molloy, J M Coleman, Dr. O B Withers, Dr. A H Champion, W M Robertson, T D Lewis, J L Watson, M P Molloy, W M Bowman, C W Rucker and U M Boyd

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 Nancy Smith is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind was caused by melancholia that she was born in Lyon Co Ky and resides in Lyon Co Ky and is about 35 years old; that she was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that she owns no estate of any kind; that her father and mother are dead and said Nancy Smith is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for her support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said [name] Nancy Smith is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that she be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and M J Baughter is appointed to convey her to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court


Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 35 years
   (b) Occupation - Housekeeper
   (c) Married or Single - Widow
   (d) Habits - Unknown
   (e) Educated - No
2.(a) What relations have been insane - one sister & one brother
3.(a) Date of first attack - About one year ago
   (b) How exhibited - by leaving her home. remaining at old unoccupied out house alone for days
   (c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - getting more pronounced
4.(a) Supposed cause - Brooding over the death of her husband
   (b) Any peculiar illusions and what - Imagines someone is after her to hurt her
   (c) Subject to fits. No       How long - 
        From what cause - 
   (d) Natural Temper - Yes
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - No
   (b) Violence toward others - No
6.Periodic frenzy - At times thinks she is pursued
7.(a) Restraint imposed - None
   (b) Treatment used - None
   (c) Bleeding - 
8. Injury about head - 

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