Saturday, November 15, 2008

THOMAS J PEEK - Pages 74-75 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 74
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court March 24, 188 [sic]
Thomas J Peek ] 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 Thomas J Peek 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
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.

To inquire, etc., comes a jury to-wit: J W Clark, C S Robertson, M S Anderson, S R Thomas, M Coleman, J S Mathis, L M Thomas, W M Bowman, G W Tinsley, Andy Wells, C E Acree & John Opie

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 Thomas J Peek is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is nervous trouble that he was born in Lyon Co Ky, and resides in in same and is 36 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 is living and mother dead and reside in Lyon Co Ky and he has not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Thomas J Peek 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 Thomas J Peek is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and M T Boughteris appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed one no guard.

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

Page 75

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 36 yrs
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - termperate
(e) Educated - Limited
2.(a) What relations have been insane - None
3.(a) Date of first attack – About Sept 1895
(b) How exhibited – talking at random & threatening violence to certain individuals & himself
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – has not
4.(a) Supposed cause – nervous trouble
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – imagined he swallowed his tongue – and that his collar bone moved around
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper – mild & amiable
5.(a) Attempt at suicide – has threatened to shoot himself
(b) Violence toward others – wanted to kill his brother-in-law & small children around him
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed – constant watch on him
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding – “
8. Injury about head - none

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