Thursday, November 20, 2008

WILLIAM ROE - Pages 82-83 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 82
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Jan 10th 1898
William Roe ] Lunatic

This day Sam C Molloy, 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 William Roe is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

Sam C Molloy 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: J C Terrell, Ben A Smith, U S King, G L Gray, Y L Smith, Frank Beck, J M Luttrell, by agreement only seven.

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 William Roe is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is from unknown cause that he was born in not known, and resides in Eddyville Penitentiary a convict and is 28 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 said William Roe 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 Wm Roe is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and ___________ is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed ___ guard.

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

Page 83

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 28
(b) Occupation - Prisoner
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits -
(e) Educated - No
2.(a) What relations have been insane – don’t know
3.(a) Date of first attack – not known
(b) How exhibited – Silly expression & actions
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period -
4.(a) Supposed cause -
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what -
(c) Subject to fits. How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper -
5.(a) Attempt at suicide -
(b) Violence toward others - None
6.Periodic frenzy -
7.(a) Restraint imposed -
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding -
8. Injury about head -

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