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B F WIGGINTON - Pages 120-121 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 120
August Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court August 25th 1900
B F Wigginton ] Lunatic

This day S C Molloy, Attorney for the Commonwealth, filed an information as follows, to-wit:

To Hon. Thos P Cook, Judge of the Lyon Circuit Court:
I am reliably informed that B F Wigginton is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

S C Molloy County Attorney Lyon County District
Ordered by the Court, That N W Utten 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: John Fitts, Joseph Patterson, John Hall, Earl Dunning, J H Faughn, T H Grdin?, Thos Helton, H M Oliver, D J Travis, W B Hammond, W M Scott & S B Filteriberge

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 B F Wigginton is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is unknown to us that he was born in Montgomery Co Ky, and resides in Penitentiary Eddyville Ky and is 42 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 is dead and mother is not known and reside in _________ ; and said B F Wigginton is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] S B Feltingberger

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said B F Wigginton is of unsound mind and a lunatic lunatic [sic] 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: Thos P Cook Judge Lyon Circuit Court

Page 121

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 42 years
(b) Occupation - laborer
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - good
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane – If any not known in fact nothing is known of his relations
3.(a) Date of first attack – about one month ago
(b) How exhibited - sickness
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – no except to gradually grow worse
4.(a) Supposed cause - unknown
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - none
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - good
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - none
(b) Violence toward others - no
6.Periodic frenzy - no
7.(a) Restraint imposed – none except for safety of lunatic
(b) Treatment used – for general health only
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head – none known of

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