Thursday, December 11, 2008

BENJ. F. TIMMONS - Pages 114-115 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 114
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court March 23, 1900
Benj. F Timmons ] 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 Benj. F Timmons 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 Lyon County
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 H Molloy, J S Johnson, John Hall, J W Kevil, Perry Calhoun, J H Catlett, W F James, Wm Robinson, John Opie, T A Braswell, John Brock & W E Calhoun

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 Benj. F Timmons is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind was caused by low state of health and piles that he was born in Ky, and resides in Lyon Co Ky and is 51 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns 90 acres land worth about $200 dollars. $100 to $200 worth personal property; that his father is dead and mother is dead and said Benj. F Timmons 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 Benj. F Timmons is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and J ? Veal is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed ______ guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 115

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 51 yrs
(b) Occupation - Farmer
(c) Married or Single - Married
(d) Habits - Temperate
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane - none
3.(a) Date of first attack – about March 1894
(b) How exhibited – thinks he has enemies who seek to kill him or destroy his property
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – very little except more violent
4.(a) Supposed cause – bad health caused from piles
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – seems to think he has many enemies who seek to do him & his family viloence
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - excitable
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - yes
(b) Violence toward others - yes
6.Periodic frenzy -
7.(a) Restraint imposed - none
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head -

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