Monday, December 1, 2008

J C WOODS - Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

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Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court July 3rd 1899
J C Woods ] 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 J C Woods 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 District
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: Jas Boyd, R T Gray, J A Watkins, W B Bridges, A F Parks, W R Skillian, Thos Helton, Oscar Blick, William Luckett, T J Jenkins, W M Jenkins & D J Travis

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 J C Woods is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind cause unknown that he was born in as he says in England, and resides in Penitentiary and is unknown years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that nothing is known of parents whether living or dead or as to estate of either and said J C Woods 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 J C Woods is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and A K Boughteris appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

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Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - unknown
(b) Occupation - unknown
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - unknown
(e) Educated - uneducated
2.(a) What relations have been insane – nothing known of relations
3.(a) Date of first attack – about two weeks ago
(b) How exhibited – violent and vicious
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - no
4.(a) Supposed cause – unknown
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – concludes that he has been in late war
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - unknown
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - none
(b) Violence toward others – yes disposed to be violent to others
6.Periodic frenzy - continuous
7.(a) Restraint imposed – yes confined in cell
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head – if so unknown

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