Sunday, December 14, 2008

JAMES P JONES - Pages 118-119 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

[Note from Debbie: The archivist who created the microfilm, placed several loose affidavits on top of pages 118 and 119 and photocopied them. Then they photocopied pages 118 and 119 as usual.]

Affidavit one placed on top of page 118:
This certifies that Jess Durham, a convict confined in the Ky Branch Penitentiary is irresponsibly insave, is in a dangerous(?) condition and that is our opinion it would be [unreadable], unsafe, and impracticable to bring him into court. This July 21st, 1909

Dr. J R Watkins
Dr. D J TTravis

Affidavit two placed on top of page 119:
Walter Baldwin says Edwin Jones saw Shelie(?) Bannister, Robt Bannister stop and make water below Glenn Chappel schoolhouse before some girls in Dec 1904.

Affidavit three placed across pages 118 and 119:
Filed in Court July-21-10
J M S??h, Clk

Page 118
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Aug 8th 1900
James P Jones ] 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 James P Jones 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 T J Watkins 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: Manliff Tucker, T F Crift?, J H Catlett, Tom Crane, Cofold? Trinkle, J M McCollum, W E Crumbaugh, J H Compton, N W Kroue, Snford Kraue, Frank Gray & Helett Rucker

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 James P Jones is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind ___________ that he was born in NorthTown NJ, and resides in Lyon County Ky and is 55 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 and mother are dead and said James P Jones 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 James P Jones is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and W M McCollum is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed ______ guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 119

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 55 years
(b) Occupation - laborer
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits – he has been quiet. Has not drunk for 7 or 8 years
(e) Educated – not much education
2.(a) What relations have been insane -
3.(a) Date of first attack – about 2 months
(b) How exhibited – He first started by talking of the idea that people were trying to kill him
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – he has grown worse constantly
4.(a) Supposed cause – Produced by sun stroke
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what -
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper – even tempered
5.(a) Attempt at suicide – not known of but talks about it often
(b) Violence toward others -
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed - yes
(b) Treatment used -
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head - no

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