Friday, December 19, 2008

JAS. W. TOWNS - Pages 128-129 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 128
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court June 4 1901
Jas W Towns ] Lunatic

This day W W Martin Protem, 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 Jas W Towns is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

W W Martin Protem County Attorney Protem
Ordered by the Court, That J F Mercy 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: W A Smith, T G Braswell, W F Gaines, L A Gray, J W Clark, J L Oliver, G W Stone, C S Glenn, J A Henson, J P Litchfield, J H Catlett & T J Baldwin

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 Jas W Towns is a person of unsound mind and a violent lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is from cause unknown to jury that he was born in Kentucky, and resides in Lyon Co Ky and is 59 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 Jas W Towns is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] John W Clark

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Jas W Towns is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and A K Boughter is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed ____ guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 129

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – about 59 years
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - Married
(d) Habits – sober & good
(e) Educated - Limited
2.(a) What relations have been insane -
3.(a) Date of first attack – about 15 years ago
(b) How exhibited – Talks all sort of foolishness
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – grown worse for last eight weeks
4.(a) Supposed cause - unknown
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – Imagines he can see fire &c &c
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - yes
5.(a) Attempt at suicide – not lately
(b) Violence toward others – yes. Attempted to kill wife today
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed – have to use force
(b) Treatment used – none lately
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head - no

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