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OSCAR STALEY - Pages 104-105 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 104
August Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Aug 28 1899
Oscar Staley ] 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 Oscar Staley 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 Utley 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: Moses Davenport, W R Skillian, H C Cash?, J M Banister, G M Champian, J W Gregory, J F Clark, W M Bowman, R H Smith, W T Hubbard, T H Crain & D A Johnson

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 Oscar Staley is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind Cause unknown that he was born in place unknown, and resides in Penitentiary at Eddyville Ky and is unknown 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 nothing is known of his parents and reside in penitentiary and has not estate of any kind known to us sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Oscar Staley is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.
W M Bowman foreman

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Oscar Staley 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 ____ guard.

Attest: Thos P Cook Judge Lyon Circuit Court

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Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - unknown
(b) Occupation – Convict Penitentiary Eddyville Ky
(c) Married or Single – supposed to be single
(d) Habits – very good
(e) Educated – seems to be uneducated
2.(a) What relations have been insane – nothing known of his relations
3.(a) Date of first attack -
(b) How exhibited -
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - no
4.(a) Supposed cause – no cause assigned
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – seems to have no mind about any thing
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper – very good
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - no
6.Periodic frenzy – continuous from first
7.(a) Restraint imposed – confined in cell
(b) Treatment used -
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head – none known

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