Thursday, January 8, 2009

ALICE BROWNING - Pages 156-157 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 156
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Sept 24 1903
Miss Alice Browning ] Lunatic

This day N W Utley, 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 Miss Alice Browning is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

N W Utley County Attorney Protem
Ordered by the Court, That John D Lester 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: John Duncan, J H Faughn, Henry Sethern?, Chisley Kelly, G A Hall, John Hall, C S Glenn, David Doom, N W Krone, Will Gray, Newton Harlan & Jim Holland

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 Miss Alice Browning is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind _____ that she was born in Lyon County, and resides in Lyon Co and is 39 years old; that she was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that she owns no estate of any kind; that her father is alive and mother dead and have not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Alice Browning is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for her support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] J S Hall

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Alice Browning is of unsound mind and a lunatic and that she be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and John L Smith is appointed to convey her to said asylum and he is allowed ____ guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 157

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 39 years
(b) Occupation -
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits - good
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane – brother & sister
3.(a) Date of first attack – several years ago
(b) How exhibited -
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - yes
4.(a) Supposed cause – not known
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - yes
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - yes
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - yes
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed - yes
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head - no
9. Has been in asylum several years but came away about 2 years ago.

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