Sunday, January 11, 2009

ELIJAH OSBORN - Pages 160-161 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 160
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court May 25th 1904
Elijah Osborn ] Lunatic

This day John D Lester, 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 Elijah Osborn is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

John D Lester County Attorney Lyon County District
Ordered by the Court, That F U 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: W D King, T R Guess, J B Withers, J W Brinson, T A Braswell, Ed Gregory, T D Lewis, P R Martin, Henry Setberry, W S Scott, I J Hollowell & Joe Kim?

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 Elijah Osborn is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is from ill health that he was born in Kentucky, and resides in Lyon Co and is 73 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 he has not estate (except $12.00 per month pension from government) sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Elijah Osborn is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] T A Braswell

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Elijah Osborn is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and John L Smith is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed ___ guard.

Attest: _______ Judge ______ Court

Page 161

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 73 years
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits - temperate
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane - no
3.(a) Date of first attack – about one week ago
(b) How exhibited – attempted violence
(c) Has it changed in character at any former period – grown worse
4.(a) Supposed cause – ill health
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – yes thinks some one is about to stealing [sic] from him
(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 – guarded by friends
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head – yes – fall on ice

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