Saturday, January 3, 2009

JOHN L BROWNING - Pages 146-147 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 146
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Oct 6 1902
John L Browning ] 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 John L Browning 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 M P Molloy 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: C W Armstrong, John Bozart, D M Smith, T A Kevil, Noah Warfield, J B Glasgow, F M Hildreth, Joe Wells, A F Nickell, W J Wells, John Jones & T M Cochrell

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 John L Browning is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind _______ that he was born in Lyon Co Ky, and resides in Lyon Co and is 42 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 is dead and mother alive and resides in Lyon Co Ky and he [sic] has not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said John L Browning is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] F M Hildreth

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said John L Browning 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: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 147

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 47 years
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - widower
(d) Habits – temperate & industrious
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane – two or three cousins
3.(a) Date of first attack – about 8 years ago
(b) How exhibited – talks at random
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – grown worse
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 – attempted tokill
6.Periodic frenzy – “
7.(a) Restraint imposed - guarded
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding – “
8. Injury about head – “

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