Friday, January 2, 2009

ROSA BYFORD - Pages 144-145 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 144
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court June 25th 1902
Rosa Byford ] Lunatic

This day N W Utley Protem Co. 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 Mrs. Rosa Byford is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

Navt?? W Utley County Attorney Protem
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: T E Crumbaugh, Dennis Smith, Leasel Wood, Thos Farmer, Thos Sharp, Tom O Gray, Ed D??, Jesse Ratliff, Herbert Boughter, James Langston, F P Gresham & ?? McDonald

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 Rosa Byford is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind ____ that she was born in Marshall Co Ky, and resides in Lyon Co and is 48 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 and mother dead [sic] and and [sic] said Rosa Byford is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for her support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] H J Boughter

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Rosa Byford is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that she be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and J T Hollowell is appointed to convey her to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court
O M Smith Clerk Lyon Co Court

Page 145

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 48 years
(b) Occupation -
(c) Married or Single - widow
(d) Habits -
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane -
3.(a) Date of first attack – about two months ago
(b) How exhibited – Thinks someone wants to kill her
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – grown worse
4.(a) Supposed cause – Thought her son was killed
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - no
(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
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding – “
8. Injury about head – “

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