Wednesday, January 7, 2009

SARDIS HART - Pages 154-155 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 154
August Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon Circuit Court August 19th 1903
Sardis Hart ] 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 Sardis Hosh 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
Ordered by the Court, That E H James Esq, an Attorney of this Court, be and he is hereby appointed to defend for and on behalf of the person under trial. Sardis Hart

To inquire, etc., comes a jury to-wit: E L Smith, Nelson Cash, B C Freeman, Ed Gray, C C Butt, C L Sexton, U S Cattons, Dock Culp, A Glass, Edwin Smith, John Ray & W?? Bridges

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 Sardis Hosh is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind was caused by lick on head and resides in and is serving time in Penitentiary Eddyville Ky and is about 75 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns nothing known of parents and said Sardis Hart is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] Nelson Cash foreman

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Sardis Hosh is of unsound mind and a lunatic lunatic [sic] and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and John L Smithis appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: ________

Page 155

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 75 years or about that age
(b) Occupation - convict
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits – has heretofore been homeless
(e) Educated - uneducated
2.(a) What relations have been insane – nothing known of his relations
3.(a) Date of first attack – since 9th of May 1903
(b) How exhibited - in actions acting foolishly
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – changed to viciousness
4.(a) Supposed cause – lick on head
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what - none
(c) Subject to fits. Not How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - good
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others – Some indications of such now
6.Periodic frenzy - no
7.(a) Restraint imposed – yes now had to be tied(?)
(b) Treatment used - usual
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head – lick on head as stated

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