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W H SEXTON - Pages 150-151 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 150
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Aug 11 1903
W H Sexton ] 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 W H Sexton 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 F A 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: C S Glenn, John Hall, W P Glenn, Mat Lyon, M F Graffinssid?, Bill Bridges, C W Rucker, W T Glass, W L Gresham, Harvey Freeman, James Boyd & Joe Robinson

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 W H Sexton is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind _______ that he was born in Lyon Co, and resides in Lyon Co and is 44 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns about 60 acres land worth about $300.00; that his father is alive and mother dead and reside in Lyon Co and has not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said W H Sexton is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] H E Freeman

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said W H Sexton is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and W E Hayden is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed ____ guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 151

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 44
(b) Occupation - farmer
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits - good
(e) Educated - moderate
2.(a) What relations have nobeen insane -
3.(a) Date of first attack – Aug ?? 1903
(b) How exhibited – hallucinations & illusions
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period - no
4.(a) Supposed cause – congestion of brain
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – hears strange sounds
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper – a little fractious
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - yes
6.Periodic frenzy - continuous
7.(a) Restraint imposed - force
(b) Treatment used – Bromide of Potassium
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head – none except sunstroke

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