Wednesday, February 25, 2009

JESS DURHAM - Pages 212-213 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 212
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court July 21, 1909
COMMONWEALTH Present Hon. W L Crumbaugh Judge
Jess Durham ] Lunatic

This day E H James, Acting 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 Jess Durham is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

E H James Protem County Attorney Lyon County
Ordered by the Court, That N W Utley 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 Armstrong, F E Cummins, G E Crumbaugh, Everett? Castleberry, W P Molloy, G S Nall, Manlif Tucker, Chas Robertson, Ken Henson, J Y Mize, W S Craig & Joe Robertson

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 Jess Durham is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is from Epilepsy that he was born in Ky, and resides in Lyon Co Ky and is 40 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 reside in [Areland?/Anlead?] and have not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Jess Durham is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] C. Armstrong

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Jess Durham is of unsound mind and a harmless lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and _____is appointed to convey him to said asylum and he is allowed _____ guard. When time(?) over(?) ?? if ever he is to be returned to Eddyville Prison.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

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Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – 40 years
(b) Occupation – Prisoner in Penitentiary
(c) Married or Single - single
(d) Habits -
(e) Educated - no
2.(a) What relations have been insane -
3.(a) Date of first attack - epileptic
(b) How exhibited – attempts suicide
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – grows worse
4.(a) Supposed cause – not known
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what -
(c) Subject to fits. Yes How long – not known
From what cause – not known
(d) Natural Temper - yes
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - yes
(b) Violence toward others - no
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed - guarded
(b) Treatment used - none
(c) Bleeding - none
8. Injury about head – not known

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