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JAMES HOWERTON - Pages TB 6-7 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
Aug 4th 1911
Versus } Lunatic
James Howerton

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To T P Gray Judge of the Lyon Court: I am reliably informed that James Howerton is a person of unsound mind and a Lunatic (Lunatic or Idiot) and therefore ask that a Jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

J S Hodges
Attorney Lyon Court

Ordered by the Court, That E H James Esq an Attorney of this Court be ae and he is hereby appointed to defend for and on behalf of the person under trial.

To inquire, etc., comes a Jury, to-wit: Thos Cockrell, Jim Boyd, W B Guinn, Sam Cash, Willi? Holland, James McDonald, R S Mason, N L Gresham, C C Cummins, Joe Smith, C J Gresham, M L Langston.
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 James Howerton is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic
That the unsoundness of mind has existed since about 4 years: that he was born in Lyon County Ky (State or Country). and resides in
Lyon County and is 45? years of age; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns nothing no estate of any kind; that his father is living and mother is dead and reside in Lyon and ha__ not estate no estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said ___ is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for ____ support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

T N Cockrell Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? ___ Color? White Sex: Male Married, single
Occupation? Carpenter Occupation of Husband? ___ Habits? ___
Extent of Education: fair Number and date of previous attacks? [unreadable]
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? None that we know
Duration of present attack About 10 days How exhibited and has it changed in character? ___
Supposed cause? Specific?? attack Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? He thinks his neighbors talk.
Subject to fits: no, if so, how long and from what cause: ___
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives High temper; Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? yes Violent? yes Destructive? ___ Cleanly? yes Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: ___
What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: None
Any injury about the head ever received? none Any bodily disease from suppression of evacuations, eruptions , sores or injuries? none What estate have the parents, husband or wife of the person under trial? none
“Together with whatever else may be deemed material toward enabling the superintendent of the asylum to understand the case.”

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said James Howerton is a person of unsound mind and a Lunatic (Lunatic or dangerous Idiot); it is ordered that he be committed to the asylum for the insane at ___ Ky., and that the superintendent of said asylum be immediately notified and directed to send for said lunatic.

T P Gray Judge Lyon Co Court
Attest: U S King Clerk Lyon Co Court
Term Call Date Aug 4 1911
Book No. ___ Page ___

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