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GRANT MORGAN - Pages TB 32-33 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
October 15 1913
Versus } Lunatic
Grant Morgan

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 Grant Morgan 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
County Attorney Lyon Court

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.

To inquire, etc., comes a Jury, to-wit: Frank Tanner, Joe Robertson, N Z Gresham, James Ramey, H.E. Yates, James Boyd, A A Ramey, D J Hensley, Jeff Walls, W Luckett, G P Gresham, F R Maddux.
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 Grant Morgan is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic
That the unsoundness of mind has existed since ____: that _he was born in ____ (State or Country) and resides in ____ County and is 68 years of age; 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 ____ father is ____ and mother is ____ and reside in ____ and ha_ not 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.)

James F Ramey Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 68 Color? Black Sex: Male Single
Occupation? Inmate of prison; Occupation of Husband? ____ Habits? ____
Extent of Education ? None; Number and date of previous attacks? ____
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? ____
Duration of present attack: for a long time; How exhibited and has it changed in character? He get mad [sic]; a crank[?] on religion[?]
Supposed cause? Brights disease Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? No;
Subject to fits? no, if so, how long and from what cause: ____
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: Dangerous; Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure others? Yes; Violent? ____ Destructive? No; Cleanly? Yes; Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: ____ What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: none; elixir bromo – chloral comp;
Any injury about the head ever received? [lick on head is written in, but crossed out]; Any bodily disease from suppression of evacuations, eruptions, sores or injuries? As above stated; What estate have the parents, husband or wife of the person under trial? ____
“Together with whatever else may be deemed material toward enabling the superintendent of the asylum to understand the case.”
He is a prisoner and we know nothing of his family record.

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Grant Morgan 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 Hopkinsville Ky., and that the superintendent of said asylum be immediately notified and directed to send for said lunatic. And should he be cured that he be returned to the prison at Eddyville to complete his term as a prisoner.

T P Gray Judge Lyon Co Court
Attest: N S King Clerk Lyon Court
Term ____ Date Oct 15 1913
Book No. 3 Page 32

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