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YOUNG DUNCAN - Pages TB 36-37 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
Feb 19 1914
Versus } Lunatic
Young Duncan

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

J S Hodges
Attorney Lyon Co 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: F R Maddux, S G Cash, W J Wells, W P Molloy, C J Gresham, W W Morrison, J Y Mize, W L Moneymaker, B C Freeman, J F Ramey, N Z Gresham and W S Scott.
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 Young Duncan is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; That the unsoundness of mind has existed since last few day [sic]: that _he was born in Lyon County Ky (State or Country) and resides in Lyon County and is ______ 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 property no estate of any kind; that father is dead and mother is dead and reside in ______ and ha_ not estate ______ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Young is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

James F Ramey Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 44 Color? White Sex: Male Married
Occupation? Farming; Occupation of Husband? ______ Habits? good
Extent of Education ? limited; Number and date of previous attacks? ______
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? ______
Duration of present attack: about 7 days; How exhibited and has it changed in character? ______
Supposed cause? ______ Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? He thinks someone is trying to kill him. Subject to fits? no, if so, how long and from what cause: ______
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: good; Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? No; Violent? No; Destructive? No; Cleanly? Yes; Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: only this present attack; What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: none;
Any injury about the head ever received? No; Any bodily disease from suppression of evacuations, eruptions, sores or injuries? No; 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 Young 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.

T P Gray Judge Lyon Court
Attest: N S King Clerk Lyon Co Court
Term ______ Date 2-19 1914
Book No. ______ Page ______

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