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GABE JONES - Pages TB 54-55 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
Feb 19 1915
Versus } Lunatic
Gabe Jones

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To T P Gray Judge of the Lyon County Court: I am reliably informed that _____ 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 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, P M Stephens, W E Humphres, W P Molley, S M Martin, W T Gaines, J M Gray, J M Glass, T A Bruce, Chas Hammons, W L Crumbaugh and L P Gresham.
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 Gabe Jones is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic
That the unsoundness of mind has existed for 3 months; : that _he was born in _____ (State or Country) and resides in _____ County and is 35 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 Do not know.. and mother is _____ and reside in _____ and ha_ not estate X_____ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Gabe Jones is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for h_____ support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

W T Gaines Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 35 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? Do not know;
Duration of present attack: Since November; How exhibited and has it changed in character? He think something is after him; Supposed cause? General Weakness; Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? Yes. He think people & other thing are after him. [sic] Subject to fits? no, if so, how long and from what cause: _____; Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: Bad; Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? Yes; Violent? Yes; Destructive? Yes; Cleanly? No; Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: Weak [sic] What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: Confined in cell; Any injury about the head ever received? Yes – years past; 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.”
He is a prisoner and we do not know much about him. He was sent to prison for Wilful Murder ? cases.

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Gabe Jones 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. He is to be returned to the State Prison at Eddyville if cured.

T P Gray Judge Lyon Co Court
Attest: N S King Clerk Lyon Co Court
Term _____ Date: Feb 19 1915
Book No. _____ Page _____

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