Sunday, July 26, 2009

JOHN WILLIAMS - Pages TB 56-57 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
Feb 19 1915
Versus } Lunatic
John Williams

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To T P Gray Judge of the Lyon Co Court: I am reliably informed that John Williams 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: O Armstrong, P M Stephens, W E Humphrey, W P Molloy, S M Martin, W T Gaines, J M Gray, F M Glass, T ? B?yne, Chas Hammonds, W Z Crumbaugh & J A 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 John Williams is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; That the unsoundness of mind has existed since three weeks: that _he was born in _____ (State or Country) and resides in _____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 estate of any kind; that _____ father is - Do not know - and mother is _____ and reside in _____ and ha_ not estate _____ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said John Williams is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for _____ support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

W T Gaines Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 40 Color? Black Sex: Male Single
Occupation? Inmate of Prison; Occupation of Husband? _____ Habits? _____
Extent of Education ? none; Number and date of previous attacks? 8 ats (?)
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? Do not know;
Duration of present attack: 24 hrs; How exhibited and has it changed in character? Imm?etior;
Supposed cause? Complication of kidney disease. Syphilis & stristures; Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? Yes; Subject to fits? No; , if so, how long and from what cause: _____
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: Mild; 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: Weak [sic]; What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: None, had neo-salvarsan treatment & sounds passed;
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? Do not know;
“Together with whatever else may be deemed material toward enabling the superintendent of the asylum to understand the case.”
He is a prisoner and but little is known about him.

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said John Williams 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 Ky if cured.

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

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