Monday, July 27, 2009

MARIAH COVINGTON - Pages TB 58-59 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


STATE OF KENTUCKY } Lyon Co Court Reg Term

County of Lyon
Sept 27 1915

Versus } Lunatic
Mariah Covington

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 Mariah Covington 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
Co 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: W S Williamson, Jim conley, George Yates, Frank Yates, Clarence Yates, W M Yates, Ed Flemming, John Terrell, C M Cotton, John Prince, M C Boone(?) and J C Duff;
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 Mariah Covington is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; That the unsoundness of mind has existed since Oct 1st 1915: that she was born in _____ (State or Country) and resides in Lyon County and is 62 years of age; that she was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that she owns no [sic] no estate of any kind; that her father is dead and mother is dead and reside in _____ and ha_ not estate no sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Mariah Covington is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for her support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

J F Yates Foreman

Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 62; Color? _____ ; Sex: Female; Married;
Occupation? Housework; Occupation of Husband? Farmer; Habits? Good;
Extent of Education ? None; Number and date of previous attacks? _____
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? No;
Duration of present attack: 11 months; How exhibited and has it changed in character: fall ..[unreadable];
Supposed cause? Poor health Inf?? M?? of brain; Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? _____ ; Subject to fits? yes; , if so, how long and from what cause: 11 months;
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: Mild; Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? No; Violent? No; Destructive? No; Cleanly? No; Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: No; What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: No;
Any injury about the head ever received? None; 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? No;
“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 Mariah Covington 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 Co Court
Attest: N S King Clerk Lyon Co Court
Term Reg; Date: Sept 27 1915
Book No. _____ Page _____

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