Sunday, July 5, 2009

MARY DUNCAN - Pages TB 42-43 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
May 23, 1914
Versus } Lunatic
Mary Duncan

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 Mary Duncan 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: O T Bonner(?), T R Doles(?), L A Gray, Sam G Cash, J Y ?hye?, N A Dobs?, Mark Holland, W H T?pkin, Frank Jefords, James McDonald, David Scott, Shelly Satterfield.
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 Mary Duncan is a person of unsound mind and a lunatick [sic]. That the unsoundness of mind has existed since ____: that _he was born in Lyon County Ky (State or Country) and resides in Lyon County and is 29 years of age; that _he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that she owns ____ no estate of any kind; that her father is dead and mother is dead and no 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.)

Sam G Cash Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 29 Color? White Sex: Female; Single
Occupation? Housework; Occupation of Husband? ____ Habits? ____
Extent of Education ? limited; Number and date of previous attacks? 3 during ?? 3 year
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? Brother;
Duration of present attack: ____ How exhibited and has it changed in character? ____
Supposed cause? Bad health; 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: melanchalay [sic] 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: ____
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 ____ is a person of unsound mind and a ____ (Lunatic or dangerous Idiot); it is ordered that _he be committed to the asylum for the insane at ____ Ky., and that the superintendent of said asylum be immediately notified and directed to send for said lunatic.

T P Gray Judge ____ Court
Attest: ____ Clerk ____ Court
Term ____ Date ____
Book No. ____Page ____

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