Sunday, May 31, 2009

JESSE JONES - Pages TB 20-21 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


STATE OF KENTUCKY } Lyon Co Ky Call Term
County of Lyon
April 14 1913
Versus } Lunatic
Jesse Jones

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 Jesse Jones 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: Joe Smith, Chas Reberson, Cook Mayhugh(?), L H Oliver, C R Pegram, D W Oliver, Shelby Satterfield, J T Jeffords, H H Hanks, Joe E Robertson, Evert(?) Jax(?), T N Cockrell
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 ______ is a person of unsound mind and a ______
That the unsoundness of mind has existed since three weeks: that he was born in ______ (State or Country) and resides in Lyon County and is 16 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 his father is dead and mother is living and reside in Lyon Co and has not estate ______ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Jesse Jones is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

J H Smith Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 16 Color? White Sex: Male Single
Occupation? ______ Occupation of Husband? ______ Habits? ______
Extent of Education ? None Number and date of previous attacks? ______
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? ______
Duration of present attack: 3 weeks How exhibited and has it changed in character? Stupidity and loss of use of muscles.
Supposed cause? Uremic poison 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: fite [sic] his mother Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self? 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: do not know
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, 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.”
Took turpentine in excess, 3 weeks ago. Urinalysis show albumin; mental condition developed since then

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Jesse 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.

______ Judge Lyon Co Court
Attest: N S King Clerk Lyon Co Court
Term April 14 1913 Date April 14 1913
Book No. ______ Page ______

Saturday, May 30, 2009

2009 Towne Family Association Meeting

The TOWNE FAMILY ASSOCIATION, INC. is a not-for-profit educational genealogical organization founded in 1980. Members are the descendants of William and Joanna (Blessing) Towne who came to America from Great Yarmouth, England and settled in Salem, MA about 1635. The couple had eight children and TFA includes descendants of both the male and female lines. TFA website:

Towne Family Association Meeting
September 25-27, 2009
To be held at:
Best Western Wynwood Hotel and Suites
580 US Hwy 1 Bypass
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Hotel reservations must be made directly with the hotel at the above number.

For more info on the meeting, folks are to contact:
Rev. Dr. Barry Cass
20 Springfield Rd
Somers, CT 06071

To register for the TFA Meeting, folks are to contact:
Wilber Purvis
2214 SW Spence St
Troutdale, OR 97060-3119

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A EUREKA moment

I love AND I hate it when this happens.

I was looking for Homer Day. He was born 22 Sep 1899 in West Virginia per his WWI registration. I had found him in the 1930 and 1920 census. I couldn't find him in the 1910. According to his WWI registration, his nearest relative was Della Welch. Since he was only 18 at the time, I figured she might be his remarried mother. I looked for Rachel Welch in the West Virginia 1910 Census and the eureka moment happened: She was listed with a son INDEXED as HORRUN D DAIGH!! Looking at the census, it looks like HOMUR D DAIGH, and he's the correct age (11).

How cool is that?!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm Still Here

I'm not finished with the Lyon County Kentucky Lunatic Inquest records. I've just been busy, so don't forget about me. I'll be posting again soon.


Friday, May 1, 2009

A Picture for Father's Friday

This is the USS Hamblen. It is the ship that took my dad, Arthur Woodson Towne, and his Army group to Okinawa during WWII.

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