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EASTERN STATE HOSPITAL, Lexington, Kentucky
DEATHS REPORTED IN NEWSPAPERS
1826-1953

 

Mr. Ben C. Allin - 1898

Mr. Ben C. Allin died of softening of the brain, Tuesday, at the Lexington Asylum, to which place he was taken some months ago and was the eldest son of the late Col. B. C. Allin, and was a kind-hearted and popular gentleman. His remains were brought here Wednesday and at 2 in the afternoon funeral services were held by Dr. Marshall at the home of his brother, Mr. B. W. Allin. The interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Source: Harrodsburg Democrat, Harrodsburg, Mercer Co, Ky, Fri Mar 4, 1898

 

Mrs. Henrietta Anderson - 1897

Mrs. Henrietta Anderson, widow of the late Rev. Henry T. Anderson, died at the insane asylum here at 2 o'clock Sunday morning aged 67 years. She was the mother of Mrs. Creed Cardwell, of Louisville; Mrs. John B. Thompson and Mrs. A.B. Rue, of Harrodsburg. Her husband, who was a noted Christian minister, died about six years ago, and soon after his death Mrs. Anderson lost her mind. The remains were shipped to Harrodsburg last night for burial.
Source: The Daily Leader, Lexington, KY, 18 January 1897, p. 5 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Geo. F. Stigers - 1903
Died - in the insane asylum in Lexington, Dec. 9th. Mr. Geo. F. Stigers, of Mt. Zion. He was an honest and upright citizen; highly esteemed by his many friends. He will be sadly missed. Mr. Stigers has been a life-long sufferer from spinal affection, and was at last attacked with congestion of the brain, which developed mental derangement. His physician and friends decided to send him to the asylum in hopes that he would be benefited, but in vain. His disease was beyond control. After a stay of some two weeks, death came to relieve his great sufferings. He leaves a heartbroken wife and six children - five boys and one girl- a sorely grieved mother and two sisters. The remains were sent home Dec. 10th and next evening the funeral services were conducted by Rev. M.H. Adams, of Frankfort, at Mt. Zion Church. The body was returned to mother earth in the family burying ground to await the resurrection morn. The pall-bearers were Messrs. W.H. Sudduth, Ezra Allison, Allen Stigers, Ezra Sheets, Ed. Stigers and Archie Moore. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing ones.
"Weep not, dear mother, and loving wife. Your heavenly father knoweth best. He hears your prayers; He knows your grief. And has given a sufferer happy rest."

 

Polly Anderson - 1909

Mrs. Polly Anderson, aged 62, mother of Lee Anderson of this city, died Monday night at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum of which she had been an inmate for the last seventeen years. The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. I.J. Spencer officiating.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 07 December 1909, p. 7 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Victoria Arnold - 1911

Colored Notes. Mrs. Victoria Arnold, died Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum, The body was moved to the residence of her daughter, Miss Henrietta Reed, 406 Chestnut street. The funeral services will probably be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 05 March 1911, p. 13 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Mrs. Nanni Avent & Mr. Richard D. Yates - 1912

Two deaths within thirty minutes occurred at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum Sunday morning.  Mrs. Nanni Avent, 28 years of age, of Middlesboro, died at 5:30 o'clock of pellagra, and Mr. Richard D. Yates, 51 years of age, who had for twelve years been a highly valued member of the staff of attendants, dying at 6 o'clock of pneumonia, after an illness of only two days.
Mrs. Avent's husband will arrive here Monday to make arrangements for the funeral services. Mrs. Avent was sent to the asylum on June 5, 1911, from Bell county, and on September 23 was released. On December 21, 1911, she was again brought here and it was believed that she was afflicted with the disease in a mild form at the time. The body will probably be buried at Middlesboro.
Mr. Yates is survived by his wife, and one daughter, Mrs. F.X. Erd. His burial will take place under the auspices of the Improved Order of Red Men, of which he was a charter member. The funeral services will take place at the residence, 572 Woodland avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 05 February 1912, p. 3 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Norman Baylous - 1910

Through the death of Norman Baylous of Catlettsburg, who died at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum here Saturday, a pathetic story of simultaneous death of husband and wife has come to light.
At the same hour that her husband's life was ebbing away at the Asylum here, Mrs. Martha Baylous was dying at her home in Catlettsburg. Both were buried Sunday afternoon.
Baylous went violently insane several weeks ago on the subject of religion. It was evident when he was brought here that he would not live long. His wife brooded so over his ailment that she practically died of a broken heart. They are survived by eight children ranging from a marriageable age to about six or seven years.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 29 March 1910, p. 1 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

James Bliss - 1909

James Bliss, aged 74 years, a former Confederate soldier whose home was in Boyd county, was taken from the Asylum, where he died Wednesday, and was buried in the Lexington Cemetery Thursday afternoon. The wife of Mr. Bliss was Mrs. Julia Jackson, also deceased. Mr. Bliss had several kinspeople in Lexington, among whom were two nephews, H.W. Jackson, with the Transylvania Printing Co; C.J . Allen, with March's furniture store, Miss Elmer Allen, a former teacher in Dudley school, and Len Allen who is superintendent of the Ashland division of the C. & O.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 30 July 1909, p. 7 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Mr. John Bond - 1904

Mr. John Bond, aged 68, a resident of Maysville, died in the Lexington asylum Sunday of apoplexy.
Mr. Bond came to the asylum about a month ago. Friday he suffered a severe stroke of apoplexy and Sunday the attack was repeated with fatal results.
Mrs. Bond and relatives came Monday to arrange for his funeral.
Mr. Bond was a chemist of ability, was president of the Bond Herb Co., of Maysville, and had been a distiller for several companies throughout the state. He was in business here about twenty years ago at the stand where the Navarre saloon at Water and Limestone now is and had a lucrative trade. He was a man of good standing and the misfortune which led to his presence in the asylum was deeply regretted.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 24 October 1904, p. 5 col. 1;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Joseph Boston - 1910

Joseph Boston, of Bellepoint, KY., died at the Asylum Tuesday. His body was taken to his home Tuesday afternoon and the funeral services were held Wednesday, the Rev. C.R. Hudson officiating.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 14 September 1910, p. 12 col. 6;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Judge Call - 1826

From the Lexington, Ky., Gaz., April 21, On yesterday morning Judge Call was found dead in his room in the Lunatic Asylum, suspended by the neck to one of the iron sashes, by means of his handkerchief and suspenders. No suspicion had been entertained by the keepers of his having any intention of putting an end to his existence.
Source: Republican Star and General Advertiser, Easton, Maryland, 09 May 1826;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Jennie Centers - 1907

Brought to the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum in this city three days ago a raving maniac, Mrs. Jennie Centers, aged 23, died at that institution Thursday night of exhaustion from acute mania.
The unfortunate woman was the wife of J.W. Carter, of Jackson, and a daughter-in-law of Hiram Centers, formerly Jailer of Breathitt County. The body was prepared for burial at Wiehl's undertaking establishment and shipped to Jackson Friday for burial.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, 12 January 1907 p. 2 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Lillie Childers - 1904

Circumstances surround[ing] a mysterious suicide at the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum in this city came to light Saturday, leading to suspicion on the part of relatives of the victim that the death of Mrs. Lillie Childers, whose lifeless body was found a few days ago suspended from a transom in her room at that institution, was due to negligence on the part of some of the asylum attendants.
Every effort, it is alleged, has been made to suppress the facts in the case from the public and and not until yesterday did it become generally known that Mrs. Childers took her own life, it being believed by those who saw the body sent to her former home in Jackson that she had died from natural causes.
The asylum officials explain their reticence in the matter by saying that it was at the request of the victim's husband that the facts were kept from the public.
Mrs. Childers, the unfortunate woman, the wife of Hardin Childers, a well known citizen of Jackson, Breathitt county, was brought to the asylum several months ago violently insane. Her hallucination led to suicidal mania. As is customary with such patients, she was placed in an apartment in what is known as the violent ward under the constant surveillance of an attendant. The rooms on this ward contain only necessary articles of furniture and these are securely fastened so that there is no possibility of patients doing themselves harm. Investigation discloses the fact, however, that a chair was left in Mrs. Childers' room and the oversight enabled her to carry out her rash design. When found by the attendant her body was hanging by a fragment of her bed clothing from the transom and life was extinct.
It took only a cursory glance to show that she had torn up the sheet that covered her bed, climbed up in the chair that had been carelessly left in the room, adjusted the fatal noose, tied the other end to the transom and kicked the chair from under her. Death must have resulted from slow strangulation.
The members of her family are asking the question, where was the attendant, who is supposed to keep constant watch over these violent patients all that time? The suicide was discovered shortly after 4 o'clock in the morning.
When questioned in regard to the matter the woman attendant stated that at 4:05 o'clock she made her usual round of the ward and saw nothing unusual to attract her attention in the room occupied by Mrs. Childers, who seemed to be sleeping. Yet fifteen minutes later, at 4:20 o'clock, the same attendant discovered the body hanging from the transom. Relatives of the dead woman are asking the question. It is possible for any one to make the preparations the suicide did, hang herself and be dead in fifteen minutes. The statement of the attendant seems to have been accepted without question at the asylum.
The body was prepared by Undertaker J.H. Weihl, of this city, for burial and sent to Jackson the same day for interment, after it was viewed by Coroner Molloy. As far as can be learned secrecy was enjoined upon all and not even the suicide's relatives in this city knew the facts surrounding her death until several days later.
The action of the asylum officials in endeavoring to cover up or suppress the circumstances surrounding the case has called forth unfavorable criticism from the victim's relatives in this city, and they do not hesitate to say that if the proper supervision had been exercised over the patient she would have been alive today. Whether there are grounds for their complaint or not, they say they cannot understand why the asylum officials refused to make public the facts in regard to her death. It is argued by the woman's relatives that had the chair not been left in the room the patient could not have climbed to the transom and had the attendant exercised the proper supervision over her ward the woman's suicidal design would have been discovered in time to prevent its execution.
Mrs. John Combs, of East Fourth street, this city, is a sister of Mrs. Childers and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her sister's death, coupled with the effort of the asylum officials to cover up the matter have served to accentuate her grief over her sister's tragic end.
In this connection it is cited that Frank Mason, a well known local sporting man, died at the asylum a few days ago also and the facts in regard to his death have not been made public. A prominent Lexington man was in Cincinnati Friday and there he learned that the body of Mason had passed through that city en route North for burial, while the news of his death was unknown in Lexington. When the intelligence of his death became known his friends feared that he had suicided also, as it was so sudden, but investigation disclosed the fact that it was due to paralysis. Mr. Mason's son, Gynn Mason, is chief chemist of the Heinz Pickling Co. of Pittsburg, Pa., and was greatly surprised on reaching Lexington to know that his father was dead.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, 11 September 1904, sec. 2 p. 1 cols. 4-5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Theodore Clay - 1870

The Cincinnati "Enquirer" of the 19th inst., comments as follows on the announcement of the death of Theodore, eldest son of Henry Clay, in the Lexington (Ky.) Lunatic Asylum, after a long confinement:
At thirty years of age Theodore Clay was a promising lawyer. He was the image and the hope of the Statesman whose fame was on every tongue. It is true there were whispers of wild living or indifferent morals, that somewhat tinged his fair repute, and even darkened his future prospects. Still it was hoped that these were but the result of youth, and would be set aside when circumstances called upon the natural man to assert himself and make his talent felt in the community.
It was at this turning point in his life that Theodore Clay began to pursue , with an unwearied perseverance that caused his friends great uneasiness, a young lady of Lexington, whom he had long loved hopelessly. The object of his attachment, who is at present one of the brightest ornaments of Kentucky society, repulsed firmly, but kindly, every attention offered by the infatuated young man, after his meaning had become manifest. It were useless: he would not be refused, and followed her in the streets by day, and wandered in the neighborhood of her home by night, in an annoying manner, until at last it became evident that he "was not all there." to use the soft phrase by which a kindly peasantry express insanity. Subsequent violent demonstrations tended to confirm the impression, it being even related that he went to the house of Mr. _____ and demanded his daughter at the pistol's point, until at last the wretched truth could no longer be ignored and confinement in the Asylum became a necessity. This was accordingly done (in 1832 we believe), his father providing for his support at that time, and leaving $10,000 in his will, the income from which was secured to Theodore for life. That life, after thirty-eight years of imprisonment, in what in the earlier days of his confinement he was wont to call "a good boarding house, but having some of the biggest fools he ever saw as boarders," has just closed. For nearly thirty years he was one of the most noted of the inmates, not only his proud descent, but his graceful manners and flow of conversation rendering him an object of interest to all visitors. He labored under the hallucination that he was George Washington, and was fond of assuming the traditional attitude of the Father of his Country. At the occasional balls given to the inmates (averaging some 500 in number) he was always beau par excellence.—During all these long years, despite his general gentleness and cheerfulness of manner, he was restless and discontented, and required close watching, it never, in fact having been considered prudent to allow him to go out on the grounds without attendants. About the year 1869, his condition began to grow worse, and he soon after became demented, continuing in hopeless idiocy until a few days since, when Death, greater healer than Time, placed him again upon an equality with the peers of his early manhood who had gone before him to the God that created him and did with him according to His inscrutable will. And so ends as sad a story as the truth of history ever commanded to be written.
Two sons of Henry Clay yet survive him—T.H. Clay, ex-minister to Honduras, now residing on his place, "Mansfield," near Lexington, and John M. Clay, the raiser of "Kentucky," and one of the greatest turfmen living.
Source: The Farmer's Cabinet, Amherst, New Hampshire, 26 May 1870;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Silas A. Cliff - 1904

Silas A. Cliff, an aged inmate of the E.K.L. Asylum, died Monday. He was 82 years of age. His body was sent to his old home at Helena, Ky.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 08 March 1904, p. 8 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Houghson Clouse - 1901

Houghson Clouse, an inmate of the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum, is dead from old age. He has been an inmate of the institution for a number of years, having come from Knox County. His body was buried in the asylum cemetery.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, 30 July 1901. p. 5 col. 6l ;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

Comments: Per census was born in 1842 KY; served in Civil War; wife Jane received a widows pension

 

Rice Cochran - 1908

Rice Cochran, who had been an inmate of the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for fifty years died Tuesday. No trace can be found of any of his relatives, and he will be buried at the Asylum.
Source: The Lexington [KY] Leader, 18 March 1908, p. 2 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

Comments: Per census: born 1829 KY; previously lived in Jefferson County

 

Judge Lewis Collins - 1870
The venerable Judge Lewis Collins, widely known as the author of Collins' History of Kentucky, died at the Eastern Lunatic Asylum last Saturday evening. Judge Collins was the oldest member of the Press, in this State. For many years he was the editor of the Maysville Eagle. When he abandoned the duties of newspaper life, he was made judge of the Court Court of Mason, and was President of several corporations. He had been insane for some years, and was so violent as to render his confinement in the Asylum a necessity. When in his right mind, he was actively benevolent and religious. For more than half a century he was a leading and devoted member of the Presbyterian Church. The good old man is at rest. Peace to his ashes.
Source: The Observer and Reporter, Lexington, KY, 02 February 1870, p. 3 col. 4 ;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Lucas Collins- 1943

Age 74 died Fayette Co. (8-20-1943), was a resident of Robertson Co. Lucas Collins died at Eastern State Hospital last Friday morning of heart trouble and other ailments. he was the son of George & Charlotte Collins and was born in Mason County near Abigal. he was 73 years old, 6 months and 1 day. He was a quiet and upright citizen and had many friends. He is survived by his wife, four sons and two daughters, namely Odey, and Boyd Collins of this county, Slater, with the Armed Forces in Africa, and Clifford, in the Navy; Mrs. W. B. Wood, and Miss Elizabeth Collins at home, and six grandsons and seven granddaughters, he is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Joseph Merril, and three brothers, William, Jesse, and Alonzo Collins. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Olivet Christian Church Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. D. C. Insko, with interment following in the Mt Olivet Cemetery in charge of Bratton & Insko.
Taken from: TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT August 26, 1943; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Mrs. Eliza Cooper - 1905

Mrs. Eliza Cooper, of Mason county, died at the Asylum Friday. Her body was sent to Maysville Saturday morning and was taken to her home at Rectorville, where the interment will take place Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 15 October 1905, sec. 2 p. 5 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Frank Coyle - 1899

Frank Coyle, a colored man aged about 40, sent from this county to the
Lexington Asylum several years ago, died there of epilepsy May 9th. Buried there.
Source: Owingsville [KY] Outlook, Thu 18 May 1899; Contributed by LeAnne Poole (LAPoole at aol.com)

 

David Crowder - 1907

David Crowder, a clerk for Rhodes Downing, the Vine street baker, died Sunday night at the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum Hospital, where he had been under treatment for a nervous disorder for several weeks. He had been sick and unable to attend to business since last July.
Mr. Crowder was aged thirty-six years and was unmarried. He was a son of Barlow Crowder, of Brand avenue, and a brother of Henry Crowder, patrolman, and Edward Crowder, with the Williams foundry. The funeral will take place Wednesday from the residence of his brother on Brand Avenue. The pall bearers will be M.T. Coons, Al. W. Davis, Lewis Hambrick, Harry Lewis, Rhodes Downing and J.W. Williams.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 09 December 1907, p. 7 col. 6;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Sophronia Dean - 1905

Sophronia Dean, 57, died at Eastern Kentucky Asylum December 26, from exhaustion following chronic mania. Burial at Frankfort, December 28.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 29 December 1905, p. 4 col. 6;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Walter Deaton - 1953

A hearing on a charge of murder was scheduled in police court today for Raymond Thomas Jr., 38, of 526 Blackburn Avenue, a patient at Eastern State Hospital, in connection with the death of another patient.
Police said Walter Deaton, 25, of Letcher county, died of a broken neck after being struck by Thomas about 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Deaton had escaped from the institution recently and had been returned a short time before he was struck.
Francis Marsalas, Newport, another patient, said Deaton was sitting on a chair beside his bed trying to explain where he had been during his escape when Thomas walked up and struck him on the side of the neck.
Dr. Charles D. Feuss Jr., hospital superintendent, said today that Thomas "still doesn't realize anything has happened and probably never will."
He described the men as both being "very sick."
"It would be hard to say which was the sicker," he said.
"There was no murderous intent on his (Thomas') part," Fuess explained. "Patients with his type of illness are liable to strike a wall, somebody near them or even themselves."
Fuess said that arrangements have been made to transfer Thomas to Central State hospital at Lakeland, an institution which has facilities to care for the criminally insane, if the court orders or prefers it.
Source: The Lexington [KY] Leader, 05 May 1953, p. 1 col. 1;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Amelia Demaree - 1908

Mrs. Amelia Demaree  died at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for the Insane at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The body was shipped to Pleasureville, Ky., via the Louisville and Nashville railroad at 8:10 o'clock Monday morning. Mr. A. Alexander, of Pleasureville, will accompany the body. Mrs. Demaree came from one of the leading families of Henry county. She is a sister of H.C. Hall and Mrs. John Wills, of Pleasureville, Ky.
Source: The Lexington [KY] Leader, 06 April 1908, p. 7 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Mrs. Ann Laura Doyle - 1949

Obituary Mrs. George Doyle from the “The Winchester Sun” Monday November 7, 1949
Death Comes to Mrs. George Doyle
Mrs. Ann Laura Doyle, wife of Dr. George F. Doyle, died at a 5:45 a.m. today at a Lexington hospital following a long illness. Mrs. Doyle was born in Montgomery County, and was a daughter of the late Dr. Roger Q. and Sarah Brown Drake. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons, Roger Drake Doyle, Great Lakes, Ill. and Dr. George F. Doyle, Perry Point, Md.; two brothers Ben P. and Roger Q. Drake, Mt. Sterling, and four grandchildren. Private funeral services will be conducted at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at the grave in the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. Dalton Leath, pastor of the First Baptist Church. The body is at the Edgington Funeral Home; Contributed by Mary Hatton

 

S.S. Dunn - 1898

"S. S. Dunn, an inmate of the Eastern Lunatic asylum, died Saturday night, and the remains were sent to his old home, Richmond, Ky." 

Source: WINCHESTER DEMOCRAT, November 22,1898; Contributed by Mary Doyle Johnson, Mdjjsd@aol.com

 

Capt. Peter Everett - 1900

Capt. Peter Everett, a widely known Confederate soldier, and one of the most gallant Kentuckians in the Civil War, died at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for the Insane at 1 o'clock this afternoon.
For some years Capt. Everett had been in ill health and within the past two weeks he had been gradually succumbing with the dread disease which finally brought on his death.
About 26 years ago Capt. Everett was ordered sent to the asylum in this city and he had remained there ever since. Many who visited the institution will remember seeing him roaming about the premises decked out in gay attire and willing to talk to any one of the gallant deeds done by him during the terrible strife between the North and South. All during the years of his confinement he was remembered by his friends of other days and frequent visits were made by them to try to bring sunshine back to his darkened life.
Capt. Everett was a man of wonderful vitality and in his younger days was fond of fox hunting. He was bitten by a red fox upon one of these hunting expeditions and it is claimed that this brought on a disease which caused his mind to fail and resulted in his being sent to the asylum here about 26 years ago.
The asylum officials and all who came in contact with Capt. Everett had nothing but kindly words to speak of him. He was a most obedient inmate and rarely caused trouble, although it was necessary to keep a strict watch upon him to prevent his committing violence to himself. Several times he left the institution and roamed about the streets of the city, but was recaptured and returned to the asylum.
Born in Montgomery County, at Mt. Sterling about 65 years ago, of excellent family, his youth was shaped for his later life. Dashing, of ability, companionable, Peter Everett was fitted for a soldier. When the North and South parted he cast his lot with the latter side and strove for a cause that was lost.
At the outbreak of the war he organized a company of about sixty men. Part of the time the company [was] with Gen. Morgan; then it would hasten to Western Virginia, where it sought redress for wrongs inflicted by the North. Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee were his fighting ground.
In 1862, when the Federals held the Montgomery county court house and had confined therein those persons who wore the gray, he heard of the shooting of a prisoner. Without the town of Mt. Sterling were encamped a great body of Union soldiers, but, fearing nothing, he with his band of sixty swept into the town and with torch fired the court house, freed the soldiers and dashed away again without being captured.
Again, later in the war, when Gen. Burbridge held Lexington, Capt. Peter Everett conceived the plot of capturing the General and carrying him to Virginia as a hostage. He learned that the General intended taking a morning train to Cincinnati. He burned a bridge between this city and Paris and captured the train, but only secured a few prisoners, among them some Federal Captains. Fortunately for Gen. Burbridge he, through illness, missed the train.
The funeral services have not yet been arranged, but it is probable that the Confederate Veterans' Association will take charge of the remains and give him a fitting burial.
Capt. James Blackburn of Spring Station, who is said to be a brother-in-law of Capt. Peter Everett, was telegraphed to as soon as Capt. Everett died and the asylum authorities are awaiting an answer before deciding what disposition will be made of the body.
Capt. Oliver Redd, Secretary of the Kentucky Confederate Veterans' Association said this afternoon that if it was agreeable to the family the Confederate Veterans' Association would take charge of the funeral arrangements and burial would take place in the Confederate burying ground at the cemetery.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 20 November 1900, p. 5 cols. 1-2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Sanford B. Forman - 1910

Sanford B. Forman, a young colored inventor and soldier, died at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum Monday morning at 12 o'clock. Many are familiar with the sad history of this young man, who became mentally unbalanced last summer from nervousness and overwork. He married Miss Anna Harden, the eldest daughter of E.J. Harden, who was a graduate of Chandler Normal School, and who in addition to proficiency in literary and musical matters, is one of the most proficient professional cooks in the city. Forman came to Lexington five years ago after an honorable discharge from the army. He saw service in the Philippines and far west, He was a genius, a bright witty conversationalist and greatly liked by all who knew him. He leaves a host of friend who extend their sympathy to his bereaved wife and relatives. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 10 August 1910, p. 11 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

James H. Gaitskill - 1911

Mr. James H. Gaitskill, 78 years old, of Winchester, who had been an inmate of the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for a number of years, died at that institution Wednesday afternoon, The body was taken to Winchester this morning on the 11:40 C. & O. train for burial in the Winchester cemetery in the afternoon.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 04 May 1911, p. 10 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Joseph Gleason - 1912

Colored Notes. Joseph Gleason died at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum Wednesday morning. His body was sent to Frankfort for burial on the C. & O. afternoon train.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 05 June 1912, p. 11 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

William Worth Goodpaster - 1910

William Worth Goodpaster died at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum, Lexington, Sunday, July 17. His health broke down about two and a half years ago, and he had been in the asylum since last January a year ago. Owing to failure to reach his family by telephone it was not notified until Monday. The body was brought to his home, at Kendall's Spring, Monday night. The funeral was held at the home at two o'clock p.m. Tuesday, July 19, services being conducted by Elder G. W. Mills. The interment was made on the home farm.
Deceased was 59 years of age. He was the second oldest child of Perry Goodpaster and wife, both deceased, and was born and reared a few miles west of town. He was reared a farmer and followed that occupation. He was an industrious, thrift man and a good citizen, having many friends who esteemed him for his generous, social qualities.
He married Miss Nannie Jones daughter of James M. and Martha J. Jones, both deceased. She and the following children survive: Mary, wife of Ely Craycraft, of Kendall's Spring; Bertie, wife of Albert Holder, of Roslyn, Powell county; Minnie, wife of B. Albert Shrout, of Pleasant Valley; Nora, of Mt. Sterling; Martha, at home; James, of Forge Mill; Oscar, of Oak Grove, Missouri; Laura Ella, wife of William Carpenter, of Kendall's Spring; and Carl, at home.
Of deceased's father's family the brothers and sisters are, Bettie, wife of G. Wash McKinivan, of White Oak; Mary, deceased; Charles, deceased; Belle, who married Charles Chastain and died in the west; Ella, widow of Harrison Hamilton, of near Stoops; Nannie, wife of Lee Young, of Montgomery county; Tibbs, of Rogersville, Missouri.
The bereaved family have the sympathy of a host of friends in their sorrow.
Source: Owingsville Outlook, Thursday, July 28, 1910; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Maria Green (colored).

"Not long after the death of my wife [in September 1880] my daughter Maria was stricken very severely, which resulted in her losing her mind and thus having to be taken to the Lexington Asylum, where she died in a short time."
Source: Life of the Rev. Elisha W. Green, Maysville KY, The Republican Printing Office, 1888;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

John Griffith - 1907

John Griffith died at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for the Insane yesterday afternoon. The remains were sent to Ford, Madison county, Kentucky, his home, Monday morning.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 25 February 1907, p. 8 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Etta Griffith - 1906

Mrs. Etta Griffith, aged eighteen, who died at the asylum Saturday, was buried in the family burying ground at Jack's Creek at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 10 December 1906. p. 6 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar
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Robert Hamilton - 1905

Robert Hamilton, 67, died at Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum November 17; burial November 18 in Lexington cemetery. Cause of death, pneumonia.
Source: The Lexington [KY] Leader, 19 November 1905, sec. 1 p. 8 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Martha Harrison - 1906

Martha Harrison, 70, colored, died April 28 at Eastern Kentucky Asylum of paralysis. Burial in No. 2 cemetery April 30.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 30 April 1906, p. 4 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Richard S. Haskill - 1916

A bad bruise over the heart may have been the cause of the death of Richard S. Haskill, who died under strange circumstances an hour after he had arrived at the Eastern State Hospital Monday afternoon. According to Coroner Leigh R. Gordon, Haskill had been serving a sentence at the workhouse for being drunk. Coroner Gordon will hold an inquest into the mystery this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Among the witnesses summoned are C.R. Jordan, city workhouse keeper; some of the prisoners at the jail, who were near Haskill in the last few days of his life; Dr. E.J. Brashear, one of the

city physicians who attended the sick man at the jail; attendants and physicians at the Eastern State Hospital, and Patrolmen Eades and Woodward, who arrested Haskill last week.
The body of the dead man has been removed to the undertaking establishment of J.H. Wiehl & Son, where it awaits the arrival of his father, Dr. R.C. Haskill, a dentist of Washington, D.C., who is expected to be in Lexington this morning on the 8:20 o'clock Chesapeake & Ohio train. Dr. Haskill was notified Monday afternoon in a telegram from Coroner Gordon and replied Tuesday morning that he would arrive here today.
Coroner Gordon examined the body yesterday and tabulated the wounds. The bruise that attracted the most attention was a discoloration directly over the heart. The bruise is about the size of a man's hand, light colored around the edges and blacker in the center with an abrasion of the skin about the size of a dime. Located as it is over the heart of a man who is believed to have been drinking heavily, this is deemed a possible cause of death and the matter will be given the fullest investigation by Coroner Gordon.
Patrolmen Eades and Woodward arrested Haskill last Thursday night in a room in the boarding house of Mrs. J.T. Bohannon, 501 West Main street, the same house in which Fred and Annie Berry were found dead under mysterious circumstances some time ago. The officers stated that they found him in a stupor and that there were three partially emptied half pint whisky bottles. Mrs. Bohannon said Haskill had come there three days before and had never left his room for meals.

After a trial in police court, Haskill was sentenced to eight days in the workhouse, but his condition was such that he never left the cell, according to Mr. Jordan. At times he muttered about the loss of his wife. Efforts to locate Mrs. Haskill at Cox Creek, R.F.D. No. 1, yesterday failed and the reply was that there was no such person who lived in that vicinity.
Dr. Brashear stated that he visited the man while at the workhouse, but he did not examine his body. The man is a splendid specimen, weighing about 175 pounds and evidently in perfect health except for the effects of a drinking spree.
Source: The Lexington [KY] Herald, 23 February 1916, p. 5 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

H.C. Hazelrigg - 1905

H.C. Hazelrigg, aged 29, a cousin of ex-Chief Justice J.H. Hazelrigg, died Tuesday at the asylum of tuberculosis. He had been an inmate of the institution since 1899. Undertaker W.A. Sutton came after the body and took it to Mt. Sterling Wednesday on the 11:10 C. & O. train for burial.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 26 April 1905, p. 8 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Crella Henson - 1940

NATIVE OF ROBERTSON DIES IN LEXINGTON: Crella Henson, son of the late Lewis Henry Henson of Henson Ridge, this county, died at 5 o'clock Tuesday morning (Jan. 30, 1940) at the State Hospital in Lexington. The remains were brought to the Kain and Sheeler Funeral Home in Mt. Olivet Tuesday afternoon, where funeral service were held by the Rev. Carroll of the Sardis Methodist Church, 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Deceased was aged 55 years.  He has been an inmate of the State institution the past 19 years.  He is survived by two brothers, Durward Henson of near Sardis and Mason Henson of Bethel, Ohio.

Source:  TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT February 1, 1940; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Katherine P. Hermes - 1908

Miss Katherine P. Hermes, aged 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Hermes, died Sunday night at 6 o'clock at the residence of her parents on the E.K.L. Asylum grounds after a protracted illness. Besides her father and mother, she is survived by four sisters and three brothers. The funeral services will take place at St. Paul's Catholic Church Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock. The pall bearers will be Harry Wisman, George B. Fotsch, Willie Fister, Murphy Fitzpatrick, John Ginocchio, Roger McGurk.
Source: The Lexington [KY] Leader, 17 August 1908, p. 8 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Henry Herndon - 1893

"The funeral of Henry Herndon, a late inmate of the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum, took place from the cemetery chapel this afternoon at 2 o'clock." 
Source: Monday issue, Kentucky Leader, 2/13/1893, p2, c2.
; Contributed by Yvonne Giles

 

T. B. Hiles - 1900

T.B. Hiles, an inmate of the E.K. Asylum for the Insane, died at that institution yesterday morning of softening of the brain. The deceased was a well known farmer and trader of Scott County, who was sent to the asylum here about two months ago suffering from brain trouble. He leaves a widow and three sons.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 15 July 1900, p. 2 col. 1;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

William H. Hogan - 1905

William H. Hogan, who died at the local asylum Sunday, was buried Tuesday afternoon. It was learned Tuesday that only a few days ago he fell heir to about $3,000, left to him by his aunt, Mr. Margaret Price, who recently died at Richmond, Ky. Hogan was a courier to Gen. John H. Morgan and came originally from Jessamine county. A former wife, Mrs. Mattie Hogan, living at 629 North Upper street, this city, survives him, and she it is said will institute proceedings to procure the property left her husband.
The brothers and sisters of the deceased living in Jessamine and Madison counties were much surprised to hear of his death when apprised of it this morning by telephone. They say they had no intimation even that he was ill and are at a loss to know why they were not notified of his death until only a few hours before his burial, some of them not having sufficient notice to get here in time for the interment.
Mrs. John Duncan, of Richmond, a sister of the deceased, telephoned during the morning that she would reach Lexington in the afternoon and would make an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of her brother.
The asylum officials say the man died Sunday and that his ex-wife gave directions as to the funeral arrangements.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 31 January 1905, p. 8 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Lou Ellen Holmes - 1910

Late Colored Notes. Mrs. Lou Ellen Holmes died Thursday morning at the asylum. Her funeral will be held Saturday at 2 o'clock from her aunt Josephine Faulkner's residence at 303 Lock Street.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 06 October 1910, p. 7 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Louisa Hood - 1906

Louisa Hood, 82, died March 7 at Eastern Kentucky Asylum, of exhaustion from acute mania. Burial at Winchester March 8.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 11 March 1906, p. 7 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Anderson Ison - 1936

The body of Anderson Ison, 53 years old, formerly of the Blackey section, died in the Eastern State hospital, Lexington, Ky., was brought to the Johnson Funeral home here to be prepared for burial.
The body was then sent to his former home on the river near Blackey, for burial. Ison had been in the hospital for more than 18 years.
Source: Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY, 27 October 1936, p. 1;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

W.C. Jackson - 1908

W.C. Jackson, aged 58 years, who has been a patient at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for the Insane since June 27, 1900, died Tuesday afternoon of heart failure while in his ward. Interment was made in the Asylum cemetery. The patient was brought to the asylum from Barbourville, his case being pronounced acute mania.
Source: The Lexington [KY] Leader, 02 January 1908, p. 6 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Dr. Edward Jones - 1895

At an early hour this morning Dr. Edward Jones fell from a second story window of the main building at the Eastern Kentucky Insane Asylum and was instantly killed. It was said that he jumped from the window, but no one saw him at the time, and therefore the suicide theory is one merely of conjecture.
At the asylum Dr. Clark, the Superintendent, did not feel inclined to talk, and, as usual, only the most meagre details of another unfortunate occurrence at the asylum can be given.
Dr. Clark said Dr. Jones' body was found this morning about the time the breakfast bell was sounded. He said Dr. Jones fell out of the window. When asked for further particulars he said he had nothing more to say.
At 3:30 this afternoon Dr. Jones' death had not been reported to the Coroner. In fact, Coroner Molloy first heard of Dr. Jones' death through a Leader reporter. He said he didn't know why it had not been reported.
A telegram was sent to Mr. Joseph M. Jones, a brother of the deceased, in Paris this morning, notifying him of his brother's death. Mr. Jones is expected here on the evening train, and the body will likely be shipped to Paris for burial.
Dr. Edward Jones was a man about 53 years old and was born in Paris. He came to Lexington some years ago and was assistant superintendent at the Eastern Kentucky Insane Asylum. He was afterward connected with High Oaks Sanitarium. Some years ago his health began to fail. He was a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital for some time, but left there two or three months ago, and has since been at the insane asylum.
Dr. Jones was unmarried. He was a brother of the Circuit Court Clerk Joseph M. Jones, of Paris, and the late J. Lawrence Jones, formerly Commonwealth's Attorney. Mr. Jos. M. Jones was constant in his attentions to his brother, and came from Paris three or four times every week. The deceased was well known and popular. His death will be mourned by a large number of friends.
After the above story had been put in type a second Leader reporter called again at the asylum and this time Dr. Clark consented to talk. He said it was always distasteful to him to discuss the tragedies unavoidably incident to such an institution as an insane asylum.
He said this morning about 6 o'clock the nurse in charge of Dr. Jones went down to breakfast and when he returned found Dr. Jones out of his room. He looked out of the window and saw him lying on the ground beneath the window.
The asylum physicians hurried to his side and found that he was still alive. He was carried in the building and lived until about 12 o'clock, when he died. He regained consciousness about half an hour after he was found. He suffered a fracture of the skull and his left leg and arm were broken.
Dr. Kinniard was sent for and dressed the unfortunate man's injuries.
The body will be sent to Paris in the morning and the burial will occur at 4 o'clock in the afternoon in that city.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, 11 July 1895, p. 5 col. 6
A similar account is in the Press Transcript, Lexington, KY, 12 July 1895, p. 5 col. 6;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Lou R. Kanatzar - 1908

Mrs. Lou R. Kanatzar died at the hospital of the Eastern Kentucky Asylum Wednesday morning. She had been an employee of that institution for some time. She leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. The remains will be sent to Madison county, four miles from Valley View, Thursday morning at 9:50 over the Q. & C. railway for interment. The body was taken to the home of her children, Misses Mamie and Maggie and Messrs. Joseph and Gibson Kanatzar, 407 West Sixth street.
The Lexington [KY] Leader, 22 January 1908, p. 10 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Lottie Hardwick-Kenney - 1952
  Mrs. Lottie Hardwick Kenney, 71, widow of William R. Kenney, died at 7 AM Thursday in a Lexington Hospital after a five month illness. She was a daughter of the late James T. and Chrisann Ockerman Hardwick.
  Funeral Services were held at 2 p. m. Saturday at the MatherspShearer chapel here,
conducted by the Rev. J. J. Whitehouse. Burial was in the Carlisle Cemetery.
  Pallbearers were, J. L. William, Wesley Banta, Earl Hardwick, Avery and Dean McLean.

Source: Carlisle Mercury, Aug. 1, 1952; Contributed by Carol Lovitt

 

W. R. Kenney - 1943
W. R. Kenney, 82, died at 10:30 P. M. Friday in a Lexington hospital where he had been under treatment for a long time. He was a farmer and lifelong resident of Nicholas county. His wife is also confined in the hospital.
Besides his wife; Mrs. Lottie Kenney, a daughter, Mrs. Nannie Smoot of Carlisle survive.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Mathers-Potts Funeral Home by the Rev. James R. Thompson; pastor of the Carlisle Baptist Church. Burial was in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Source: Carlisle Mercury, Carlisle, Nicholas Co. Kentucky, Feb. 2, 1943, Contributed by Carol Lovitt

Note: William R. Kenney was in Eastern State from 1941-29 Jan. 1943 when he died there.

 

J.H. Kuttner - 1910

J.H. Kuttner, a Confederate Veteran, 70 years old, died here in the Asylum Thursday after having been in the institution twelve years. His home was formerly at Georgetown and while living there about twenty years ago he won $30,000 in the Louisiana Lottery. This he divided with two partners Columbus Barbee and "Doc" Lawes and invested the remainder in the Edge Hill farm, one of the best in Scott county. Later he lost his fortune and engaged in the real estate business. At one time he was engaged in the dry goods business in Shelbyville. Afterwards he lost his mind and was sent here to the Asylum.
He is survived by one son, Eugene Kuttner, who has lived in Louisville for the past twenty years. The funeral services were conducted at the Lexington cemetery Friday afternoon.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 16 September 1910, p. 2 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Stephen Lelong - 1895

Lexington, Ky., - "Oh, I killed the devil with a gold brick," was the exclamation of W.N. Hurst, an inmate of the eastern lunatic asylum, when discovered by the attendants this morning sitting on a bed hugging a brick wrapped in a pillow slip. At his feet was the lifeless body of Stephen Lelong, another lunatic, with his head smashed to a pulp. The murder had been committed some time during the night. Hurst secured a loose brick from the wall behind his head.
Source: The Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, 09 August 1895;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

D.H. Leonard - 1918

Lexington, Ky - Mr. D. H. Leonard, aged 78 years, died at the State Hospital in Lexington last Friday morning. The remains were brought to his late home in the West End and the interment took place at the Patterson graveyard, with a short service at the grave by Mr. Lee Kirkland, in the absence of the pastor of Benton church., Rev. Prather. Mr. Leonard was a highly respected citizen and very prominent in his neighborhood before he became mentally ill. He was a life-long member of the Baptist faith and a fine, upright man. He is survived by his son, Mr. Page Leonard.
Source: Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Mercer Co, Ky, Fri Jul 26, 1918

 

Larden C. Lyons - 1908

The body of Larden C. Lyons, 28 [?] years of age, who died at the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum Tuesday night was shipped to his late residence near Lawrenceburg, Wednesday.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 27 February 1908, p. 10 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

John M. Locknane - 1898

Died: "At the Lexington Lunatic Asylum, Wednesday, of hemorrhage of the lungs, John M. Locknane, aged seventy-one years. He was raised in this county and lived here most of his life.  He left here and went to Oregon where he resided for quite a while; he came back to this county a few years ago.  His mind gradually failed and last April he was sent to the asylum.  He leaves two children, W. R. Locknane, of this county, and Mrs. Judge Bamford White, or Irvine." 

Source: WINCHESTER DEMOCRAT, January 11, 1898; Contributed by Mary Doyle Johnson, Mdjjsd@aol.com 

 

John C. Mackley - 1907

Maysville, Ky., Dec. 6 John C. Mackley, died in the Lexington Asylum this morning. He was an Odd Fellow, Elk, and a resident of this city, where he had many relatives. He was unmarried.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 06 December 1907, p. 6 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

James Strode Magowan - 1852

According to an article, The Lasting Present, James Strode Magowan donated $1000 in 1850 to Eastern State, which grew to be $65,000, and was used for "adding to the comforts and amusements of the patients." James S. Magowan was a state legislator and a patient briefly at the hospital. James Strode Magowan was born 1774 in Virginia and died June 17, 1852 of asthmatic fever. He was married to Nancy Fowler Platt. He is buried in the old Magowan family graveyard in Fleming County, along with his mother Susannah Strode, and his father James Magowan.Contributed by Holly Hawkins

 

John P. Martin - 1907

John P. Martin died Wednesday at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for the insane and the body was taken to Mt. Sterling Thursday for burial. Mr. Martin had been in the asylum only about two months. He was eighty-six years old and was a native of Belgium. He came to the United States in 1842, landing with other immigrants at New Orleans. He had lived near Sharpsburg, Bath county, for nearly sixty years and was well known throughout that section. His first wife, who came from Belgium with him, died many years ago. He married again, and is survived by his second wife and four sons and two daughters. The burial took place in the Catholic cemetery at Mt. Sterling.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 01 February 1907, p. 1 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

George Ann Morgan

George Ann Morgan or Daviess, colored, an old servant of the late Mrs. Maria T. Daviess, died in the insane asylum in Lexington, last Friday. The remains were brought here Saturday and interred in Maple Hill cemetery, Sunday. (in Mercer Co.) (Harrodsburg Sayings, Harrodsburg, Mercer Co, Ky, Wed Feb 14, 1901)

 

Lewis Morgan - 1906

Lewis Morgan, 70, died February 14 at Eastern Kentucky Asylum of exhaustion from senile dementia. Burial in Lexington cemetery February 15.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 19 February 1906, p. 8 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

W.L. McCampbell - 1888

W.L. McCampbell, aged sixty-nine years, died at the Lunatic Asylum last night. His remains were taken to Versailles by Undertaker Milward at noon to-day, over which funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church in that place at three o'clock this afternoon. His remains were accompanied by relatives from this city, Louisville, and Portsmouth, Ohio.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 27 November 1888, p. 4 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

R.R. McCracken - 1906

R.R. McCracken, 67, died April 27, at Eastern Kentucky Asylum of exhaustion following senile dementia. Burial at Mt. Olivet, Ky., April 28.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 30 April 1906, p. 4 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Andrew McMullen
Funeral services for Andrew McMullen, who died Monday night following a protracted illness, will be held at the grave in the Lexington Cemetery this morning at 10 o'clock, the Rev. J. W. Porter officiating. His widow, Mrs. Ella McMullen, four daughters and three sons survive him; also four brothers: John McMullen and Frank McMullen of Lexington; James McMullen and William McMullen of New Mexico, and two sisters: Mrs. Belle Metz, of Franklin County, and Mrs. Thomas Reed of Bourbon County.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, Ky., 12 October 1916, p. 4, Contributed by Ann Minter (ann_minter@eee.org)

 

Mr. E. J. McSorley - 1903

The body of Mr. E.J. McSorley, who died at the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum Monday morning, will be sent to Sandusky, Ohio, tomorrow for burial.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, Kentucky, 07 April 1903, p.5 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Miss Florence Miner - 1901

One of the most desperate and unfortunate attempts at self-destruction recorded occurred at 2:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon in front of the Eastern Lunatic Asylum grounds.
On February 10 last there was admitted to the institution Miss Florence Miner, aged 26, daughter of Judge Miner, a prominent citizen of Brookville. She was suffering from acute melancholia. The attaches of the institution soon became aware that she had suicidal tendencies and they have been guarding her carefully, lest she take advantage of a moment of laxity and destroy herself.
About two o'clock yesterday afternoon Miss Miner, accompanied by two female attendants, one of whom is her special attendant, left the asylum to take exercise. They passed out of the grounds to Fourth street, and started west on that thoroughfare.
Car. No. 37 of the Lexington Railway Company was headed for town and had just commenced taking on speed after a slow-up in turning from Georgetown street on to Fourth street. She was between the attendants on the walk which, at that point, lies near the tracks. The car was approaching at a fair rate of speed. When it reached within a few feet of the trio Miss Miner stopped suddenly and threw herself in front of the car.
The attendants and onlookers were horrified. Motorman L.G. Speak instantly applied the brakes, locking the wheels. The whole affair occurred so quickly that no warning could be given. The rails where the accident occurred are prominently above the ground, and this allowed the fender to miss the woman. Before it could be brought to a stand the car caught her. A wheel mangled her left leg at the knee, but it did not pass over her.
She was soon extricated and carried to the asylum hospital. En route she spoke to an attendant and said that she was sorry it had happened only because of her liking for the attendant. She feared it would reflect on her vigilance.
Drs. Barrow, Bullock and Lewis, besides the physicians of the institution, were called in and after a consultation it was decided to amputate the injured member. This was done. Her body was badly bruised. The sudden stop of the car saved her from being ground to pieces, credit for which is due Motorman Speak.
Several months ago, in Georgetown, a sister of Miss Miner's, Mrs. Thompson, in a moment of insanity killed her child and then suicided. The night before the tragedy occurred Miss Miner attended a magic lantern exhibition in the ball room of the asylum, and while returning to her room slipped away from her attendants. She was soon missed and search was instituted. She was in hiding behind a tree when the searchers passed near her, and, watching an opportunity, she hastened toward the porch near the steward's residence. Here she took off her shoes and jumped into the water. Her dress caught on  rock and she was hanging in this position when discovered.
She is in critical condition.
Source: The Lexington [KY] Herald, 24 June 1901 , p. 1 col. 6 and p. 8 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

James Nichol - 1889

The death of James Nichol, a native of Scotland and resident of this country only a short while, took place at the lunatic asylum in this city about dusk last evening. He was sent from Frankfort here a few days ago, and his remains were shipped to that place by rail this morning.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 11 July 1889, p. 5 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

James Nixon - 1890

Deaths and Funerals. On the 25th instant, at the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum, James Nixon, brother of Thomas Nixon. The deceased was 57 years of age.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 27 July 1890, p. 7 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Mrs. Elizabeth Northcutt - 1905

Mrs. Elizabeth Northcutt, aged 35, died at the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum in this city after a lingering illness. The body will be sent to Sherman, Ky., her former home, Sunday morning for interment.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 24 September 1905, sec. 2 p. 8 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Thomas A. Nugent - 1892

Thomas A. Nugent, of the grocery firm of Lindsay & Nugent, whose recent affliction called for many expressions of sympathy, died at the asylum at 12:10 o'clock this afternoon.
Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made.
The deceased was aged 30 years. He leaves a wife, formerly Miss Annie Kernan, of Frankfort, and a young son and daughter.
Mr. Nugent's death was sudden, though he had long been in bad health. Consumption and mental prostration were the causes of his death.
Source: The Kentucky Leader, Lexington, KY, 16 December 1892, p. 4 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Harriet Patterson - 1906

Harriet Patterson, 46, colored, died January 16 at Eastern Kentucky Asylum of paralysis. Burial in Danville, January 17.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 19 January 1906, p. 6 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

John Pennington - 1905

John Pennington, 67 (?), died at Eastern Kentucky Asylum November 28, of exhaustion. Burial in cemetery at Stanford, Ky., November 29
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 29 November 1905, p. 6 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Miss Lizzie Porter - 1902

Miss Lizzie Porter, one of the oldest and most valued assistants at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum, died suddenly today at 1:30 o'clock. Her illness was only of a few moments duration, her trouble being angina pectoris.
Miss Porter had been supervisor of the sewing room at the asylum for twenty-seven years and was a lovely elderly woman of noble character, splendid ability and the admirable qualities, which had endeared her to officers, physicians, attendants and patients.
In her death the institution suffers a loss almost irreparable. During all the period of the tenure of her office she had only taken one vacation, and that was last summer and her life is an example in faithfulness and lofty purpose to the younger generation and a beautiful memorial to her.
No arrangements will be made for the funeral until a message comes from Mr. Howard Offutt, of Cynthiana, the only relative of Miss Porter known to the asylum officials. A Telegram was sent to him after her death, but as yet he has not been heard from.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 27 August 1902, p. 1 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Mary Preston - 1906

Mary Preston, 36, colored, died April 27 at Eastern Kentucky Asylum, of exhaustion. Burial in No. 2 cemetery April 29.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 30 April 1906, p. 4 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Vie Records - 1922

MISS VIE RECORDS DIES AT LEXINGTON: Miss Vie Records, who was recently sent to the State Hospital at Lexington for treatment, died at that institution last Friday (Mar 23, 1922 The death certificate stated Viola Record) and the remains were sent to her old home in this county for burial.  The body was brought here Saturday by Kain & Sheeler and taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Montgomery on Wolf Run Pike, Mrs. Montgomery being a niece of the deceased.  The interment took place in the Baptist Cemetery near Mt. Olivet, on the Sardis Pike.  Miss Records was a devout, Christian woman, and held in the highest esteem by all who knew her.

Source:  TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT—March 30, 1922; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Henry Reed - 1906

Henry Reed, well known young bookmaker, died Wednesday night at 7:45 at the home of his brother, James H. Reed, steward of the Eastern Kentucky Asylum here. Mr. Reed's death was caused by a stroke of paralysis which he suffered Tuesday night.
Two years ago Mr. Reed suffered a previous similar stroke and at that time his life was despaired of, but he recovered partially and had been able to get around the city for some time.
It was thought that he was recovering when he suffered the stroke Tuesday, but it was then seen that it was almost an impossibility to save his life.
His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Reed, and his sister, Mrs. George Carey, of Philadelphia, were notified of Mr. Reed's illness. Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Carey arrived Wednesday afternoon and were at his bedside at the time of his death. His father has been in New York but will arrive during the day.
Few more popular or widely known men ever stood in a betting shed than Henry Reed. During the years that he was employed by W.H. and Harry Laudman, bookmakers, as a clerk, he made many friends.
He was spoken of as being one of the most liberal of turfmen, and many a horseman has been helped over the shoals in his career by Mr. Reed. Telegrams from all over the country were received by his family yesterday, which were only a few testimonials of his great popularity.
Mr. Reed was 35 years of age and is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Reed, his brother, J.H. Reed, Jr., and Mrs. George Carey of Philadelphia.
The funeral services will be held at the residence of his brother, J.H. Reed, Jr., on the Newtown pike, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Mark Collis officiating. The interment will take place in the Lexington Cemetery.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 06 December 1906, p. 10 col. 5

Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

John B. Richardson - 1898

Suicide: "At the Lexington Lunatic Asylum Saturday morning John B. Richardson committed suicide by handing himself with a towel, which he wound around his neck and tied to the iron bar of a window.  He was raised in the eastern part of this county where he has numerous relatives, but has been living in Powell county for several years.  Last year he was engaged to teach the Pine Ridge school in this county and taught several weeks.  While alone one afternoon he was badly shot in the stomach.  He said it was an accident, but it was thought at that time by many that it was an attempt at suicide.  The children became afraid of him and he gave up the school which was finished by Miss Pattie Wilson, of College Hill, Madison county.  Mr. Richardson was taken to his home in Powell county but grew worse rapidly and was shortly after sent to the asylum.  He leaves a family in Powell county in destitute circumstances."

Source: WINCHESTER DEMOCRAT, June 14, 1898; Contributed by Mary Doyle Johnson, Mdjjsd@aol.com

 

Rebecca Richardson - 1906

Rebecca Richardson, colored, 30, died February 13 at Eastern Kentucky Asylum of exhaustion following acute mania. Burial in No. 2 cemetery February 15.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 19 February 1906, p. 8 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Mrs. Stanley Rogers - 1911

The body of Mrs. Stanley Rogers, who died Tuesday at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum, where she had been an inmate for two weeks, was taken to her home in Estill county. The funeral services were held there Thursday morning and burial followed in the family cemetery.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 04 May 1911, p. 10 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

William Ross - 1905

William Ross, an escaped Negro lunatic, died at St. Joseph's Hospital early Wednesday morning as the result of injuries received near Brannon by being run over by a Q. & C. train.
Ross was sent to the asylum from Scott county. He escaped Saturday with Ernest Trumbell, another Negro. Trumbell was caught at Danville and was returned to the institution Tuesday afternoon, one of the attendants being sent for him when notice of his capture was received. Trumbell was sent here from Jessamine county.
Just how the accident happened to Ross is not known. He was run over by Q. & C. train No. 5, southbound, at Brannon, a station near Nicholasville. One of his legs was cut off by the train, and the other was so badly mutilated that amputation was necessary. It was cut off below the knee. The sufferer was brought here Tuesday and placed in the colored ward of the hospital.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 29 March 1905, p. 3 col. 1;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Mary Saunders - 1945

MRS. MARY SAUNDERS PASSES AWAY AT LEXINGTON: Mrs. Mary Sanders, widow of the late Jesse Sanders, of Pea Ridge Pike, passed away at the State Hospital, Lexington, early Friday morning (Nov 2, 1945). She was a Miss McKenzie before marriage and was aged 80 years. Surviving her are one son, J. E. Sanders of Pea Ridge Pike, 7 grand­children, 20 great-grandchildren.  Three daughters are deceased, namely, Mrs. Ben Orme, Mrs. Harvie Orme and Mrs. Clifton Strawther. She is also survived, by two brothers, Thomas McKenzie of Brooksville, and Mark McKenzie and one sister, Mrs. Harve Cracraft.   Another brother, Will Ed. McKenzie and sister, Mrs. Matilda Orme, are deceased. Funeral services were held at the Shannon Methodist Church Sunday. Interment in the Shannon Cemetery in charge of Kain & Sheeler.

Source:  TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT—November 8, 1945; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Mr. Virgil Scott - 1898

Mr. Virgil Scott, engineer at the Asylum, died of pneumonia at that institution at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He had been ill since January 21. He was taken ill on the afternoon of the visit of the Legislature to the institution on that day. A few days ago it was thought that he could not live, but later he rallied and it was thought Monday that he had a chance to recover. A relapse came yesterday afternoon and he sank rapidly until the end. He was 42 years old and leaves a wife and four small children.
He was the only brother of Dr. W.F. Scott, former superintendent of the institution. He came here shortly after his brother was appointed superintendent and was given the position of engineer, which is the most lucrative of the subordinate positions at the asylum. He remained in this position until his brother was removed by Governor Bradley and was then retained in the same position by the present superintendent, Dr. E.M. Wiley.
Source: The Daily Leader, Lexington, KY, 09 February 1898, p. 5 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Nora Sea - 1908

Miss Nora Sea, aged 40 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Sea, of Versailles, died Sunday at the Asylum where she had been for many years, having been an invalid since early childhood. Death was due to an attack of typhoid fever. Her body was taken to the home in Versailles, where the funeral took place at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The Rev. R.J. Bamber conducted the services and interment followed in Versailles cemetery.
Source: The Lexington [KY] Leader, 03 August 1908, p. 2 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Sam Shrout - 1938

65 years old, died at the Eastern State Hospital at Lexington Tuesday after a brief illness on pneumonia.
A native of this county and a life long resident here, he had suffered a paralytic stroke some years ago and had been in poor health since that time. He was committed to the hospital just a year ago.
Besides his wife, Mrs. Rhoda Shrout, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Nealie Rakes, Mrs. George Parks, and Mrs. Ed Ginter, and four sons, Clay, Raymond, Clell and Joe Shrout.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Mormon Chapel followed by burial in the Owingsville cemetery.
Source: Bath County News-Outlook Thursday, February 10, 1938 ; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Samuel Simcox, Jr. - 1888

The funeral of Samuel Simcox, Jr., who died at the Asylum yesterday morning, took place at three o'clock this afternoon at the residence of his brother, Thomas Simcox, on Lottie Street. Sermon by Rev. W.S. Fulton, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 27 November 1888, p. 4 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Samuel B. Simrall - 1910

Mr. Samuel B. Simrall died Sunday morning at the Asylum aged 60 years. Funeral services conducted by the Rev. Edwin Muller were held at the cemetery chapel Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after which burial took place in the family lot in the cemetery.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 28 February 1910, p. 2 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Mrs. Maggie Sorrell - 1904

Mrs. Maggie Sorrell, aged 25, died of typhoid fever at the Eastern Kentucky asylum. She had not been in the institution a long time and was very delicate. Her body was sent to relatives at Owingsville for burial.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 21 January 1904, p. 8 col. 6;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Myrtle Dryden Stanton - 1945

MOTHER OF EIGHT DIES IN HOSPITAL: Today's Maysville Independent contained the following item that will be read with regret by many in this county, the lady named being a grand­daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Barnett of this county.
"Mrs. Myrtle Dryden Stanton, aged about 40, of Central Avenue, wife of Thomas William Stanton, Chesapeake and Ohio gate-man at the Carmel Street crossing, died last night at 9 o'clock at St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past four weeks.
"Mrs. Stanton, about six weeks ago, underwent surgery at the hospital and recovered sufficiently to be brought home, but about a week after her return it was necessary for her to be hospitalized again.
"A native of Maysville, she was the daughter of the late John and Lucy Dryden, of this city.
"A member of St. Patrick Church, Mrs. Stanton was deemed by all who knew her as an excellent wife and mother, possessed of all Christian virtues.
"Besides her husband she leaves eight children, Benny and Barney, in the United States Navy, Mildred, at St. Rita School, near Cincinnati, Juanita Jean, Catherine, Helen, Betty and Michael, all at home.
"The body was returned last night to the Higgins and Slattery Funeral home where funeral arrangements have not been completed."
Source: TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT—November 15, 1945; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Alice Stevenson - 1903

Alice Stevenson, of 207 East Seventh street, wife of Lev Stevenson, a well known colored barber, died at the asylum Sunday afternoon, aged fifty years. She had been ill with dropsy and kidney trouble since last January and her mind gradually became afflicted. A week or ten days ago her condition became so serious that it was necessary to take her to the asylum. The deceased was formerly Alice Turner, and was one of the best house servants in Lexington. She had spent many years with the Snead family, of Louisville, and for a number of years, preceding her illness has been employed in the family of Mr. J.C. Berryman at Second and Market streets.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 31 August 1903, p. 7 cols. 6-7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Rowland Tate - 1911

Entertaining suspicions that their brother, Rowland Tate, aged 50, who had died at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum in this city about ten days ago and was sent to his former home at Spears, Ky., for burial, had met a violent death while an inmate of that institution [Jessamine County coroner ordered exhumation] ... About one month ago Rowland Tate was sent to the asylum here suffering from mental aberration, and less than three weeks afterwards died.  ... The asylum officials were entirely exonerated of any blame or odium attached to them as a result of the patient's death by the investigation.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 19 May 1911, p. 1 col. 5;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Mrs. Dr. R.P. Thomas (Agnes Collins Thomas)
Died suddenly on Tuesday morning at the Lexington Asylum, Mrs. Dr. R. P. Thomas.
Dr. Thomas went to Lexington to bring back her body which was buried in Williamstown Cemetery on Wednesday; she was the daughter of the late John Collins of New Eagle Mills and had been mentally deranged for the last 2 or 3 years.

Source: Williamstown Courier, Grant Co., KY, 1 April 1897, Thursday; Contributed by Carol A. Hudson

 

James Tucks - 1906

Colored. Notes. The body of James Tucks, who died at the Asylum, Friday evening, will be sent to Moreland, Ky., Sunday morning at 9:30. Friends of the family may call at the undertaking rooms of Williams & Gibson and view the body.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 28 October 1906, p. 2 col. 6

Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Roy Turner - 1906

The body of Roy Turner, colored, who died at the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for the Insane Tuesday of acute mania, was taken to his former home at Richmond Wednesday in charge of Thomas Turner, his brother.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 19 December 1906, p. 5 col. 7;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Jesse Tyree, sent to asylum from Rockcastle County, killed by Arthur W. Platt, an attendant.
Source: Lexington [KY] Transcript, 15 December 1885, p. 1 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar
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Jennie Vance - 1905

Jennie Vance, 40, died at Eastern Kentucky Asylum November 27, of consumption of bowels. Burial at Bristol, Tenn., November 29
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 29 November 1905, p. 6 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

William B. Victor - 1894

William B. Victor dies at the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum.
A once brilliant Lawyer and Father of the late Marie Prescott, the famous actress-Buried at Millersburg, his birthplace
The death of a once prominent man occurred at the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum in this city on the first day of this month, and no report of the fact has as yet appeared in the local newspapers. In fact numbers of deaths occur in these State institutions of which nothing is ever heard by the outside world. A law should be enacted requiring the superintendents of all asylums, hospitals and other institutions of the kind to report all deaths that occur within their walls and the cause of such deaths. A suicide the other day only became known to the newspapers and the outside world by the merest accident.
The death referred to above was that of Mr. William Victor, aged 73 years, who had been a patient at the asylum for twenty-six years. Although Col. Victor, as he was usually called, had been in feeble health for several years, and only last month had a severe attack of bronchitis, his death was quite sudden and unexpected. His family being in New York were advised of his death by telegram, and his daughter, Mrs. Bullock, came on and arranged for his funeral and burial, both of which took place at Millersburg, Bourbon county, on August 4.
Col. Victor was born near Millersburg and was reared there. He was widely known in Bourbon and Fayette counties, and was at one time a brilliant member of the Bourbon County bar. His mind became unbalanced when a young man, prior to which his knowledge of law and brilliant conversation endeared him to his friends. He was probably the brightest lunatic that was ever confined within the walls of an asylum. Even while there he was a constant reader of the daily papers and was thoroughly posted on all transpiring events, upon which he at times conversed freely and most intelligently. He was exclusive, rarely ever conversed with any of the other patients and passed most of his time in the office of the superintendent.
Mr. Victor was the father of Marie Prescott, the famous actress who died about a year ago, her maiden name being Single Victor, and who, at the time of her death, was the wife of Actor Robert D. McLean. During her lifetime Miss Prescott was the sole support of her father, whom she often came here to visit. Col. Victor leaves a widow, a son, Joseph Victor, and a daughter, Mrs. Bullock, of New York.
Source: The Leader, Lexington, KY, 09 August 1894, p. 4 col. 4;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Sarah Wagner - 1902

Sarah Wagner, a white woman, about 55 years of age, died at the E.K. Asylum yesterday. She had been an inmate of the institution for some time having been sent from Nicholas county.
Death resulted from a complication of troubles.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 25 January 1902, p. 4 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Thomas Whaley - 1949

NATIVE OF ROBERTSON DIES IN LEXINGTON HOSPITAL: Thomas Whaley, 78, native of this county, died last Friday morning (Dec 2, 1949) in a Lexington Hospital, where he had been a patient several years. He had resided most of his life in Fleming County, where he was highly regarded. He is survived by three children, Mrs. J. E. Bryant, of Russellville, O., Mrs. A. H. Butler, of Miami, Fla., and Mrs. Fred Flinchum, of Chicago, Ill.,  and three sons. Harry, Bernard and Kelley Whaley, all of Covington. Funeral services were held in Maysville and interment followed at the Mayslick Cemetery. 

Source: TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT December 8, 1949; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

John H. Wirts - 1897

John H. Wirts, 90 years of age and for fifty years a clothing merchant in this city, died at the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum at this morning at 9 o'clock.
The deceased was at one time a wealthy man, but he died today a pauper, without friends and will in all probability receive a pauper's burial.
John H. Werts was a man who had a queer life's history. Born in New York State, he imigrated to Kentucky in 1842 comparatively a poor boy and established himself in a small store on Main street, where the Odd Fellows' Temple now stands. By hard work and perseverance in business he amassed an independent fortune and is reported to have been worth at one time nearly $200,000.
Misfortune, however, came to him and he gradually lost it all until a few years ago, when having grown old and feeble, he was forced to make an assignment at No. 30 East Main, where the Central Clothing store now is.
For a time after this assignment he walked the streets penniless and was cared for off and on by friends.
His mind becoming impaired he was sent to the asylum last May, and from that time gradually weakened until death came.
Shortly after being committed to the asylum, Mr. Werts had to be placed in the hospital ward. He enjoyed a good appetite, however, and, though feeble, was cheerful until about two weeks ago, when he took on final illness which resulted in death.
Mr. Werts lost much of his money by letting other people have it. He is said to have backed a large New York clothing concern at one time and lost $100,000 in the venture. At another time he is said to have let a nephew have $20,000 to start a like business in Chicago and lost it. In his local business Mr. Wert in later years became so conservative that he was unbusiness-like. He refused to advertise and kept old stock in his store for years, demanding original prices on it. Thus he failed.
The asylum authorities when seen by a Leader representative today said that arrangements had not been perfected for the funeral of the deceased, but he would probably be given a pauper's burial.
Source: The Daily Leader, Lexington, KY, 30 April 1897, p. 5 col. 3;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Thomas Woodward - 1945

THOMAS WOODWARD DIES AT LEXINGTON: Thomas Woodward, who had been a patient at the State Hospital, Lexington, for a number of years, died at the hospital at 12 p.m. Friday (Jun 14, 1945).  The remains were brought by Kain & Sheeler Saturday morning to their Funeral Home on West Walnut Street, where funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. E. P. Swann.  Interment followed at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Deceased was a son of the late W. J. and Fanny Woodward and was aged 72 years last December.  He is survived by one brother, Esq. Amos Woodward of Mt. Olivet, two sisters, "Chunks" and Birdie, preceded him to the grave a number of years ago. Tom Woodward, like all mortals, had his faults, but he also had some commendable qualities.  Handicapped from childhood by impaired eyesight, nevertheless he was full of energy and applied himself to various tasks to aid his family.  He conducted a small store for several years and saved his money and paid for a home for his mother and sister.

Taken from:  TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT July 5, 1945; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Molly Haley Workman - 1953

MRS. WORKMAN, 73, DIES IN LEXINGTON: Mrs. Molly Haley Workman, 73 year old native of Robertson County died at noon Saturday (Dec 19, 1953) in a Lexington hospital where she had been a patient for several years. Mrs. Workman, wife of the late Francis Workman, whose death occurred three years ago, will be remembered for her many fine qualities. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Herman Case, Hittsville; two grand-daughters, Mrs. Welburn Henson, Jr., Sardis, and Mrs. Gravis Haley, Bracken County, and one great grand-son. Gene Henson.  She also leaves a half-brother. Mark Haley, Falmouth, and three half-sisters, Mrs. Fannie Holmes, Falmouth, Mrs. Lizzie Bavard, Georgetown, O., and Mrs. Nora Adams, Danville. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter Tues­day morning

Source: TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT December 21, 1953; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Lewis C. Yost - 1945

died at the State Hospital at Lexington Friday morning (07 Sep 1945) where he had been a patient the past two months. He was a son of the late Lewis Yost, Sr., and was aged 79 years and 26 days. His wife died March 24, 1939. He is survived by five daughters and two sons, namely, Mrs. C. E. Ferguson of Cincinnati, Mrs. Sam Wagoner of Maysville, Mrs. David Cane of Sunrise, Mrs. Walter Bryant of Mt. Olivet, Mrs. C. D. Wright of Mt. Olivet, William Yost of Cynthiana and Herman Yost of Hinton. He is also survived by 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and three nephews. Funeral services were held at the Piqua Christian Church Sunday afternoon. Interment in the Piqua Cemetery.
Taken from: TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT September 13, 1945; Contributed by Mary Bishop

 

Harriet Young - 1906

Harriet Young, 62, colored, died January 18 at Eastern Kentucky Asylum of exhaustion following acute mania. Burial in No. 2 cemetery January 19.
Source: Lexington [KY] Leader, 19 January 1906, p. 6 col. 2;
Contributed by Pam Brinegar

 

Death of Mrs. Tevis - Date Unknown
Mrs. Tevis, who was taken to an insane asylum at Lexington some weeks ago, died there last Sunday night and was buried Monday afternoon at Lexington, The two boys, ten and twelve years old, who were taken to the Salvation Army building here, are still there and being cared for by Ensign and Mrs. Breitenbach.

Source: No date or name of newspaper; Contributed by Dusty Pilgrim

 

 

 

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