I finally had an opportunity to post the list of Lunacy commitments recorded
in the Erath County Sheriff's Docket held in the overflow records at the
Dick Smith Library (Tarleton State University.) You can view these entries
The sheriff's docket includes records beginning about 1878 and ending in
1910. I assume that these lunacy cases probably had a hearing in the county
court. I have not looked for the corresponding court materials and probably
will not have an opportunity to compile that information. In addition to the
court dockets, indices, and case files there may be additional information
about these cases in the county probate/guardianship records.
I was interested in the location of the various asylums. Some entries are
just marked "asylum" but others specify the particular institution. It was
my contention during the thread that I recalled that most lunacy cases were
referred to Terrell ...
I hope this information helps some of you guys. I don't think it would be
safe to assume that these cases represent all the commitments to state
hospitals from Erath County -- I know of several that are not on the list.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Coleen" <coleendh(a)austin.rr.com>
Sent: Friday, March 14, 2003 4:15 PM
Subject: Re: [ERATH] Asylum records
It would be very helpful if you could transcribe a list of whatever
can of what's available in the Tarleton library.
> Most of the county materials housed at Tarleton are county
> commissioner, county court, county school district, and odds and
> ends. Drop Glenda Stone an email at gstone(a)tarleton.edu for
> information about specific items in the collection. We should see if
> she'd provide us a complete list that we could have Annette and
> Janice post at the GenWeb Erath County page or add it to the GenWeb
> archives so that we don't all make Glenda crazy with our questions.
> And in addition to these original ledgers and indexes (indices?)
> Tarleton also houses a large collection of filmed county records for
> both Erath and Brown Counties. A list of those materials at GenWeb
> would be useful too. I might could find time to compile that list and
> post it over spring break. Would it be useful to anyone?