Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, KY



The Eastern State Hospital was established by a legislative act of Dec. 4, 1822 and is the 2nd oldest mental hospital in the United States. On May 1, 1824 the hospital, known then as the Lunatic Asylum, welcomed it's first patient. Over the years, the name changed several times, until 1912 when the General Assembly officially renamed it Eastern State Hospital.

The following individuals, from Maysville-Mason County died while patients at Eastern State Hospital prior to 1946

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

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

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

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 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

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
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