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 Mintie Arabella <I>Kyle</I> Clancy

Mintie Arabella Kyle Clancy

Hays County, Texas, USA
Death 7 Apr 1912 (aged 34)
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Plot 36
Memorial ID 35765423 · View Source
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Mintie Arbella Kyle was a daughter of Robert Kyle and Beda E Easley. She was the second of three children born to the couple.

Mintie married Barton E. Clancy on November 25, 1894 in Wise County, Texas. She was 16 years old and Barton was 22 years old when they wed.

The couple settled in Bridgeport, Texas and had three children who survived; Edward Elmer Clancy, Daniel Webster Clancy and Bessie May Clancy.

Mintie was admitted to the State Insane Asylum in Austin on at least three separate occasions, the last being on June 18, 1909. Mintie was a patient at the State Insane Asylum in Austin for just over 33 months before she died of Pulmonary Tuberculosis on April 7, 1912.

Austin State Hospital
Austin State Hospital (ASH), formerly known as the State Lunatic Asylum, is the oldest psychiatric hospital in the state of Texas, operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Established by the Legislature in 1856, it began operating in 1861 with twelve patients. The name was changed in 1925.

The lunatic asylum, later renamed the Austin State Hospital in 1925, strived to offer patients the most modern treatments, including art, music, and recreational therapy. It also provided state-of-the-art medical care, such as psychiatric drugs, hydrotherapy, electroconvulsive shock treatment, and on rare occasions, surgical lobotomy. From 1904-1928, the asylum also housed the Pasteur Institute, which provided rabies shots to afflicted Texans.

The Asylums were essentially self-sufficient villages complete with their own blacksmith shops, icehouses, movie theaters, brass bands, baseball teams, and undertakers. Patients tended livestock, tilled gardens, helped prepare meals, and cleaned wards attended dances and religious services.

Austin State Hospital Cemetery
11 flat acres full of forgotten people - stretches almost the entire span. Little more than the empty space is visible from a car window - a couple-dozen grave stones, and the brown wooden sign on the fence that identifies the graveyard. That's about it. Yet the reality of the empty space might make the passerby pause: Over more than a 100-year span, about 3,000 people have been buried there. Few of the graves are marked with a name, and nearly all are occupied by the bones of somebody who died indigent and whose family didn't claim him or her for burial, for one reason or another. "In many instances the families either ignored the [death] message or said they didn't want the person's body," said Sarah Sitton, a professor of behavioral and social sciences at St. Edward's University and author of a book about the hospital, Life at the Texas State Lunatic Asylum, 1957-1997 (Texas A&M University Press, 1999). The lack of landscaping - only a few trees mark the otherwise grassy expanse - combined with the many graves distinguished by nothing more than a small, numbered, concrete slab.

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Gravesite Details Admitted 6/18/1909 from Wise County





  • Maintained by: Rosanne Clancy Barisciano
  • Originally Created by: Deathbecomezher
  • Added: 11 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35765423
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mintie Arabella Kyle Clancy (Mar 1878–7 Apr 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35765423, citing Austin State Hospital Cemetery, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Rosanne Clancy Barisciano (contributor 46609603) .