Anderson County, SC

County Name: 
Anderson
State: 
South Carolina

Total population (1850): 32,318

Enslaved population (1850): 19,262

Percent enslaved: 60%

Extant nineteenth-century inquests: 153

Date range: 1830-1883

Percentage of violent crimes in county sample: 32% (49/153)

Anderson County was named for Robert Anderson, a Revolutionary War hero who helped wrest the land away from the Cherokee in 1777. The resulting cession was then broken into Pickens and Anderson Counties (technically Pickens and Anderson Districts) in 1826. Lacking a central county seat, Anderson Courthouse was built, which gradually became the town of Anderson, now known as 'The Electricity City' because it was the first in the country to have continuous power thanks to a water mill located in the high shoals. Like many counties in the area, Anderson became heavily invested in cotton and textile mills as the nineteenth century progressed.

Anderson County, SC Inquests

Displaying 1 - 50 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Methodsort descending
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
Olin Smith Natural Causes
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Other
Mary Waters March 20, 1883 at or near the residence of Thomas J. Reynolds Unknown
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Jim Mason free man of color January 9, 1850 near the residence of William Poole Accident
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
Peter Knox July 23, 1878 near Calrandellers[?] Ferry on Tugalo River Accident
Thomas D. Cook April 10, 1854 at Stover's Ferry on Savannah River Accident
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes

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