Anderson County, SC

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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
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
Henry Cobb December 16, 1868 at Warnock's Crossing on the Anderson Branch of the Greenville & Columbia Rail Road Other
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide
P. W. Morris April 27, 1872 at Anderson Court House Suicide
James Coleman September 16, 1873 at or near Mrs. Fantt's residence and one and 1/2 miles south east of Anderson Natural Causes
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes
Aaron Hardin June 24, 1845 at plantation of Mr. Moses Chambles Accident
Nancy Drake August 21, 1872 at Mrs. Elizabeth's Anne Keaton's Suicide
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Sloan freedman November 19, 1866 At Williamston Accident
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident
David McClellan November 27, 1857 at residence of David McClellan Accident
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
Mary Waters March 20, 1883 at or near the residence of Thomas J. Reynolds Unknown
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
infant June 12, 1872 Homicide
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident

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