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
Aaron Hardin June 24, 1845 at plantation of Mr. Moses Chambles Accident
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
John M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes
Mary Waters March 20, 1883 at or near the residence of Thomas J. Reynolds Unknown
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Patsy Wilson colored free woman June 17, 1857 at the residence of Robert Wilson Suicide
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
Jim Mason free man of color January 9, 1850 near the residence of William Poole Accident
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Other
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Barbary Havard wife of Mark Havard November 5, 1840 in the house of Mark Havard Suicide
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
James Coleman September 16, 1873 at or near Mrs. Fantt's residence and one and 1/2 miles south east of Anderson Natural Causes
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Sarah McCulley wife of Barney McCulley September 1, 1841 at the house of Barney McCulley Accident
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident

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