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
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Olin Smith Natural Causes
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson 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
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Other
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
George Hammond June 24, 1871 at Provosts Mill Pond Accident
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident

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