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
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes
John M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes
Henry Cobb December 16, 1868 at Warnock's Crossing on the Anderson Branch of the Greenville & Columbia Rail Road Other
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
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
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
Patsy Wilson colored free woman June 17, 1857 at the residence of Robert Wilson Suicide
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
Sarah McCulley wife of Barney McCulley September 1, 1841 at the house of Barney McCulley Accident
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
Aaron Hardin June 24, 1845 at plantation of Mr. Moses Chambles Accident
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater'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
George Hammond June 24, 1871 at Provosts Mill Pond Accident
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes

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