Anderson County, SC

County Name: 
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 51 - 100 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Methodsort descending
infant June 12, 1872 Homicide
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident
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
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Other
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
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
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
Thomas D. Cook April 10, 1854 at Stover's Ferry on Savannah River Accident
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
P. W. Morris April 27, 1872 at Anderson Court House Suicide
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
John M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Nancy Drake August 21, 1872 at Mrs. Elizabeth's Anne Keaton's Suicide
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
Patsy Wilson colored free woman June 17, 1857 at the residence of Robert Wilson Suicide
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes
Anthony slave July 2, 1853 at Samuel J. Hannond's plantation Accident
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
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Olin Smith Natural Causes
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
John Dean December 29, 1848 on the publick [sic] road leading from William McMurry's, Esq to J. L. Kenedy's Accident
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide

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