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
John Seawright October 22, 1881 on the public road leading from Craytonville to Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Henry Cobb December 16, 1868 at Warnock's Crossing on the Anderson Branch of the Greenville & Columbia Rail Road Other
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
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
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Samuel Negro Man Accident
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Jim Mason free man of color January 9, 1850 near the residence of William Poole Accident
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Thomas D. Cook April 10, 1854 at Stover's Ferry on Savannah River Accident
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
John M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes
Anthony slave July 2, 1853 at Samuel J. Hannond's plantation Accident
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes
Sloan freedman November 19, 1866 At Williamston Accident
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident

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