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 51 - 100 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Methodsort ascending
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
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
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Other
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
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
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Thomas D. Cook April 10, 1854 at Stover's Ferry on Savannah River Accident
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's 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
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident
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
infant June 12, 1872 Homicide
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
Patsy Wilson colored free woman June 17, 1857 at the residence of Robert Wilson Suicide
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence 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

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