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 ascending
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
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
Patsy Wilson colored free woman June 17, 1857 at the residence of Robert Wilson Suicide
John Dean December 29, 1848 on the publick [sic] road leading from William McMurry's, Esq to J. L. Kenedy's Accident
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] 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
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
infant June 12, 1872 Homicide
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide

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