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 101 - 150 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Methodsort ascending
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes
Aaron Hardin June 24, 1845 at plantation of Mr. Moses Chambles Accident
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Mary Waters March 20, 1883 at or near the residence of Thomas J. Reynolds Unknown
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Other
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident
Olin Smith Natural Causes
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
P. W. Morris April 27, 1872 at Anderson Court House Suicide
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
Nancy Drake August 21, 1872 at Mrs. Elizabeth's Anne Keaton's Suicide
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
George Hammond June 24, 1871 at Provosts Mill Pond Accident
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
Barbary Havard wife of Mark Havard November 5, 1840 in the house of Mark Havard Suicide
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident

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