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
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
John M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Sloan freedman November 19, 1866 At Williamston Accident
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
Patsy Wilson colored free woman June 17, 1857 at the residence of Robert Wilson Suicide
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
David McClellan November 27, 1857 at residence of David McClellan Accident
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes
Mary Waters March 20, 1883 at or near the residence of Thomas J. Reynolds Unknown
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
Jim Mason free man of color January 9, 1850 near the residence of William Poole Accident
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris 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
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
George Hammond June 24, 1871 at Provosts Mill Pond Accident
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes

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