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 descending
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Olin Smith Natural Causes
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Willis Watson June 14, 1876 at the river bank on Saulda one mile above Gambell old Bridge Accident
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
Peter Knox July 23, 1878 near Calrandellers[?] Ferry on Tugalo River Accident
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
John Seawright October 22, 1881 on the public road leading from Craytonville to Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Sloan freedman November 19, 1866 At Williamston Accident
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
Henry Cobb December 16, 1868 at Warnock's Crossing on the Anderson Branch of the Greenville & Columbia Rail Road Other
David McClellan November 27, 1857 at residence of David McClellan Accident
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
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
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Aaron Hardin June 24, 1845 at plantation of Mr. Moses Chambles Accident
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Thomas D. Cook April 10, 1854 at Stover's Ferry on Savannah River Accident
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
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 M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes

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