Anderson County, SC

County Name: 
Anderson
State: 
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 1 - 50 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Methodsort descending
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Other
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Mary Waters March 20, 1883 at or near the residence of Thomas J. Reynolds Unknown
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
Sloan freedman November 19, 1866 At Williamston Accident
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes
David McClellan November 27, 1857 at residence of David McClellan Accident
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
Olin Smith Natural Causes
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes
Barbary Havard wife of Mark Havard November 5, 1840 in the house of Mark Havard Suicide
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes
Anthony slave July 2, 1853 at Samuel J. Hannond's plantation Accident
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Sarah McCulley wife of Barney McCulley September 1, 1841 at the house of Barney McCulley Accident
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
John Dean December 29, 1848 on the publick [sic] road leading from William McMurry's, Esq to J. L. Kenedy's Accident
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes

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