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 1 - 50 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Methodsort descending
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes
infant June 12, 1872 Homicide
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
George Hammond June 24, 1871 at Provosts Mill Pond Accident
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Mary Waters March 20, 1883 at or near the residence of Thomas J. Reynolds Unknown
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes
P. W. Morris April 27, 1872 at Anderson Court House Suicide
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
Nancy Drake August 21, 1872 at Mrs. Elizabeth's Anne Keaton's Suicide
Samuel Negro Man Accident
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston 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

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