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
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Jim Mason free man of color January 9, 1850 near the residence of William Poole Accident
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
Mary Waters March 20, 1883 at or near the residence of Thomas J. Reynolds Unknown
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
P. W. Morris April 27, 1872 at Anderson Court House Suicide
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
Aaron Hardin June 24, 1845 at plantation of Mr. Moses Chambles Accident
George Hammond June 24, 1871 at Provosts Mill Pond Accident
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes
Nancy Drake August 21, 1872 at Mrs. Elizabeth's Anne Keaton's Suicide
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
Peter Knox July 23, 1878 near Calrandellers[?] Ferry on Tugalo River Accident
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence 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
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
Barbary Havard wife of Mark Havard November 5, 1840 in the house of Mark Havard Suicide
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston 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
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide

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