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
David McClellan November 27, 1857 at residence of David McClellan Accident
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
Willis Watson June 14, 1876 at the river bank on Saulda one mile above Gambell old Bridge Accident
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
John Seawright October 22, 1881 on the public road leading from Craytonville to Anderson Court House Natural Causes
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
Henry Cobb December 16, 1868 at Warnock's Crossing on the Anderson Branch of the Greenville & Columbia Rail Road Other
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
Anthony slave July 2, 1853 at Samuel J. Hannond's plantation Accident
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
John Dean December 29, 1848 on the publick [sic] road leading from William McMurry's, Esq to J. L. Kenedy's Accident
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
Peter Knox July 23, 1878 near Calrandellers[?] Ferry on Tugalo River Accident
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Other
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident

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