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 1 - 50 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Methodsort descending
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
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Aaron Hardin June 24, 1845 at plantation of Mr. Moses Chambles Accident
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes
Sloan freedman November 19, 1866 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
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
infant June 12, 1872 Homicide
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
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
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes

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