Anderson County, SC

County Name: 
Anderson
State: 
South Carolina

Total population (1850): 32,318

Enslaved population (1850): 19,262

Percent slave: 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 January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Barbary Havard wife of Mark Havard November 5, 1840 in the house of Mark Havard Suicide
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Sarah McCulley wife of Barney McCulley September 1, 1841 at the house of Barney McCulley Accident
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Infanticide
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
Olin Smith Natural Causes
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 H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
infant June 12, 1872 Infanticide
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Accident alcohol
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Accident alcohol
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Accident alcohol
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident alcohol, drowning, exposure
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident alcohol, repeated falls
T. J. Blaydon November 30, 1878 at or near Hugh Mahaffey's on the Greenville and Columbia Rail Road about two miles below Williamston Accident alcohol, run over by train
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes apoplexy
Lewis Green free man of color September 17, 1859 at the Williamston Hotel Homicide arsenic
Allen S. Barksdale June 23, 1876 at the house of Robert A. Gray Homicide axe
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Infanticide blunt object
Samuel A. Geer January 15, 1866 at David Geer's House Homicide blunt object
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident burning
Reuben Parker August 22, 1830 at house of Edwerd Sherman Homicide chair
James Hembree September 24, 1835 at the house of Jesse Hembree Homicide club and knife
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes collapsed in yard
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes collapsed while chopping wood
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes collapsed while working
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes consumption
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes died in bed
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford unknown died in sleep
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes disease
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes disease
John Seawright October 22, 1881 on the public road leading from Craytonville to Anderson Court House Natural Causes disease
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes disease
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes disease
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes disease
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes disease (gonorrhea)
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes disease of heart
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide disease of lungs and being whipped and chained in a cold corridor

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