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
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Barbary Havard wife of Mark Havard November 5, 1840 in the house of Mark Havard Suicide
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes
George Hammond June 24, 1871 at Provosts Mill Pond Accident
Sarah McCulley wife of Barney McCulley September 1, 1841 at the house of Barney McCulley Accident
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
Olin Smith Natural Causes
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
infant June 12, 1872 Homicide
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
Thomas D. Cook April 10, 1854 at Stover's Ferry on Savannah River Accident
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Willis Watson June 14, 1876 at the river bank on Saulda one mile above Gambell old Bridge Accident
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes

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