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 51 - 100 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Methodsort descending
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
John Dean December 29, 1848 on the publick [sic] road leading from William McMurry's, Esq to J. L. Kenedy's Accident
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Homicide
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Other
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
infant June 12, 1872 Homicide
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Aaron Hardin June 24, 1845 at plantation of Mr. Moses Chambles Accident
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
George Hammond June 24, 1871 at Provosts Mill Pond Accident
Henry slave December 25, 1830 on public highway from Pendleton to Pickensville [modern-day Easley] Accident
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Barbary Havard wife of Mark Havard November 5, 1840 in the house of Mark Havard Suicide
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Homicide
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Sarah McCulley wife of Barney McCulley September 1, 1841 at the house of Barney McCulley Accident
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide

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