Anderson County, SC

County Name: 
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 Typesort descending Death Method
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878
John M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes throat disease caused inflation of larynx
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes disease of heart
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes illness
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes collapsed in yard
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes stillbirth
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes fell out of chair while sewing
Olin Smith Natural Causes
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes epileptic seizure
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes disease [edema?]
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes heart disease
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes collapsed while working
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes heart disease
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes consumption
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes disease (gonorrhea)
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes epileptic seizure
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes seizure
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes disease
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes died in bed
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes disease
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes disease
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence 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
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes disease
John Seawright October 22, 1881 on the public road leading from Craytonville to Anderson Court House Natural Causes disease
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes tuberculosis
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes disease
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes apoplexy
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes collapsed while chopping wood
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Natural Causes stillborn
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes premature birth
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes diseased liver, possible heart attack
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes possible heart attack
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident tree fall
Thomas D. Cook April 10, 1854 at Stover's Ferry on Savannah River Accident drowning
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Accident alcohol
Henry Cobb December 16, 1868 at Warnock's Crossing on the Anderson Branch of the Greenville & Columbia Rail Road Accident fall in ditch water
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident exposure

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