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 Typesort descending Death Method
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878
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
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes disease [edema?]
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
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 heart disease
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes illness
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes epileptic seizure
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes consumption
John M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes throat disease caused inflation of larynx
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes heart disease
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes epileptic seizure
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes premature birth
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes disease
Olin Smith Natural Causes
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes seizure
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes disease
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes tuberculosis
James Coleman September 16, 1873 at or near Mrs. Fantt's residence and one and 1/2 miles south east of Anderson Natural Causes
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes collapsed while working
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes apoplexy
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes died in bed
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Natural Causes stillborn
Harry slave December 17, 1855 at Jesse Gray's residence Natural Causes
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes disease
Anna G. Cason June 10, 1883 at Williamston Natural Causes disease
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes diseased liver, possible heart attack
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins 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
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
John Seawright October 22, 1881 on the public road leading from Craytonville to Anderson Court House Natural Causes disease
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes possible heart attack
John Dean December 29, 1848 on the publick [sic] road leading from William McMurry's, Esq to J. L. Kenedy's Accident exposure, alcohol
Edward Lawrence March 29, 1856 at Pendleton village Accident run over by wagon
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Accident log
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident drowning
Allen Johnson June 17, 1876 at Broadway trestle on the line of the Greenville and Columbia Railroad Accident train, railroad engine and car fell from trestle

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