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 51 - 100 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Method
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident exposure
Henry Thompson June 17, 1876 at Broadway trestle on the line of the Greenville and Columbia Railroad Accident train, railroad engine and car fell from trestle
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident drowning
Hutson B. Sulivan August 13, 1866 at Kely Sulivan's [?] residence Suicide hanging
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes premature birth
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Natural Causes stillborn
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes stillbirth
infant June 12, 1872 Infanticide
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Infanticide strangulation or asphyxiation
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes seizure
Jack slave September 4, 1862 at Mrs. Ann Johnson's residence Homicide pistol
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident gun
Jacob Cromer December 4, 1867 at the residence of Jacob Cromer Accident possible internal injuries
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 Hembree September 24, 1835 at the house of Jesse Hembree Homicide club and knife
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident drowning
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
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide disease of lungs and being whipped and chained in a cold corridor
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes disease
Jefferson Kitsinger June 17, 1876 at Broadway trestle on the line of the Greenville and Columbia Railroad Accident train, railroad engine and car fell from trestle
Jim Mason free man of color January 9, 1850 near the residence of William Poole Accident exposure
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes disease
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
John Calhoun Clemson August 11, 1871 at Pendleton Accident train
John Dean December 29, 1848 on the publick [sic] road leading from William McMurry's, Esq to J. L. Kenedy's Accident exposure, alcohol
John Edmonson July 26, 1854 near the road leading from Anderson Court House to the Double Branches. Accident alcohol
John G. Gorley July 26, 1866 Homicide hanging
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's
John Hayne May 16, 1861 At the house of Capt. John Hayne Suicide rifle
John King May 1, 1833 at plantation of the deceased John King Suicide knife
John M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes throat disease caused inflation of larynx
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident drowning
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
John Seawright October 22, 1881 on the public road leading from Craytonville to Anderson Court House Natural Causes disease
John Sulivan December 17, 1859 at B. D. Garison's residence Suicide excessive alcohol and laudunum overdose
John Vandiver March 28, 1845 at residence of Daniel Gentry Accident horse
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide gunshot
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes disease [edema?]
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Accident alcohol
Julia Long November 22, 1883 at the residence of David Long Homicide shovel
Lena Hutchinson October 20, 1873 Accident burning
Lewis Green free man of color September 17, 1859 at the Williamston Hotel Homicide arsenic
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes epileptic seizure
M. J. Wilson June 17, 1876 at Broadway trestle on the line of the Greenville and Columbia Railroad Accident train, railroad engine and car fell from trestle
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident fall
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's unknown unknown
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes disease

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