Anderson County, SC

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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
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Bessie Gambrell Suicide
John M. Bonds December 16, 1850 at Isom R. Bond's Natural Causes
Hewlet Swangum July 21, 1883 at Pelzer, SC Accident
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
Patsy Wilson colored free woman June 17, 1857 at the residence of Robert Wilson Suicide
James Drake December 7, 1854 at residence of James Drake Natural Causes
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
Olin Smith Natural Causes
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes
James Robinson May 20, 1883 n.a. Natural Causes
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
Beller McAlester March 11, 1876 at house of deceased Natural Causes
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
Jim Mason free man of color January 9, 1850 near the residence of William Poole Accident
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Barbary Havard wife of Mark Havard November 5, 1840 in the house of Mark Havard Suicide
George Norris November 23, 1876 at Anderson Courthouse Natural Causes
Willis Watson June 14, 1876 at the river bank on Saulda one mile above Gambell old Bridge Accident
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Sarah McCulley wife of Barney McCulley September 1, 1841 at the house of Barney McCulley Accident
Charity Bozeman June 11, 1880 at the house of Aby McAlister Natural Causes
John Seawright October 22, 1881 on the public road leading from Craytonville to Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident
Henry Cobb December 16, 1868 at Warnock's Crossing on the Anderson Branch of the Greenville & Columbia Rail Road Other
Sloan freedman November 19, 1866 At Williamston Accident
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes
Henry Davis October 30, 1857 at Anderson Courthouse Accident
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes

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