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
Alfred runaway slave June 16, 1862 At Williamston Homicide
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
Joe Jenkins October 8, 1881 at the residence of Matilda Rud Natural Causes
John Maddox June 15, 1881 at Williamston Accident
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
Aaron Hardin June 24, 1845 at plantation of Mr. Moses Chambles Accident
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Jim Mason free man of color January 9, 1850 near the residence of William Poole Accident
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford Unknown
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes
Jack slave [runaway] November 21, 1835 at Andersonville Accident
infant January 13, 1868 at Anderson Court House Natural Causes
Daily Thompson December 8, 1876 at Daniel Thompson's Suicide
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide
Major Crawford July 21, 1880 at Anderson Court House Accident
P. W. Morris April 27, 1872 at Anderson Court House Suicide
Israel slave November 3, 1845 on the plantation of David Gentry Natural Causes
Samuel Negro Man Accident
James Coleman September 16, 1873 at or near Mrs. Fantt's residence and one and 1/2 miles south east of Anderson Natural Causes
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes
Nancy Drake August 21, 1872 at Mrs. Elizabeth's Anne Keaton's Suicide
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide
John Brownlee June 7, 1863 at Williamston Natural Causes
George Hammond June 24, 1871 at Provosts Mill Pond Accident
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Peter Knox July 23, 1878 near Calrandellers[?] Ferry on Tugalo River Accident
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
infant March 10, 1865 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Abram Clement October 6, 1868 at Martin Williamston's residence Accident
Eber B. Stevens March 5, 1873 at Pendleton Natural Causes
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident
infant January 23, 1873 at residence of M. A. Snipes Natural Causes
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes
John H. Megill September 22, 1867 at J. D. Tucker's Unknown
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Daniel Brown October 8, 1881 at the plantation of Willis Watkins Natural Causes

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