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 ascending
P. W. Morris April 27, 1872 at Anderson Court House Suicide
Frances Pagett April 15, 1853 at William Pagett's Natural Causes
James Wilson March 27, 1846 at the house of Alexander Moorehead Natural Causes
Fanny Payton colored woman, free from birth June 20, 1870 at residence of Harry Gallard[?] Natural Causes
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes
Nancy Drake August 21, 1872 at Mrs. Elizabeth's Anne Keaton's Suicide
infant March 30, 1874 at Silas Kay's Unknown
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident
Hardy McKinney freedman July 28, 1867 at an old field near F. Wyne's Natural Causes
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878 Accident
Jane slave March 10, 1863 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Samuel Negro Man Accident
Samuel Ward July 19, 1859 at Church Cross Roads Natural Causes
Barbary Havard wife of Mark Havard November 5, 1840 in the house of Mark Havard Suicide
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide
Joseph Poor December 17, 1857 at William Holand's residence Other
Anthony slave July 2, 1853 at Samuel J. Hannond's plantation Accident
Bonaparte Bates March 26, 1856 at the Fuller old field Accident
Freedwoman Freedwoman October 23, 1867 at Anderson Court House Homicide
Martha Morris January 9, 1881 at the residence of Warren Morris Natural Causes
Lila Gambrell October 21, 1875 at the house of Ran Duckworth Natural Causes
Gabriel Hill Colored April 28, 1868 on the plantation of John N. Wilson Suicide
Sloan freedman November 19, 1866 At Williamston Accident
Sarah McCulley wife of Barney McCulley September 1, 1841 at the house of Barney McCulley Accident
male infant slave male infant slave July 10, 1851 at Jacob Pickle's Unknown
Elias Smith August 24, 1869 in the county of Anderson Natural Causes
John Dean December 29, 1848 on the publick [sic] road leading from William McMurry's, Esq to J. L. Kenedy's Accident
female daughter of female daughter of November 28, 1841 at graveyard at Hammonds Old Field Homicide
infant June 12, 1872 Homicide
John Saylor August 6, 1870 at or near the Ridge road near E. R. Cobb's residence Natural Causes
David McClellan November 27, 1857 at residence of David McClellan Accident
colored colored April 24, 1874 at Dr. J. A. Todd's Accident
Harry slave July 7, 1855 at Pendleton village Natural Causes
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident
Sarah Martin July 14, 1844 at residence of Mrs. Sarah Martin Natural Causes
Charity Norris May 29, 1869 at B. F. McGee's residence Homicide
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton Unknown
Franklin A. Ragsdale July 23, 1867 at the house of Franklin A. Ragsdale Unknown
Jane Laniere August 13, 1880 at the residence of G. B. Whiton Natural Causes
Caleb Chappell January 22, 1835 at or near house of John Ledbetter Other
Clarissa Campbell freedwoman March 29, 1867 at the residence of Sarah Campbell Natural Causes
John W. Meeks May 4, 1872 at Brown & Rice's Mill Homicide
James Jenkins May 30, 1875 at Robert Spence's [?] Mill Accident
John Williams February 9, 1879 at the house of Newton Perry [?] on the plantation of Thomas Cox Natural Causes
infant November 27, 1870 at William Stuart's residence Natural Causes
William McCode January 20, 1870 at Luke McCoy's [?] Accident
George C. Mitchell September 19, 1874 at residence of Marion Mtchell Suicide
Elizabeth McHolister August 16, 1855 at the house of Elijah McHolister Natural Causes
Thomas D. Cook April 10, 1854 at Stover's Ferry on Savannah River Accident

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