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 101 - 150 of 153
Name Deceased Description Date Inquest Location Death Type Death Method
Mary M. Williams March 20, 1860 at William William's residence Suicide drowning
Mary Magdalene Saxton December 6, 1876 at the house of Enoch Saxton
Mary May April 14, 1854 at J. W. May's Natural Causes fell out of chair while sewing
Mary Thompson June 12, 1878
Mary Waters March 20, 1883 at or near the residence of Thomas J. Reynolds unknown unknown
Matthew Gambrell August 12, 1843 at James Mattison's Suicide hanging
Meredith Crawford July 3, 1861 At the residence of Meredith Crawford unknown died in sleep
Minnie Cason June 9, 1883 at Williamston Accident fatal fall
Morriss unknown free man of color January 7, 1858 at Grief Tater's residence Natural Causes possible heart attack
Moses Slave April 10, 1844 at Clayton Webb's Plantation...near the Spring Branch Homicide gun
N. T. Hooper November 7, 1881 n.a. Accident train
N. W. Lafoy June 17, 1876 at Broadway trestle on the line of the Greenville and Columbia Railroad Accident train, railroad engine and car fell from trestle
Nancy Drake August 21, 1872 at Mrs. Elizabeth's Anne Keaton's Suicide drowning
Nancy Steele December 11, 1842 at the Poor House Suicide hanging
Nelson Right September 6, 1873 at or near...Darm Creek Homicide knife
Olin Smith Natural Causes
P. W. Morris April 27, 1872 at Anderson Court House Suicide drowning
Patsy Wilson colored free woman June 17, 1857 at the residence of Robert Wilson Suicide hanging
Peter Knox July 23, 1878 near Calrandellers[?] Ferry on Tugalo River Accident drowning
Peter Williford May 2, 1876 at Daniel Williford's Natural Causes
Reuben Parker August 22, 1830 at house of Edwerd Sherman Homicide chair
Robert Brownlee July 26, 1883 at Seneca River Accident drowning
Robert H. Holliday January 20, 1874 at Calhoun Homicide pistol
Robert H. Pettigrew December 27, 1872 at James H. Wiles house Homicide knife
Robert L. Elmore at sawmill Accident log
Sally Williams July 19, 1880 n.a. Natural Causes consumption
Sam slave October 5, 1854 at the plantation of James W. Harrison Suicide drowning
Sam Burton December 9, 1876 Accident laudunum
Sam Williams May 30, 1876 in the streets of Pendleton Homicide sharp instrument
Samuel Negro Man Accident drowning
Samuel A. Geer January 15, 1866 at David Geer's House Homicide blunt object
Samuel McCulley December 29, 1839 in Broadway Creek Accident alcohol, drowning, exposure
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
Sarah McCulley wife of Barney McCulley September 1, 1841 at the house of Barney McCulley Accident
Sloan freedman November 19, 1866 At Williamston Accident fire
Smith June 9, 1876 near R. H. Anderson's Tanyard Accident drowning
Sophia Hall March 19, 1859 at or near Samuel Martin's residence Natural Causes
Strather Freeman March 2, 1876 at Flat Rock Church Natural Causes heart disease
T. J. Blaydon November 30, 1878 at or near Hugh Mahaffey's on the Greenville and Columbia Rail Road about two miles below Williamston Accident alcohol, run over by train
Thomas D. Cook April 10, 1854 at Stover's Ferry on Savannah River Accident drowning
Thomas Dalton February 8, 1882 at Williamston Accident fell from wagon
Thomas J. Geer November 23, 1860 Thomas J. Geer's residence Accident drowning, seizure
Thomas W. Harrison November 23, 1860 At Pendleton Homicide pistol
Truman Miles October 22, 1839 at Anderson Courthouse Accident alcohol, repeated falls
Unknown April 15, 1861 At Pendleton Accident laudanum overdose
W. A. McConnell January 30, 1867 at Belton Suicide pocket knife
white child white child January 20, 1871 at Wilson's Bridge Infanticide blunt object
Will slave November 18, 1854 at William Nevitt's Homicide fence rail
William Davis June 11, 1881 at Mr. Jeb Davis's residence Suicide gunshot

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