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Hatfield vs. McCoy
Transcript of Hatfield vs. McCoy
"Devil Anse", was born in Logan County, West Virginia. He was the undisputed leader of the Hatfield family. In 1825, Randall McCoy was born
on the Kentucky side of the Tug
River Valley. He was the leader of the McCoy family. Both Devil Anse, and Randall, fought in the American Civil War. But unlike most myths say, both were confederates. Popular accounts say that one of them killed a commanding officer that the other admired. A big turning point was the Hatfield v. McCoy court case. Apparently, a pig was stolen from the McCoy s. They went to court about it. Things really got interesting in 1882 at an election day gathering. Three McCoy boys got into a fight with Devil Anse. When Hatfield's brother, Ellison, tried to stop it, the McCoys stabbed and shot him. When it was discovered that Ellison had died, the Hatfields were enraged. They bound and kidnapped the McCoys The Hatfields, thirsting for blood and justice, then tied the McCoys to trees and fired over fifty rounds into them. Election Day In The Beginning Pig Trial But bloodshed wasn't the only thing that came from election day. That's where Johnse Hatfield met Roseana McCoy According to most accounts, Johnse and Roseana fell in love at first sight. But their fathers wouldn't let them marry, due to their hatred. Johnse then moved on to Roseana's best friend and cousin, Nancy. they married for 5 years and had 2 kids. Nancy and Johnse later divorced, and Nancy married Bad Frank Philips. Roseana and Johnse Frank Philips and Perry Cline Some of the more cut-throat men were Perry Cline and Frank Philips. Philips (left) was a vigilante/sheriff for the McCoys. Cline (right) was a lawyer and close friend/distant relative of the McCoys. The Hatfields also owned a succsessful logging company. As this was a time where children often followed in their parents' careers, it is commonly thought that the McCoys may have been jealous. Cline had many powerful friends in the government. He used these connections to help the McCoy family. Cline even got the media to help him. They portrayed the Hatfields as backwards, backcountry rednecks. Infact, because of Cline, the Hatfields sold their property and hid out in the woods. New Year's Day Massacre On New Year's Day, 1888, Cap Hatfield, Jim Vance, and other Hatfields and their supporters attacked Randall McCoy and his family. One of his sons and one of his daughters were killed. Frank Philips started tracking down Hatfields. After a few years, they were all brought to the Supreme Court. The outcome of the trials was for 8 Hatfields to have life in prison, and for Ellison "Cottontail" Mounts to be sent to the gallows. The Outcome After the execution, the two families slowly faded away. "Devil Anse" was later on baptized in 1911. He died in 1921 from pneumonia. His family made a life-size statue that still marks his grave today. Hatfield's End McCoy's End Randall McCoy operated a ferry business after the feud. He died in 1914 in an accidental cooking fire. Supposedly, he was haunted by the feud to his dying breath. Bibliography "William Anderson Hatfield".web.available
"Hatfields and McCoys".web.available