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Hatfield McCoy Feud timeline

May. 20, 2012 @ 12:01 AM

The Hatfield-McCoy feud ran off and on for nearly 30 years. Here, against the backdrop of other events in American history, is a chronology of the feud’s main events, according to www.matewan.com.

1863
Devil Anse Hatfield
forms guerrilla band. Raids and thefts follow between McCoy’s and Hatfields.

1865
First death in feud
—  Asa Harmon McCoy. No prosecution.
Civil War ends in May.

1878
Randolph McCoy
accuses Floyd Hatfield of stealing his pig. Bill Staton’s testimony in court later wins for Floyd Hatfield.

1880
Bill Staton
murdered by Paris and Sam McCoy in June. Sam McCoy tried in September for Staton death; acquitted. Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield meet. She leaves to live with him at Hatfield cabin.

1881
Roseanna returns home, then moves to aunt’s cabin where Johnse is captured by McCoy boys. Roseanna’s ride to Devil Anse’s saves Johnse’s life. Pregnant Roseanna returns to Ole Ran’l’s home, catches measles, miscarries baby, then moves to Pikeville, Ky. Johnse marries Nancy McCoy on May 14.

1882
Ellison Hatfield fatally wounded by Bud, Tolbert and Pharmer McCoy on Aug. 9. After Hatfield dies, the trio is tied to bushes and executed.
Jeff McCoy killed on banks of the Tug.

1887
Kentucky governor
appoints Frank Phillips to capture McCoy boys’ murderers.

1888
New Year’s Day
raid on Ole Ran’l McCoy’s cabin leaves Alifair and Calvin dead, home burned to ground. Roseanna McCoy, less than 30 years old, dies in Pikeville.

1889
Trial of Hatfield clan
in McCoy murders begins.
Ellison Mounts executed for Alifair McCoy’s murder. (Feb 18).

1891
Feud ends.

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