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Prominent family figures

May. 20, 2012 @ 12:01 AM

The famous family feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky involved lots of different members of each family. Here’s a look at a few of the key players on each side.

William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield: The recognized leader of the Hatfields and father of 13. He fought for the Confederate Army for two years before returning home to fight for a local Confederate militia known as the Logan Wildcats. He owned a considerable amount of land as well as a lumbering operation. Died of pneumonia in 1921. He was 80.

Randolph McCoy: The patriarch of the McCoy family and father of 16. Fought for the Confederate Army. He was once an owner of a significant amount of land, but was not as affluent as Devil Anse Hatfield. “Old Randall” died of burns from a fire in the home of his nephew on March 28, 1914. He was 88.  

Asa Harmon McCoy: Randolph McCoy’s brother and a Union soldier. He was the first person killed (1865) in an event that some people believe triggered the feud.

Johnson “Johnse” Hatfield: Son of Devil Anse Hatfield. Had a short relationship with Roseanna McCoy that produced a child that died in infancy. He later married Nancy McCoy. He died in 1922.

Roseanna McCoy: Daughter of Randolph McCoy. Had a short relationship with Johnse Hatfield that produced a child that died in infancy. She died in 1888.

Ellison Hatfield: Brother of Devil Anse. Died after being stabbed 26 times and then shot in the back by three of Randall McCoy’s sons.

Floyd Hatfield: Accused by Randall McCoy of stealing his pig. Went to trial and found not guilty.

Bud, Tobert and Pharmer McCoy: Sons of Randall McCoy. The trio fatally stabbed and shot Ellison Hatfield. They were later tied to bushes and executed by the Hatfields.

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