HMGT #01 The Baby's Grave at Aunt Betty's House

 "Johnse" Hatfield, the 18-year-old son of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, and Roseanna McCoy, the daughter of Randolph McCoy, met on Kentucky election grounds in 1880.


According to accounts, Johnse and Roseanna hit it off, disappearing together for hours. Supposedly fearing retaliation from her family for mingling with the Hatfields, Roseanna stayed at the Hatfield residence for a period of time, drawing the ire of the McCoys.


Although they certainly shared a romance, it rapidly became clear that Johnse, was not about to settle down with Roseanna. Several months later he abandoned the pregnant Roseanna and quickly moved on. In May 1881 he married Nancy McCoy, Roseanna’s 15 year-old cousin.


Now pregnant with Johnse's child. Roseanna moved in with her Aunt Betty McCoy, in Stringtown, a small settlement not far from her father's home, because her father was so upset, and refused to look at or even speak to her.Johnse continued to visit with Roseanna at her aunt's home, which upset her brothers. When Roseanna overheard retaliation plans to take Johnse captive, and deliver him to the county seat for outstanding warrants, she feared for Johnse's life and warned Devil Anse, who immediately organized a rescue party and took Johnse back to West Virginia before he could be transported to the county seat.


Roseanna ended up giving birth to Johnse's child, Sarah Elizabeth, but the baby became sick 10 months into her life and died from measles.Roseanna also died at the young age of twenty-eight, some say of a broken heart. She is buried in the Dils Cemetery in Pikeville, KY. 

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HMGT #01 The Baby's Grave at Aunt Betty's House


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Visiting this site


This site IS open to the public thanks to Pike County and the McCoy Family. 


There are a lot of steps at this location. If you are handicap or have difficulty walking up steps this one may be one you want to visit and remain at the bottom. 


You can still see the house if you don't go up the steps but the steps sorta go on forever :)


At the top you find where the baby is buried and several other graves from the McCoy family.


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 N 37° 37.828 W 082° 13.247 




Driving to this location will be a curvy road for city slickers. So keep your eyes on the road. 


If you get lucky the McCoy family will be on site and you can grab a few photos with some of the real McCoy's ! 






(Factual but Fictional) Roseanna's Obituary

 

Roseanna McCoy (1860 - 1889)


Roseanna McCoy left this world today.

She was only 29. Roseanna was well known for her part in the infamous Hatfield McCoy Feud. Her love affair with Johnse Hatfield, son of clan leader Devil Anse Hatfield, took the conflict between her family and the Hatfields to even greater heights.


Roseanna had been taking care of her ailing mother who was injured by the Hatfields during a raid on their farm on January 1st 1888. 


The cause of death is unknown at this time but family members were heard to say she died of a broken heart.

Roseanna was preceded in death by her daughter Sarah Elizabeth McCoy, whose father was Johnse Hatfield.

Roseanna is survived by parents Randolph McCoy and Sarah Elizabeth McCoy and brothers James, Samuel, William, Trinvilla, Adlade, Fannie and Floyd.  


Roseanna will be buried at the Dills Cemetery in Pikeville, Kentucky. 



~Written by Bill Richardson

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