This is the former site of Ellison Hatfield's home. Ellison was Devil Anse Hatfield's younger brother. In 1882, he was involved in a fight with three of Randolph McCoy's sons on election day near Preacher Anderson's Cabin on Blackberry Creek in Pike County, Kentucky.During the fight, Ellison was stabbed 26 times and finally shot but did not immediately die from the wounds.His attackers were taken to a one room school on Mate Creek. Ellison lingered a few days and then succumbed to his wounds.
In retribution for his murder, the McCoys were taken back into Kentucky and executed at the site PawPaw Tree Massacre.Ellison's death magnified the hostilities between the Hatfield and the McCoy families.Ellison was also said to be the illegitimate father of Ellison "Cottontop" Mounts, who was hanged at the end of the feud for his role in the death of Alifair McCoy.
This location is open to the public. You will find little more than the site where Ellison Hatfield was born and a historic marker telling the story of the feud and his life.
It is a location that is accessible to most people and little steps are present.
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Ellison Hatfield (1842 - 1882)
Ellison Hatfield has died today August 9th, 1882. Ellison’s death was the result of wounds received during an altercation at the election grounds in Blackberry Kentucky on August 7th.
Witnesses said a fist fight broke out between Ellison and Tolbert McCoy who is the son of Randolph McCoy. Ellison was getting the better of the fight so Tolbert’s brothers Pharmer and Bud joined in. Then one of the McCoy boys pulled a knife and began stabbing Ellison. Ellison picked up a large rock to defend himself and one of the McCoys shot him in the back. Witness said consumption of moonshine may have contributed to the violence.
All told, Ellison was stabbed 26 times. However, he did not immediately succumb to his wounds and lingered for two days.
Ellison was the brother of William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield. Devil Anse is leader of the Hatfield side of what many are now calling the Hatfield McCoy Feud.
Ellison proudly served in the Confederate Army attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Ellison is survived by his wife Sarah Ann Staton Hatfield and their children Elliot, Valentine, Floyd, Emma, Lydia, Nancy, Louis and Polly. His parents were Ephraim Hatfield and Nancy Vance Hatfield.
Ellison will be buried at a cemetery named in his honor near Newtown, West Virginia.
~ Obituary written by Bill Richardson