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Randolph Bud McCoy

Randolph "Bud" McCoy, Jr (1865 - 1882)


Randolph McCoy Jr., known in the family as Bud, was found dead in Buskirk Kentucky across the river from Matewan West Virginia.

Bud McCoy was the son of Randolph McCoy Sr. who is leader of the McCoy clan in what has come to be known as the Hatfield McCoy Feud. Bud was killed in retribution for the murder of Hatfield clan leader Devil Anse Hatfield’s brother Ellison.

Bud and his brothers were involved in a fight with Ellison Hatfield that resulted in his death. The three McCoy brothers were subsequently tied to a stand of Paw Paw trees and executed by a group of Hatfield loyalists. One witness said that when Bud’s body was found the top of his head was shot off. He was 17.

Bud is survived by his parents Randolph McCoy and Sarah Elizabeth McCoy and brothers and sisters – Roseanna, Calvin, Alifair, James, Samuel, William,Trinvilla, Adlade, Fannie and Floyd.

A small graveside ceremony will be held on the family’s land across from his parent’s home.


~ Obituary written by Bill Richardson

The Geocache