HMGT #02 Ran'l McCoy Homeplace and Well


All that remains here today is the hand dug well that Randolph McCoy and his family walked to many times each day from their nearby cabin to draw water.


Today, this scenic location is washed in beauty nestled on this quite hillside. As you you peacefully walk up from the nearby creek, it is hard to imagine the horrors that faced the McCoy family here at the height of the feud.


On New year's Day 1888, Randolph, Sarah and their children blew out the candles and turned in for the night. Only a few short hours later, they were awakened by shouts and gunfire and their small mountain cabin became the scene of what would later become known as the 1888 New Year's Night Massacre. Sometime in the night, thirteen of the Hatfield gang, headed by Jim Vance, surrounded the McCoy homestead, near the mouth of Pond Creek, and opened fire on the sleeping family.


The family took cover and began to fire back, wounding a number of their attackers. In order to drive Randolph into the open, the marauders set the house and its contents on fire. As the family fled for their lives, young Calvin McCoy and his sister Alifair, were shot and killed, somewhere near this very well.Their mother ran to aide her son and daughter, only to be beaten over the head with the butt of a gun, and left with the children to die on the cold mountain side.


Randolph was eventually able to escape into the darkness with the remaining family members.


Later that same year, Wall Hatfield and eight others were arrested by a posse led by "Bad" Frank Phillips and brought to Kentucky to stand trial for the murders of the McCoys.


Nine of the men involved in the incident were arrested and brought to trial for the New Year’s night raid.Of these men, eight received life sentences. 


One man, Ellison "Cottontop" Mounts, was hanged in front of an audience of thousands in Pikeville, Kentucky.


The remaining McCoys moved to Pikeville to escape the West Virginia raiding parties. They lived in a house at the end of Main Street in Pikeville. Randall ran a ferry across the river to Ferguson Creek. Sarah healed from the brutal beaten but was never fully herself and mourned the loss of her children until her death.


Very special thanks to Bob & Rita Scott for sharing this amazing site with the public.
 

Ran'l McCoy Homeplace & The McCoy Family Well

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HMGT #02 Ran'l McCoy Home place and The McCoy Family Well



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Visiting this Site

This location has parking on the left side of the road provided by Pike County. Please be careful if you park on that side as you must walk across the road. 


If you park in the driveway across the creek on the side where the location is then you will most likely be greeted by Neal Warren. 


Neal (seen in the photo to the left) is a big teddy bear of a guy and he loves to host visitors to the location.


Be sure to stop by and sign the guest book that Neal has been keeping for years with all the names of the people who have came by. 


This one has no incline steps and is a must see on your journey through Hatfield McCoy Country. 


The property is owned by Bob & Rita Scott who live next to the location. 

(Factual but Fictional) Randolph Bud McCoy Obituary

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

(Factual but Fictional) Tolbert McCoy Obituary

Tolbert McCoy (1854 - 1882)


Tolbert McCoy, 28, has been found dead in Buskirk, Kentucky across the river from Matewan West Virginia. Tolbert McCoy was eldest son of Randolph McCoy, who is leader of the McCoy clan in what has become known as the Hatfield McCoy Feud.

Tolbert is said to have been killed in retribution for the murder of Hatfield clan leader Devil Anse Hatfield’s brother Ellison. Days earlier Tolbert and his brothers Pharmer and Bud became involved in a fight with Ellison Hatfield at the election grounds in Blackberry Kentucky.

During that fight Ellison was stabbed 26 times and shot. He later died of his wounds. Tolbert and his brothers were subsequently taken across the river into Kentucky, tied to a stand of Paw Paw trees and executed by a group of Hatfield loyalists.

One witness indicated Tolbert was shot twice in the head and four times in the body. Tolbert was said to have been involved in a number of altercations with Hatfield family members in recent years.

Tolbert’s parents are Randolph McCoy and Sarah Elizabeth McCoy.

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


~ Obituary written by Bill Richardson

(Factual but Fictional) Bill Staton Obituary

Bill Staton ( ? – 1880)


The body of Bill Staton was found in the woods yesterday. Authorities say he was shot while hunting.

Two men were sought in connection with the death. They were Paris McCoy and “Squirrel Hunting” Sam McCoy. Both of these men are relatives of Randolph McCoy.

Staton gave testimony against Randolph McCoy in a trial over the theft of a hog and this led to Randolph losing the case. After that, tensions between the McCoys and members of the Hatfield family, which Staton is connected to, have been growing.

Some suspect that Staton was murdered for what was perceived as lying against the McCoys in the trial. Both of the McCoys suspected in the shooting are at large.

Staton is survived by his wife.

Staton’s body has not been released so details of funeral arrangements are still pending.


~ Obituary written by Bill Richardson






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