A Complete List of Visitable Feud Locations in Feud Country

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The Hatfield McCoy Feud Sites

The Baby's Grave at Aunt Betty's House

The Ran'l McCoy Homeplace and Well

"Preacher Anse" Hatfield Cabin & Site of the Hog Trial

The Wash Stand at Hatfield Cemetery

Asa Harmon McCoy the first person killed in the feud

Hatfield McCoy Monument - Blackberry Park

PawPaw Tree Incident

Hatfield McCoy Feud Marker

Ellison Hatfield Cemetery

Ellison Hatfield Cemetery, Hatfield McCoy Country Museum,Bill Wendy Richardson,whatwendysaid,Feud

Ellison Hatfield Home

Birthplace of "Devil" Anse Hatfield

Goldies Hardware

Battle of Grapevine

"Devil" Anse Hatfield Homeplace

"Devil" Anse Hatfield Grave

White Lightning

"Squirrel Hunting" Sam Gravesite

Dils Cemetery

The North and the South

The Courthouse Square

Hanging of “Cottontop” Mounts

Perry Cline Gravesite

"Bad" Frank Phillips Grave

The McCoy House

Basic Story of the Feud

Although tensions existed prior to the Civil War, the first recorded outbreak of violence between the two families occurred in January of 1865, when returning Union soldier Asa Harmon McCoy was murdered.

Members of each family had been active participants in the Civil War, but Asa Harmon McCoy opted to fight for Union forces.Devil Anse, on the other hand, was a strong Southern sympathizer, even leading a band of local guerrilla fighters known as the “Logan Wildcats.” 

When Harmon returned home from the war due to a broken leg, he received numerous threats from the Wildcats.Heeding the warnings, he sought refugee in a nearby cave; despite receiving daily food and aid from his former slave, he was eventually discovered and murdered. Devil Anse, infirm at the time of the murder, was never charged with anything. No one was.Other incidents later followed. 

In 1878, the Hatfields and McCoys went to the justice of the peace over a debate about a pig; the Hatfields believed it belonged to them since it was on their land, while the McCoys claimed original ownership.The matter was settled when Bill Staton, who was related to both families, gave testimony favoring the Hatfields, who later won the case. Staton, however, wasn’t so lucky; two years later, he would be killed by Sam and Paris McCoy, who claimed self-defense in the matter. West Virginia courts agreed and the two were released.

Around the same time, a McCoy daughter named Roseanna became involved with Devil Anse’s son, Johnson, even living with him for a time. She became pregnant, but returned to her family, abandoned by Johnson, who would go on to marry her cousin just a few months later.

After the Roseanne-Johnson debacle, tensions between the families reached new, more violent heights.Ellison Hatfield was killed by three of Roseanna’s brothers, who stabbed him 26 times during an election day fight that got out of hand.Devil Anse & Co. returned the favor, viciously shooting three McCoy brothers after Ellison passed away.

The violence culminated in 1888 with the so-called “New Years Night Massacre,” when several members of the Hatfield family drove the McCoy family from their home with fire and attacked those who fled. Two children of Randolph and Sarah were shot to death and Sarah was left for dead after she had been beaten in the head with a rifle by Johnse Hatfield.At this time, given state-border issues, the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in what had been a local issue. Newspapers across the nation were splashed with lurid details about the matter and people were transfixed by the feud.

Nine men were eventually brought to trial in Kentucky and convicted; eight received life sentences, while Ellison Mounts was sentenced to hang. 

Thousands attended the hanging.In 1891, the families unofficially agree to stop fighting and many members moved away. 

Deaths Related to the Hatfield McCoy Feud

  • January 7, 1865 – Former Union soldier Asa Harmon McCoy, probably by the "Logan Wildcats" led by Jim Vance.
  • 1878 – Bill Staton (Hatfield family), as revenge for testifying on behalf of Floyd Hatfield in his trial for stealing a McCoy hog. Shot by Sam McCoy, nephew of Randolph McCoy Sr.
  • August 9, 1882 – Ellison Hatfield, injured in a fight with Tolbert, Pharmer, and Randolph McCoy, Jr. on August 7, dying two days later.
  • August 9, 1882 – Tolbert McCoy, tied to pawpaw trees and killed as revenge for Ellison Hatfield's shooting/stabbing, on the day Ellison died.
  • August 9, 1882 – Pharmer McCoy, tied to pawpaw trees and killed as revenge for Ellison Hatfield's shooting/stabbing.
  • August 9, 1882 – Randolph McCoy Jr., tied to pawpaw trees and killed as revenge for Ellison Hatfield's shooting/stabbing.
  • 1886 – Jefferson "Jeff" McCoy, following his murder of mail carrier Fred Wolford shot by "Cap" Hatfield
  • January 1, 1888 – Calvin McCoy, at Randolph's house by nine attackers led by Jim Vance. The attackers failed in their attempt to eliminate witnesses against them.
  • January 1, 1888 – Alifair McCoy, at Randolph's house by Ellison Mounts.
  • January 7, 1888 – Jim Vance, killed by Frank Phillips.
  • January 18, 1888 – Deputy Bill Dempsey, wounded by Jim McCoy and killed by Frank Phillips in Battle of Grapevine Creek
  • February 18, 1890 – Ellison Mounts, hanged for Alifair's murder.

Books about the Hatfield McCoy Feud

Books written about the Hatfield McCoy Feud

  • Dotson, Tom (2013). The Hatfield & McCoy Feud after Kevin Costner: Rescuing History. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1-48417-785-3.
  • Alther, Lisa (2012). Blood Feud: The Hatfields & the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance. Lyons Press. ISBN 978-0-7627-7918-5.
  • Jones, Virgil Carrington (1948). The Hatfields and the McCoys. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0-89176-014-8.
  • Waller, Altina L. (1988). Feud: Hatfields, McCoys, and Social Change in Appalachia, 1860–1900. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0-8078-4216-8.
  • King, Dean (2013). The Feud: the Hatfields & McCoys, the true story. New York: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0-316-16706-2.
  • McCoy, Barry (2012). The Story of the McCoys: The Facts, The Feud, The Fury!. Self Published. ISBN 978-0-615-67030-0.
  • Alther, Lisa. Blood Feud; The Hatfields and McCoys; The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance, Guilford, Conn., Lyons Press, 2012.
    364.256 A467Crawford, Theron Clark. An American Vendetta; a Story of Barbarism in the United States , New York, Clarke and Co., 1888.
    364.256 C899.___________________. An American Vendetta , Compiled and Edited by Jim Comstock and Bronson McClung, West Virginia Heritage, 1969. vol. 3, pp.10-69.
    975.4 W53Cunningham, Dan. "The Horrible Butcheries of West Virginia," West Virginia History Journal , 46/*/25-44.
    Arc 1. 4:Donnelly, Clarence Shirley. The Hatfield-McCoy Feud Reader , Parsons, WV, McClain Printing Co., 1971.
    364.256 D685h.Fox, Richard Kyle. Devil Anse, or the Hatfield-McCoy Outlaws, a Full and Complete History of the Deadly Feud Existing Between the Hatfields and McCoy Clans , NY, R.K. Fox, 1889.
    F F793 Pam.Gray, Anne Black. The Devil’s Son; Cap Hatfield and the End of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud, Chapmanville, WV, Woodland Press, 2012.
    F G778 [historical fiction]Hatfield, Coleman C. and F. Keith Davis. The Feuding Hatfields and McCoys; A Timeline and Pictorial History, Chapmanville, WV, Woodland Press, 2008.
    364.256 H362Hatfield, Coleman C. and Robert Y. Spence. The Tale of the Devil; The Biography of Devil Anse Hatfield, Chapmanville, WV, Woodland Press, 2003.
    B H362Hatfield, G. Elliot. The Hatfields , Stanville, KY, Big Sandy Valley Historical Society, 1974.
    364.256 H386h.Hatfield, Lawrence D. The True Story of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud , Charleston, Jarrett Printing Co., 1944.
    364.256 H3623._________________. True Story of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud , copied by Mary M. Jenkins, Charleston, WV., 1964.
    364.256 H3623 .Hatfield, Philip. The Other Feud; William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield in the Civil War, South Charleston, P. Hatfield, 2011.
    973.7 H362Jones, Virgil Carrington. The Hatfields and the McCoys , Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1948.
    364.256 J79.Klotter, Jesse C. "A Hatfield-McCoy Feudist Pleads for Mercy in 1889," West Virginia History Journal , 43/4/322-328.
    Arc 1. 4:Kroll, Harry Harrison. Their Ancient Grudge , Bobbs-Merrill, 1946.
    F K93.McCoy, Truda Williams. The McCoys; Their Story as Told to the Author by Eyewitnesses and Descendants, Pikeville, KY, Preservation Council Press, 1976.
    364.256 M129Rice, Otis K. The Hatfields and McCoys , Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 1978.
    364.256 R497.Rinaldi, Ann. The Coffin Quilt; The Feud between the Hatfields and McCoys, San Diego, Harcourt Brace, 2001, c1999.
    F R578 [juvenile fiction]Spivak, John L. The Devil's Brigade; the Story of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud , Brewer and Warren, 1980.
    F S761.Steele, Paul Curry. Anse on Island Creek, and Other Poems , Mountain State Press, 1981.
    811.54 S814.Swain, George Thomas. The True Facts About the Famous Hatfield-McCoy Feud , Ace Enterprises, 1962.
    364.256 S971 Pam.Thomas, Jean. Big Sandy , NY, Henry Holt and Co., 1940.
    976.9 T36.Waller, Altina L. Feud, Hatfield, McCoys and Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900 , University North Carolina Press, 1988.
    364.256 W198.Wheeler, Billy Edd. Hatfields and McCoys, a Musical Play , Book and Lyrics by Wheeler, Music by E. Cornett, Author, n.d.
    812.54 W562.Woods, Roy C. History of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud with Special Attention to the Effects of Education On It . 22/1/27-33.

***WV Archives 

Old Articles I want to research on the Feud

Old Articles I want to find from WV Archives List

 "5,000 Attended Devil Anse's Funeral," Beckley Post-Herald , 1-10-1970.
"A Predicted Feudist Dies Naturally," Beckley Post-Herald , n.d.
"A Hatfield and McCoy, A Weirton Woman's Many Tales," News Register , 3-19- 1995.
"Allen Hatfield 94; Famous Feud Recalled," Williamson Daily News , 10-28-1971.
"An Ill-fated Love an a Razorback Hog Spark Famous Mountain Feud," WV Call , 4- 1967.
"An American Vendetta," WV Heritage Foundation, January-April 1968.
"An Early Progenitor of Hatfield Feudists," n.d.
"Bibliography of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud, Compiled by M. Sheets, Marshall University, 1979.
"Burial Place Five McCoys Feud With Hatfields Offered for Historical Site," Welch, 11-21- 1957.
"Burying the Hatchet," Dominion Post , 8-1-1976.
"Capt. Devil Anse Hatfield Invaded Concord College '04," n.p. 9-3-1959.
"Cause, Strife Behind Nation's Top Family Feud," Beckley Post-Herald , n.d.
"City Man Says Devil Anse Reticent About Big Feud," Charleston Gazette , 1-2- 1966.
"Dad Sorry for Feud, Joe Hatfield Said," Charleston Gazette , 5-16-1963.
"Death of a Hatfield Sparks Memories of Feud," Guyandotte Voice , 6-27-1991.
"Death Notice of Devil Anse Hatfield lacks Flowery Words," n.d.
"Defending Devil Anse," Fairmont Times , 11-24-1940.
"Despite Fearsome Deeds, Hatfields Had Much on Credit Side," Beckley Post-Herald , 6-17-1970.
"Devil Anse's Widow Died Early Today," Logan Banner , 3-15-1929.
"Devil Anse's Family Circle Broken Troy & Elias Shot in 1911," Beckley Post-Herald , 6-19-1970
"Devil Anse About to Pass Out," n.d.
"Devil Anse's Resting Place," Herald Register , 6-20-1970.
"Devil Anse Hatfield's Widow Called By Death," Charleston Gazette , 5-16-1929.
"Devil Anse," vy R.F. Dibble, The American Mercury , 5-1925.
"Devil Anse's Last Descendant," Parsons Advocate , 8-17-1972.
"Devil Anse, After 45 Years Memories, Tales Hatfield-McCoy Feud Linger," Gazette , 1-2-1966.
"Did Devil Anse Try to Kill Him," Cincinnati Post , 9-18-1974.
"Early Account of Hatfield-McCoy Feud," Beckley Post-Herald , 5-13-1957.
"Ewell Hatfield Collected Feud Artifacts," Beckley Post-Herald , 1-8-1970.
"Ex-Area Pastor Tells McCoy Sidelight," Beckley Post-Herald , 4-11-1970.
"Facts on Hatfield-McCoy Feud," by Kyle McCormick, WV Department of Archives & History.
"Faith of "Devil Anse' Hatfield Disputed," Beckley Post-Herald , 12-29-1961.
"Famous Feud Could Become Tourism Treasure for State," Inter-Mountain , 10-8- 1994.
"Famous Feud Remembered in Matewan 100Years Later," Parkersburg News , 9-10- 1989.
"Famous Mountaineer Feud Recalled by Death of Widow Devil Anse," Intelligencer , 3-16-1929.
"Famous Feud Steeped in Myth," Charleston Daily Mail , 9-16-1989.
"Feud is Dead Bur Stories are Living," Charleston Gazette , 5-7-1976.
"Feud is Popular Subject for Column," Beckley Post-Herald , 1-14-1970.
"Feud Century Passes Since Hatfield and McCoy Trial," Bluefield Daily Telegraph , 9- 11-1989.
"Feud's Lore, Gore Aimed at Tourists, Charleston Gazette , 7-31-1994.
"Five of 13 McCoys Were Killed in Feud," Beckley Post-Herald , 6-12-1963.
"Folks Surprised When a Hatfield Wed a McCoy," Parkersburg News , 2-24-1974.
"Glimpses of a Feudal Chieftain," Advertiser , 2-9-1978.
"Grandson Disputes Call Account of Hatfield Funeral," n.p. 7-1967.
"Great Crowd at Funeral of Mrs. Hatfield," Logan Banner , 3-19-1929.
"Hatfield Kidnapping Plot Destined For Rank Failure," n.d.
"Hatfield and McCoy Feud," n.p. 1959.
"Hatfield Services Largest in County, Charleston Daily Mail , 8-25-1930.
"Hatfield Descendant Tells Real Story of Ancestors," Register Herald , 7-4-1985.
"Hatfield Heirloom Warms Local Clan," Welch Daily News , 3-27-1992.
"Hatfield Men Liked Women Teachers," Beckley Post-Herald , 7-6-1970.
"Hatfield, McCoy Share Sick Ward Here," Beckley Post-Herald , 5-3-1967.
"Hatfield Recalls Little of Feud," Times-West Virginian , 12-16-1973.
"Hatfield Graves a Tourist Draw," Charleston Daily Mail , 3-23-1979.
"Hatfield and McCoy Feud Marks 100th Anniversary," Dominion Post , 9-18-1989.
"Hatfield Cemetery Merits Attention," Charleston Gazette , 10-2-1962.
"Hatfield Ally in Noted Feud Dies in Mingo" Charleston Daily Mail , 12-19-1962.
"Hatfield Cemetery Renovation Near End," Logan Banner , 9-5-1984.
"Hatfield-McCoy Feud Created Legends That Are Still Growing," n.d.
"Hatfield-McCoy Feud to be in Spotlight All Next Week," Williamson Daily News , 8- 13-1988.
"Hatfield-McCoy Feud Drama Possible," Beckley Post-Herald , 8-2-1958.
"Hatfield-McCoy Feud 75 Years Old Today," Beckley Post-Herald , 8-7-1957.
"Hatfield-McCoy Legend Might Lead large Financial Dividend, Charleston Gazette , 3- 21-1991.
"Hatfield-McCoy Feud 100th Anniversary," Huntington Herald-Dispatch , 8-8- 1982.
"Hatfield-McCoy 'F-Day' Came on "Black' Monday, Aug. 7, 1882," Beckley Post-Herald , n.d.
"Hatfield-McCoy Feud Interest Undying," Beckley Post-Herald , 2-26-1966.
"Hatfield-McCoy Feud More Than Myths," Morgantown Dominion Post , 5-3- 1980.
"Hatfield-McCoys Infamous Feud Ended With Trial 100 Year Ago," Dominion Post , 9- 10-1989.
"Hatfield-McCoys Feud Started in WV Pigsty During 1873," Columbus OH Dispatch , 6-17-1979.
"Hatfields and McCoys Stood Still for Dad," Pocahontas Times , 10-16-1975.
"Hatfields Called Saloon the Needmore," Beckley Post-Herald , 6-30-1967.
"Hatfields, McCoys Want to Forget Family Feud," News Register , 9-10-1989.
"Hatfields Mourn Too, For a McCoy," Dominion Post , 5-13-1975.
"Hatfields and McCoys Ride Again," News Leader , 3-25-1959.
"High Water Mark in Feud Set 1888 New Year's Night Raid," Beckley Post-Herald , 6- 15-1970.
"Hog's Ear Causes Ancestors' Feud," The Falcon, Dover Air Force Base, 10-27-1977.
"Hundreds Gather Annually at Grave 'Devil Anse' Hatfield," Huntington Advertiser , 8- 26-1923.
"Judge Foils Plan to Kidnap Hatfields," Beckley Post-Herald , 3-5-1970.
"Life Visits the Hatfields and McCoys, Feuding Families Now Live in Peace," Life , 5- 22-1944.
"Life Size Portrait of Mountain Hero to Stand Guard on Battle Ground, Gazette , 3-19- 1922.
"Like it Was... Taken from the June 24, 1903, Advertiser," Huntington Advertiser , 8- 26-1969.
"Mass Abduction of Hatfields Failed in Court Here," Charleston Daily Mail , 10-24- 1937.
"Matewan is Hoping to Cash in on Hatfield and McCoy Feud," Herald-Dispatch , 9-10- 1989.
"McCoy Clan Leader Buried; Son to Keep Feud Tales Alive," Herald-Dispatch , 2-16- 1984.
"Mrs. McCoy Famed Key in Feud, is Buried Monday," Martinsburg Journal , 5-14- 1975.
"New Book Portrays Famous Feud Best," Beckley Post-Herald , 12-13-1976.
'No Feuding, Hatfields, McCoys Shake Hands in Rain Monument Dedication, Gazette , 5-2-1976.
"Odds and Ends on Greatest of Family Feuds," Beckley Post-Herald , 9-26-1957.
"Old Feud Could Force States to Work Together," Herald-Dispatch , 10-9-1994.
"Oral History Project Underway in Matewan, Williamson Daily News , 6-12-1989.
"Origin of Reckless Men of Celebrated Hatfield-McCoy Feud,"Beckley Post-Herald , 6- 11-1970.
"Patriarch's Funeral at Island Creek Home," Herald Register , 6-20-1970.
"Perry McCoy has Feudists' Pictures," Beckley Post-Herald , 6-7-1969.
"Pig Played Role in Hatfield-McCoy Feud," Beckley Post-Herald , 5-2-1970.
"Pike Prepares Six Tour Sites on Famous Feud," Williamson Daily News , 9-16- 1994.
"Pineville Man Adds to Feud Lore...III," Beckley Post-Herald , 3-12-1970.
"Pineville Man Adds to Feud Lore I," Beckley Post-Herald , 3-10-1970.
"Pineville Man Adds to Feud Lore...II," Beckley Post-Herald , 3-11-1970.
"Recalls Slaying of Hatfield Boys," Charleston Daily Mail , 2-15-1952.
"Romeo and Juliet of the Mountains," WV Heritage Foundation, 11-26-1966.
"Statue of Devil Anse Will Stand Sentinel Main Island Creek," Huntington Advertiser , 3-19-1922.
"Story of a Devil Anse Grandson," WV Hillbilly , 10-19-1974.
"Story of Hatfield & McCoys According to A. M. 'Lonnie' Lee," Advertiser , 9-22- 1975.
"The Hatfield Story," WV Folklore , Summer 1956.
"The Story of a Mountain Feud," WV Hillbilly , 6-10-1972.
"The Feud That Started It All,"Martinsburg Journal , 9-11-1989.
"The Hatfield-McCoy Feud...," Logan Banner , n.d.
"The Story of a Mountain Feud," Munsey's Magazine , n.d.
"The Hatfield Clan...A Rare Look," Charleston Gazette , 11-2-1977.
"The Funeral Of Devil Anse,"Charleston Gazette , 1-12-1958.
"The Hatfields and McCoys," Central WV Guardian , 10-23-1974.
"The Hatfield Clan...A Rare Look," Charleston Gazette , 11-2-1977.
"The Human Side of the Hatfields," Courier Journal Magazine , 7-13-1952.
"The Hatfields and a McCoy Have a Reunion," Herald-Advertiser , 10-2-1938.
"The Old Law of Averages Catches Up With Feuding Hatfields" Beckley Post-Herald , 6-16-1970.
"The Arrest of Devil Anse," Charleston Gazette , 5-25-1958.
"The Man Who Knew Devil Anse," WV Hillbilly , 12-18-1986.
"The Hatfield and McCoys Tourism Feud," Williamson Daily News , 9-16-1994.
"There is Peace in the Valley," Charleston Gazette State Magazine , 11-9-1975.
"There Was This Big Feud; Now There's a Big Festival," Herald-Dispatch , 8-14- 1988.
"Tobacco Chaw Got Hatfields to Church," Beckley Post-Herald , 6-7-1970.
"Tourism Feud," Parkersburg News , 10-9-1994.
"Tub of Tears Shed by Women of Hatfield-McCoy Feuders," Beckley Post-Herald , 6- 18-1970.
"Tug River Borderland Hit by Waves of Sadness and Madness," Beckley Post-Herald , n.d.
"Two Rare Feud Pictures," WV Hillbilly , 2-29-1968.
"Two Sons of Devil Anse Shake Hands Over Grave of Father," Beckley Post-Herald , 6- 20-1970.
"Visit Hatfield-McCoy Area Like Stepping Back into History," Beckley Post-Herald , 8- 13-1972.
"Visit With a Real, Live Hatfield," n.d.
"Wall Could Divert Creek Into Path to Hatfield Grave," Charleston Gazette , 7-30- 1980.
"Where Hatfields and McCoys Feuded," Times-West Virginian , 7-13-1990.
"With Care, Racoon Makes Good Eating," Beckley Post-Herald , 4-20-1964.
"Young McCoy Buries the Ax Cuts a Disc," Huntington Advertiser , 5-27-1976.