Hatfield-McCoy Feud

Hatfield-McCoy Feud

About Hatfield-McCoy Feud

The Hatfield-McCoy feud (1863-1891) involved two families of the West Virginia-Kentucky area along the Tug Fork, off the Big Sandy River. The Hatfields of West Virginia were led by William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield while the McCoys of Kentucky were under the leadership of Randolph 'Ole Ran'l' McCoy. Those involved in the feud were descended from Ephraim Hatfield (born c. 1765) and William McCoy (born c. 1750). The feud has entered the American folklore lexicon as a metaphor for any bitterly feuding rival parties. More than a century later, the story of the feud has become a modern symbol of the perils of family honor, justice, and vengeance. William McCoy, the patriarch of the McCoys, was born in Ireland around 1750 and emigrated to Doe Hill, Virginia.

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