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- 1 Who owns Hatfield McCoy moonshine?
- 1.1 What drinks are served at Hatfield and McCoy?
- 1.2 Was Kevin Costner a Hatfield or a McCoy?
- 1.3 What is the difference between Hatfield and McCoys?
- 1.4 Who was the most famous Hatfield?
- 2 Who ended the Hatfield and McCoy feud?
- 3 Are there any Hatfields left?
- 4 Are Hatfields and McCoys friends now?
Who owns Hatfield McCoy moonshine?
November 29, 2018 This little distillery hidden deep in the Appalachian Mountains makes only one product: Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine. It’s made from the original Hatfield family moonshine recipe passed down to Nancy Hatfield, who is a great-great-granddaughter the of notorious Devil Anse Hatfield.
Hence the distillery’s catchy slogan, “The Drink of the Devil.” Hatfield passed the recipe on to her son-in-law, Chad Bishop, who owns and operates the distillery with his wife Amber, who is Nancy Hatfield’s daughter. “She brought it up here in a bible and opened it up and said here it is,” Bishop said, “I’m the only one that knows it besides her.” Produced and bottled in small batches at the distillery in Gilbert, West Virginia, they use 100% West Virginia grown corn as their main ingredient in their 90 Proof spirit.
While it may be made in slightly larger batches than it was 150 years ago, it’s still very true to its roots.
What drinks are served at Hatfield and McCoy?
They sell flavored Moonshine as well as you can have a beer with your meal. Its all an extra cost. They have several beers to choose from.
Was Kevin Costner a Hatfield or a McCoy?
Kevin Costner HATFIELDS & McCOYS Interview. Kevin Costner Talks HATFIELDS & McCOYS, Dramatic License in a Historical Tale, and Finding the Right Hat. Hatfields & McCoys is a three-night, six-hour epic event – airing on HISTORY on May 28 th, 29 th and 30 th – that tells the true American story of a legendary family feud that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia.
Devil Anse Hatfield (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner ) and Randall McCoy ( Bill Paxton ) were close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, when they returned to their neighboring homes and resentments soon exploded between the families. As retaliations grew and more and more family members were horrifically murdered, the feud made international headlines, changing the families and the history of the region forever.
During this recent interview to promote the mini-series, actor Kevin Costner talked about how he got involved with the project, his personal interest in American history, the extent of the research he did, how much he enjoyed working with this ensemble of actors, finding the right hat to embody the character, shooting such an American story in Romania, reuniting with his Waterworld and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves director Kevin Reynolds for the project, and determining how much dramatic license you can take when telling a historical tale.
He also talked about the eight-hour Western he would like to direct, and the characters that are closest to his heart. Check out what he had to say after the jump: Question: How did you get involved with this project? KEVIN COSTNER: Well, I probably knew a little bit more about this story than the average bear.
I like American history, so I was aware of the participants and a lot of it. Obviously, I became more aware of it as I read this script, and then doing my own research. I got involved with it the way I do all the projects that I get involved with. I liked the writing.
- It was the writing of the story.
- Great stories don’t often make great movies.
- Its’ a crafted art form.
- I felt the authenticity of the writing.
- I was surprised by the violence.
- I was interested in what was really going on, culturally, at that point and being able to immerse myself in that era.
- With the research you did for this role, what surprised you, as you started to delve deeper into the character? COSTNER: I was able to read about the participants.
I also started to go a little heavier into the socio-economic issues that were going on, at that time. So often, audiences try to overlay their own sensibilities about something that was happening in the 1860s. We had come out of this terrible Civil War, and we realized that the repercussions of that lasted 50 or 60 years, or more.
I’m told that for people in Libya, Serbia-Croatia, Afghanistan and Iraq, there’s going to be these blood killings in the middle of the night, for the next 60 years. So, when we came out of the Civil War, there was incredible anger. People started to think of Hatfield and McCoy, as Randall McCoy and Devil Anse Hatfield.
But, the more you study, you begin to understand that the children and the outside people were really the provocateurs of this feud that endured. Devil had 13 children and Randall had 13 children. For awhile, in America, that substantiated a farm. But, as we were approaching the end of the century, you realize that most of these kids should have been leaving for the big cities because these little valleys couldn’t support a clan of 70.
- They drank and they hung out and they got angry, and they created old feuds.
- They’d tear the scabs off of old memories, for their own purposes.
- I tried to get into actual human behavior, instead of putting my own sensibilities on it.
- I tried to go back to that time.
- There were 500,000 people that died in the Civil War, and 56,000 died in Vietnam while 6,000 or 7,000 have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
You understand the magnitude of that time and what was overlaid there. We don’t even talk about post-traumatic stress. We understand, since Vietnam, that men coming out of the war are affected. Devil Anse and Randall McCoy both came out of a war where they participated in hand-to-hand combat.
So, I tried to look at all these things, in my research, to make sure that the violence seemed right. There are a lot of ways I try to prepare for a role, and that’s one of them. When did your interest and love of history begin? COSTNER: I guess I was always thrilled by it. When I saw How the West Was Won, as a little boy, that put me on my way to long movies.
I didn’t even leave during the intermission. I just sat there. I was seven years old and listened to the overture and waited for the second half of it to play. I remember seeing Jimmy Stewart in a canoe, and I thought I loved the idea of how the only possessions he had were in that boat.
- I went ahead, even though I was born in the inner city, in Compton, California, and built three canoes myself, and ended up going down the same rivers that Lewis and Clark went down.
- History is thrilling for me, along with the violence, the exploration and the resourcefulness that it actually took to cross America.
This cast is such a great combination of veteran actors, and also younger and newer actors. Do you enjoy working with that mixture of more long-term actors and newer actors, and getting that vibe and dynamic from both? COSTNER: Yeah. I’ve been on a few movies like this, that had big casts, and this one really reminded me of some of the great times I’ve had during those other movies.
The guys were handsome and the girls were pretty, but they were all skilled and really, really dedicated. I think all of the actors – if you want to call them veteran actors – try to search out material like this, and hope that it comes along. It’s not easy to write something this long, and be as detailed as it was.
And, the fact that we ended up shooting in Romania brought the cast even closer together because we were all a long way from home and the language was a barrier for us, as was the food and everything else. People really rallied around each other. And, this group has managed to stay fairly close and still is pretty much in contact with each other, long after this movie has been over, and that’s quite unusual.
What was it like to work with Matt Barr, as your son? What did you think of him, as an actor and as a person? COSTNER: I spoke at the University of Texas, and he came. I don’t know if he was 12 years old or what, but we have a photograph of him looking up at me. He asked me about acting, and I think I signed something for him.
He’s a really handsome guy, and he’s a very thoughtful person. There are a lot of handsome guys out there. With this cast, I probably come in eight now. But, he’s just a very, very serious guy about what he wants to do, in his career, and how he wants to approach it.
- I really think a lot of things will come to him.
- He’s a really fine actor, and he’s a better person.
- That’s not minimizing his talent.
- I just really appreciate him, and everybody else liked him, too.
- He fit so great.
- Everybody who played my sons were good.
- Did you have to search for the right hat to play Devil Anse Hatfield? COSTNER: Yeah, the hat was a very big deal.
I remember, when I finally did put the hat on for the first time, I was in my room, I noticed that there was this great light coming in and I saw my shadow. I actually saw myself put the hat on that I liked. Back in that time, part of the way hats were worn, the front of the hat was flipped up.
If you ever wear a baseball hat and you flip the front of it up, it looks like your I.Q. drops by about 20 points. So, I knew that that was the way I was going to wear the hat, but I had to not let it look corny or foolish. There is a lot to the clothes, to the pipe and to the beard. That certainly lodges you in place and time.
The hat was important, as was how it was worn. I wore two hats. I wore a working man’s hat, for when I do my logging operation, and then I wore my hat when I go into town. The clothes are as much a part of how a movie is perceived as anything, if you ask me.
What did you think, when you found out that you were going to have to trek all the way to Romania to make this uniquely American story? COSTNER: I should have thought it through clearer. When you fall in love with the girl, you’ve got to marry her, right? I fell in love with this script, and then found out that we were going to have to leave.
I probably should have thought it through more because I have little babies and I was away for two and a half months. Normally, everybody goes with me on a movie, but we just felt that they were so young and we just didn’t understand what we might be running into back there, but you learn from everything.
- I really appreciated how we were treated while we were there.
- I was in Transylvania on a full moon.
- It doesn’t get any weirder or better than that.
- But, in a time when we’re fighting for American jobs, suddenly we find ourselves making a quintessential American movie overseas.
- How do we keep production in the U.S.? I don’t know.
But, we were served very well by the people out there. They are really strong people. No matter what the weather conditions were, you looked and people were right there with us. It’s not how I would have drawn it. I would have preferred it to be in America.
- But, this is how it played.
- How did Kevin Reynolds get on board with this, as the director, and what is it about your collaborative process with him that works so well? COSTNER: Well, I asked for Kevin to direct this movie, and they looked at me and could tell I was really serious about it.
- They said, “Okay.” I think he has a very unusual eye.
I think he’s an artist. We had a really good document and a script. Sometimes there are people that just really know how to shoot, who are just in love with their camera, but the story isn’t as powerful as all of their camera moves. But, if you combine a great script with a very good cinematic style, it can be a really exciting offering, and I thought Kevin would give us that.
We did it without a lot of bells and whistles. We did it in Romania. We weren’t living off any perks. I guess, if you would compare our budget to most cable things that are six hours, we would probably have a third of that budget. So, I felt that we were armed with our story. The play is still the thing, in my mind.
I think we did a lot for a little. When dramatic license must be taken to tell a story in this medium, how historically accurate can you be? COSTNER: We ran into that. You want to be accurate, and you should be, but when you make a movie, there are going to be leaps, and we had to make some.
Sometimes you make them theatrically, and sometimes you make them because nobody really knows. You have to go, “Well, what did start it?,” and you touch on a few things that could have started the feud. There were times where we had to compress. I never like to stick my neck so far out on the line and say, “This is absolutely authentic,” but its whole bent is towards authenticity and the participants.
Time was compressed over 20 or 30 years. It’s important to me to be accurate, but it can tie you in knots, to the point where you can’t tell your story. Its aim was true. I’m sure that people could find fault with a measure of certain details. Were you a fan of Westerns on television, like Lonesome Dove, and do you feel the pressure with this to live up to that? COSTNER: I think that you try to raise the bar on whatever you do because you know, in this day of having to deal with a lot of reality TV, people say that scripted programming is dying, so you have to try to create something that can live in people’s minds, long after they see it.
So, I started with the idea that I didn’t want to make something that could just be dismissed the next day, and that it’s maybe something that you want to revisit or share, the same way as when you hear a great song or read a great book and you go, “I’m going to tell somebody about this.” That’s what you try to do.
When you try to portray people’s lives, you try to make sure you don’t portray them as clowns and that you give them a level of dignity. You don’t try to change their persona, but you try to understand that they had unique problems, set in a century that you don’t live.
- Do you think that with a show or a mini-series like this, male viewers who are looking for something to watch other than reality TV will be satisfied with what they see and that this is a good alternative for them? COSTNER: I don’t know.
- I can’t speak to that.
- But, as far as for myself, if people show up to see what I’m doing, I don’t believe they’re going to waste their time.
I believe that they’ll see the reason why I did it. That’s the arrangement I try to have with an audience. I don’t want to waste people’s time. It’s on Memorial weekend. People are going to be drunk, right? So, you hope they find the Lay-Z Boy, and they sit down and watch three nights of Hatfields and McCoys,
- It seems like cable TV provides a fine fit for your own directorial style of epic storytelling.
- With the experience of this mini-series and Open Range behind you, does the medium hold more appeal for you now? COSTNER: I think it does, but you still need the resources.
- For instance, I have an eight-hour Western that I would like to bring to people, and most likely that will be in one of those formats.
But, I want to shoot it in America, so unless the economics can line up with the kind of production value that I feel is important, it won’t happen. When I will do it and how I will do it remains a question. Is there a certain area you’re looking at for that? COSTNER: Yeah, this particular story is more Southwest.
It deals with the Chiricahua Apache, so you want that red dirt look that’s just the big plateau. I’m very specific about the looks of what something wants to take on. It’s set in that region. With all of the varied roles that you’ve played so far, is there a particular character or two that is especially close to your heart? COSTNER: I’ve had the pleasure of playing in some movies that people continue to talk about, so that’s always really fun.
But, if I had to boil it down like that, I really liked playing Billy Chapel in For Love of the Game, and I loved playing Charlie in Open Range, With this part, I was so surprised at how deep I was actually able to go, that I began to write a lot of music about it, about the era and time, and about this famous blood feud that occurred there.
- We wrote the theme song for the movie, and then we wrote a concept album that will come out about a week before the movie comes out.
- It’s called Famous for Killing Each Other, and it’s all about this story.
- I think it’s a very cool record, and one that I hope you’ll listen to.
- I’m as proud of it, as anything I’ve ever done.
Hatfields & McCoys airs on HISTORY on May 28 th, 29 th and 30 th,
Are there still Hatfield and McCoys?
Fox Nation Expands Reality TV Offering With ‘The Real Hatfields and McCoys: Forever Feuding’ (EXCLUSIVE) is moving further into reality TV with the debut of new series “.” The series marks Fox Nation’s next step into reality TV content following the June 2022 debut of “Duck Dynasty” spinoff “Duck Family Treasure.” Recently, the Fox News-backed streamer has been ramping up its lifestyle and entertainment offering on the platform, including projects featuring Kevin Costner, Roseanne Barr and Kelsey Grammer.
Per Fox Nation, “Hatfield family members including Nancy Justus (the oldest surviving direct descendent of Devil Anse Hatfield), Missy Lester, Amber Bishop, Chad Bishop and Christopher Champagne will be featured on the program, while the McCoys’ Big Jim, Courtney Quick, Derek DeProspero, Casandra Champagne, James Quick and John Quick will appear.” Dean King, author of “The Feud: Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story,” will also be featured on the Fox Nation series detail the families’ history. Watch the trailer for “The Real Hatfields and McCoys: Forever Feuding” above.
“This series is a modern day look inside one of the most historic and iconic feuds in American history,” Fox Nation president Jason Klarman said. “We’re thrilled to spotlight both of these families and provide our viewers with a unique twist on a classic, light-hearted reality show.” The reality TV series hails from Fox Nation by Flying Scoop Media & Entertainment.
Mark Finkelpearl and Nathaniel Starck are executive producers. See below for episode descriptions for “The Real Hatfields and McCoys: Forever Feuding.” Part 1 Meet the modern-day descendants of the Hatfield and McCoy families. They’re still feuding, but not with guns. The Hatfields own a distillery and the McCoys an entertainment complex.
They’ll each do whatever they can to make sure the other doesn’t succeed. Part 2 Tensions fly when a Hatfield and a McCoy decide to get married. Casandra, a McCoy, wants the ceremony at Courtney’s new restaurant. Chris, Casandra’s fiancée and a Hatfield, has to break the news to his family that he is marrying a McCoy.
- Part 3 Courtney, proprietor of McCoy Station, races against the clock to get the occupancy permit she needs to open her business.
- The only thing standing in her way is Fire Marshal Chris Hatfield.
- Meanwhile, the Hatfields have their own problems with fire.
- Part 4 The grand opening ceremony for McCoy Station is less than 24 hours away and Courtney still needs to put the finishing touches on her business.
The Hatfields have a launch party of their own as they introduce a new variety of moonshine. Part 5 The big day has finally arrived with Chris and Casandra ready to tie the knot. Things have been relatively peaceful, but will the stress of merging the two families destroy the truce? : Fox Nation Expands Reality TV Offering With ‘The Real Hatfields and McCoys: Forever Feuding’ (EXCLUSIVE)
What is West Virginia most popular drink?
West Virginia: Gin and tonic – You may associate a gin and tonic with a chic pub in London, but, Gin and tonics are local favorites in the state, usually served with aged gin, tonic, seltzer, and lemon oil, says The Daily Meal.
What is the difference between Hatfield and McCoys?
|Hatfield–McCoy feud site along the Tug Fork tributary (right) in the Big Sandy River watershed|
|Location||Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River, West Virginia – Kentucky|
|Caused by||American Civil War, land disputes, revenge killings|
The Hatfield–McCoy feud, also described by journalists as the Hatfield–McCoy conflict, involved two American families of the West Virginia – Kentucky area along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River from 1863 to 1891. 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 Joseph Hatfield and William McCoy (born c.1750). The feud has entered the American folklore lexicon as a metonym for any bitterly feuding rival parties. The McCoy family lived primarily on the Kentucky side of the Tug Fork; the Hatfields lived mostly on the West Virginia side.
The majority of the Hatfields, although living in Mingo County (then part of Logan County ), fought for the Confederacy in the American Civil War ; most McCoys also fought for the Confederates, with the exception of Asa Harmon McCoy, who fought for the Union,
The first real violence in the feud was the death of Asa as he returned from the war, murdered by a group of Confederate Home Guards called the Logan Wildcats. Devil Anse Hatfield was a suspect at first, but was later confirmed to have been sick at home at the time of the murder. It was widely believed that his uncle, Jim Vance, a member of the Wildcats, committed the murder.
The Hatfields were more affluent than the McCoys and had many more political connections. Anse’s timbering operation was a source of wealth for his family, while the McCoys were more of a lower-middle-class family. Ole Ran’l owned a 300-acre (120 ha) farm.
Where was the original Hatfield and McCoy?
| The Hatfield-McCoy Feud, a prolonged vendetta between neighboring families in the Tug Valley, was fought largely in the 1880s. The Hatfields lived mostly in Logan County (including present Mingo) in West Virginia, and the McCoys lived mostly across the Tug Fork in adjacent Pike County, Kentucky.
The affair was the most notorious of several feuds taking place in eastern Kentucky and neighboring areas at the time. The earliest known violence between the families was the January 1865 murder in Pike County of Harmon McCoy, a Union army veteran and brother of Randolph McCoy.
Harmon was believed to have been killed by the Logan Wildcats, a band of Confederate guerrillas usually led by Devil Anse Hatfield. While contributing to hard feelings which later found outlet in the feud, McCoy’s murder was typical of bushwhacker violence throughout the border states during and after the Civil War.
In 1878, Randolph McCoy accused Floyd Hatfield of stealing a hog. Both were Pike Countians, and the resulting trial was held at the home of their neighbor, Anderson ‘‘Preacher Anse” Hatfield, who was a Baptist minister and justice of the peace. Floyd Hatfield prevailed when Bill Staton, though Randolph McCoy’s nephew, testified in favor of Hatfield, and juror Selkirk McCoy, Randolph’s cousin, provided the decisive vote for acquittal.
Their off-and-on relationship, which may have produced an illegitimate child, galled both families for years to come. Much worse trouble ensued at the Blackberry Creek election in 1882. Devil Anse’s brother, Ellison Hatfield, was mortally wounded in a drunken brawl by three McCoy brothers, apparently in an argument over a small debt owed on a fiddle.
Perry Cline, a Pikeville lawyer who had previously disputed with Devil Anse over valuable timberlands, persuaded the governor of Kentucky to request extradition from Governor E.W. Wilson of West Virginia. Wilson refused, then and later, and at times it appeared that there might be armed conflict between the two states.
Vance was soon killed by a posse of Kentuckians led by McCoy partisan Frank Phillips, and the two sides fought a pitched battle at Grapevine Creek, near present Matewan, on January 19. Eventually four Hatfield sons and others were indicted for the cabin raid, and their cousin, Ellison Mounts, was hanged in Pikeville, February 18, 1890.
Various explanations have been offered, including differences originating in the Civil War and strains caused by the rapid industrialization of the region. None adequately explains the depth of bitterness and the amount of blood shed between neighbors on the Tug Fork.
Who was the most famous Hatfield?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
William Anderson Hatfield (September 9, 1839 – January 6, 1921), better known as Devil Anse, was an American timber merchant and Civil War veteran who led the West Virginian Hatfield family during the Hatfield–McCoy feud,
Who ended the Hatfield and McCoy feud?
In 2003, Bo McCoy and his cousin Ron McCoy, both direct descendants of feud leader Randolph McCoy, worked tirelessly with Reo Hatfield, descendent of the feuding Hatfields, to bring an official end to the world’s most famous feud. While peace between the two families had been in place for several decades, Bo, Ron and Reo felt it was important to make an official treaty to serve as a reminder of just how far both families have come since the terrible feud.
It is believed that at a young age, Cline was robbed of 5,000 acres of land by Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield in a court ruling. Some claim that Cline flamed the anger of the McCoys against the Hatfields for revenge. Cline is often demonized by those who support this view, with some writers blaming him for the feud altogether.
Cline was a successful politician as well, attaining the position of Kentucky State Representative. While these facts do not prove or disprove claims that he was solely, or at least in some way responsible for the feud, they do serve as a reminder that human history can be a complex thing to study. Tom E. Dotson, author of the new book The Hatfield & McCoy Feud after Kevin Costner: Rescuing History, (available online at Amazon.com or in the Pike County Tourism CVB office) made a case for “Crazy” Jim Vance, claiming he may not have been as crazy as some authors, namely Dean King, say,
Dotson claims that the historical Vance may have not been known as “crazy”, but by the more loving name “uncle.” His support for Vance’s historical portrayal includes many interesting facts, such as Vance being appointed constable in 1870. This does bring up a unique historical conundrum, as Vance is believed to have been an outlaw according to Pike County law, with Kentucky’s own Special Deputy “Bad” Frank Philips being the one who took his life during a skirmish. As with many other feud related personalities, “Bad” Frank Philips is a complicated character to understand. Feud lore portrays Philips as a gunslinger anti-hero (or villain in some cases) with a variety of wild stories involving women, alcohol and excessive force.
There are some historians who believe that Philips was not “bad” at all, but rather took the necessary measures needed to wrangle up one of the Tug Valley’s most dangerous gangs, the (bad) Hatfields. After all, this was post Civil War era in the battle line state of Kentucky. Law was being reintroduced to the area, and as with the Wild West, the Appalachian region struggled to recover from the chaos of war.
Philips was commissioned by Kentucky State Government to track down and arrest Hatfields. When extradition laws got in the way of Philips accomplishing his mission, the United States Supreme Court sided with Kentucky. Philips served as Deputy Sheriff, and last week, was recognized in the unveiling of the Pike County Courthouse’s Fallen Police Officers Memorial alongside other officers who fell in the line of duty.
I have been told that he was “six feet of devil and 180 pounds of hell”, who staved off a Yankee attack by himself at the battle of Devil’s Backbone. He kept bears as pets, was politically connected and used fear and intimidation to influence Pike County politics.
A portion of feud enthusiasts question Devil Anse’s authority, and claim that he was nowhere near as instrumental in the feud as Wall Hatfield, his older brother, or his uncle Jim Vance. In fact, some claim his preferred weapon of choice was the courtroom, as he was involved in various disputes over land and logging rights. The most common question we receive from visitors is over how the feud began. I would gamble to say that the romanticized Roseanna/Johnse forbidden love story or the hog trial tends to be the most widely believed origin. However there are a variety of solid reasons for what brought about America’s most famous feud.
As mentioned above, the land dispute between Perry Cline and Devil Anse is sometimes cited as the feud’s true purpose, with Randolph McCoy being a pawn of Cline’s to get revenge on Devil Anse. It has been suggested that economic factors played a significant role in the feud, with the lesser well-to-do McCoys being jealous of the Hatfield’s logging enterprise.
All in all, let us be glad that the “feuding” of today is limited to learning and establishing historical truth, with education being the driving force. The author of this article is not a historian. This article is simply an editorial to inspire conversations about the feud.
What caused the Hatfield and McCoy feud?
The feud started over a dispute of ownership of two razor-backed hogs and later escalated with Hatfield’s interest in Rose Anna McCoy, Ole Ran’l McCoy’s daughter.
Are there any Hatfields left?
Hatfield & McCoy Feud Descendants Tell Their Story – TourPikeCounty.com After a long day of clearing brush and cleaning gravestones, Ron McCoy takes a moment to stand before the towering statue of Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, which sits atop the famous feudist’s resting place.
Thousands of feud descendants, as well as history buffs from all over the world visit Pikeville-Pike County each year to tour the sites of the world’s most famous feud, and to these descendants, the gravesites’ condition are of utmost importance. To see the descendants of these famous feudists cleaning the gravestones of their family’s ancestral enemy is a powerful image of forgiveness, and truly shows the humble heart these people have developed despite a legacy of hatred and bloodshed. Ron McCoy facing Devil Anse Hatfield’s grave (candid photo). Ron, along with descendant Bob Scott (Hatfield), had been spending the week in their ancestral home of Pikeville-Pike County, Kentucky assisting Pike County Tourism CVB staff in cleaning and preparing the gravesites of the feudists for tourist season.
I find the perspective of the direct descendants to be particularly interesting, as their relationship with the history is so intriguing. Given that there are great many Hatfield and McCoy descendants around today, with a great variety of perspectives on feud history, we tend to reach out to the descendants that were involved in signing the Peace Treaty when creating our content, namely Ron McCoy, Bo McCoy and Reo Hatfield.
William Keith Hatfield and Jack Hatfield, who are William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield’s descendants, are also two resources that we commonly reach out to, as they have worked over the years to create and enhance our Hatfield McCoy events, namely which takes place each year in September in Pikeville/Pike County, Kentucky.
Recently, we called upon some of these descendants to assist us in creating a video detailing their story as it relates to the Hatfield and McCoy Feud; to tell the story of how the two families went from retribution to reconciliation. The following video was filmed in the Preacher Anse Hatfield Hog Trial Cabin, and features descendants Ron McCoy, Reo Hatfield and William Keith Hatfield.
How many people died in Hatfield-McCoy Feud?
HATFIELD-M’COY FEUD HAS HAD 60 VICTIMS; It Started 48 Years Ago Over a Pig That Swam the Tug River. TOM HATFIELD DIED LATELY Found Tied to a Tree – Governors of Kentucky and West Virginia Have Been Involved in Mountain War.1 Credit. The New York Times Archives See the article in its original context from February 24, 1908, Page 5 TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers.
: HATFIELD-M’COY FEUD HAS HAD 60 VICTIMS; It Started 48 Years Ago Over a Pig That Swam the Tug River. TOM HATFIELD DIED LATELY Found Tied to a Tree – Governors of Kentucky and West Virginia Have Been Involved in Mountain War.
Are Hatfields and McCoys friends now?
M ore than a century after they made history in Kentucky and West Virginia, the Hatfields and McCoys have become easy shorthand for the very idea of a family feud — even if the reasons their fight started can seem to have been lost to time. “Exactly what made the clans so extravagantly unfriendly is open to conjecture,” Kurt Andersen noted in the pages of TIME in 1981.
Maybe Randolph McCoy was sore at a Hatfield for stealing a razorback hog. Maybe he was angry at his daughter Rose Anne, pregnant by Johnse Hatfield after a frolic in 1880, for moving, unmarried, into the Hatfield compound. Or maybe the cause was the packs of Hatfields who crossed the Tug Fork and went swaggering around the Kentucky election grounds.
Whatever the reason, the furies were unambiguously loosed on a whisky-sodden day 100 years ago, One of McCoy‘s sons taunted an unarmed Ellison Hatfield, and Ellison’s riposte was intemperate and unprintable. Seventeen knife thrusts and one revolver shot later, Ellison lay mortally wounded.
What happened between them offers a window into larger forces at play in the United States at the tail end of the 19th century, as explored in the new PBS American Experience documentary The Feud, premiering Tuesday. At the time, the Central Appalachia region was a unique location, not northern but not truly southern either, with its own culture and economy.
But when outside interests came calling, the resulting transactions were often unfair: thanks to limited education, low literacy and an unfavorable judicial system, those who lived on the land often saw their property undervalued — or they were swindled outright.
Families lost hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of acres of lands. For families like the Hatfields and McCoys, the result could be disastrous. Get your history fix in one place: sign up for the weekly TIME History newsletter Chuck Keeney, an Assistant Professor of History at Southern West Virginia Community College who appears in The Feud, tells TIME that, for many people in the region, the rising economic stakes caused heightened tensions within communities.
Families like the Hatfields and McCoys wanted to preserve what they owned, and the friction between Appalachians and investors who wanted their land turned made the communities turn against one another. “The fact that they were left out of a lot of the economic opportunities that they wanted to be a part of really enhanced and exacerbated the violence,” Keeney says.
“It went from being these county relationships, where individuals that lived in the local areas could benefit from those local relationships with politicians, to politicians switching their allegiances to absentee corporations,” Keeney says. And as families moved away from the land where they’d built their homes and businesses, future generations also lost the property that had previously passed down to children from parents.
Rather, a sensationalized version of the story entered the country’s lore, as the Hatfield-McCoy feud was first told in local newspapers, then national outlets. Many historians featured in The Fued agree that the publicization of this feud in an otherwise relatively stable community helped contribute to the negative “hillbilly” trope that follows much of rural America to this day.
It’s not as though there wasn’t violence happening all over the country at this time, particularly in the West,” says Keeney, “but that was glorified violence and it was seen as bringing progress, whereas the violence in Appalachia was seen as impeding progress.” In 2003, members of both families signed a truce — but modern versions of the economic and social forces at work in the Hatfield-McCoy feud perhaps still run as deep as ever.
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