Hatfield and McCoy Feud: Randolph McCoy

Randolph “Ole Ran’l” McCoy was the head of the McCoy family during the Hatfield and McCoy feud; he and his wife Sarah produced 16 children. Randolph was a tall man with a stern and serious personality, befitting of a grudge. In 1878, it was Randolph McCoy who accused Floyd Hatfield, Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield’s cousin, of stealing his property, a hog which had wondered into the Hatfield’s territory. The McCoy clan claimed that the ownership was evident by the markings on the hog, so the case went before the Justice of the Peace, over which Anderson “Preacher Anse” Hatfield (not to be confused with Anderson “Devil” Anse”) presided. Continue reading “Hatfield and McCoy Feud: Randolph McCoy”

Hatfield and McCoy Feud: Roseanna McCoy

With History Channel’s upcoming Hatfields & McCoys miniseries, we at Pike County Tourism CVB thought it would be a great idea to introduce some of the feud’s most interesting character’s in a series of articles titled “Faces of the Feud.” If you would like to learn more about the Hatfield and McCoy feud, as well as other great stories from appalachian culture, visit the Big Sandy Heritage Museum, located in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy feud country, Pikeville Kentucky. This article focuses on the forbidden love of Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield. Continue reading “Hatfield and McCoy Feud: Roseanna McCoy”