Hatfield and McCoy Feud
May 10, 1871 Charles Goble McCoy Picture abt.1875-76 Charles' parents were Uriah and Nancy (Nanny) Barnett McCoy, and Charles Goble was the third of their seven children. Uriah and Nannie were married in Tazewell, VA, so we are assuming that is where Charles Goble McCoy grew up.
(The photo above is the only picture of Jim Vance that I have ever been able to locate. L-R Ock Damron, Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, James “Bad Jim” Vance, W.B. Borden)
Hillbillies, Feuds and Family
Bud and Rhoda McCoy posed for the picture at left on the day they were married, Sept. 17, 1907. When Photographer Sanders visited them this spring they went outside and struck the same pose for the picture at right. Bud is the grandson of Harmon McCoy, killed in the Civil War, and a son of Lark McCoy, who played a leading part in the duel (see p. 108). He was too young to kill Hatfields during the family war and has no ill will toward them now. He works in a near-by coal mine and likes to play t
L. Lawson Hatfield squats inside an old hollow tree which was long known as the "stink tree," where Hatfields were said to have stuffed dead bodies. (Usually they let them lie.) Devil Anse never repented his killings; he told Miss Thomas; "A man has a right to protect his family."
Joe D. Hatfield holds up the shirt worn by his uncle Ellison on the day he was killed by three McCoys. There are 26 knife holes in it. The three McCoys were killed the same day; one of them, Little Randall, 15, was told to beg for his life but replied, "Go to hell," and was shot.
Charles Goble with some of his grandchildren -counter clock wise - Richard - Chuck, Betty Jean, Jimmy, Sonny and Bobby.
Johnse Hatfield: Now, I can’t judge a man for not wanting to dive headfirst into a blood feud started by his dad… But I’m going to judge the man for not diving headfirst into a blood feud started by his dad.Johnse is clearly the weakest link of the Hatfield clan. He tries to court Rosanna McCoy, despite his family’s wishes, eventually impregnating her. When it comes down to it, he sides with his family over her, getting her excommunicated from her own family. Then he marries Rosanna’s cousin.
Randall McCoy: Ok, full disclosure, not the biggest Bill Paxton fan. How has his career been this good?That being said, I thought he did a great job. His story line: 10 of his family members are killed by a rival family over a feud he started.He excommunicates one daughter for banging a Hatfield, then his wife goes crazy and dies and a mental hospital. To top it off, by the end of the series, he’s a drunk who ends up burning his house down.Yikes.
Nancy Hatfield Phillips: Nancy was a bit of a badass: she married into the Hatfields, against her family’s wishes. But after the Hatfield clan killed a bunch of her relatives, she basically just married into the family to serve as a spy.Her deceiving ways helped coax information about where Hatfields were hiding, which led Bad Frank to kill Jim Vance. Oh, and after she used Johnse Hatfield, she left him and married Frank Phillips. She’s ruthless. You can probably tell I’m on Team Hatfield.
Ellison Hatfield: Probably the only one who you don’t see stoking the flames of hatred throughout the entire series, Ellison comes in at number five for a different reason.In the middle of part two, Ellison breaks up a fight between the families. As a fight ensues, Ellison waves off family members looking to help out and takes on four different McCoy’s at once, and was pretty much dominating the fight. Unfortunately for him, the McCoy’s
“Bad” Frank Phillips: Though not my favorite character of the series, he rolled with Jesse and Frank James and Wild Bill Cody. Talk about instant street cred.When the question of who was best suited to lead a pack of bounty hunters against the Hatfields, the McCoy clan turned to him. Good call.
Williams Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield: The Patriarch. I don’t know if it was how well Costner played the role, or if Anse is just a more charismatic person than Ran’l McCoy, but of the two I think Anse wins the “No. 1 Dad” award.Think about the numbers: only two of his family members died, compared to 10 McCoys. He had the Hatfield men, himself included, kill his enemies firing squad style.
Jeremiah “Jim” Vance: This guy finishes a very close second to Cap Hatfield.Vance is the Luca Brasiof the Hatfield clan. To put it simply, he finds ways to kill someone. It’s rumored that when he killed Harmon McCoy, that’s how the whole feud began.If half of what happens in this series is accurate, this guy would have been awesome to witness in real life.
William “Cap” Hatfield:Look up the definition of “stud” and you’ll see a 9×11 photo of this man.He was the family enforcer. Blinded in his left eye, his main distinction throughout the series is he being the best shot between the two families.Why does he earn the top spot? He shot and killed Jeff McCoy from a cliff, across a river valley, and hit him right between the eyes. Is this historically accurate? Probably not Definitely.
Ellison Hatfield, “Devil Anse” Hatfield’s younger brother, father of Cottontop Mounts was stabbed 26 times and then shot in the back by Roseanna’s brothers, Tolbert, Pharmer and Bud. He died three days later from the mortal wounds. The McCoy brothers were arrested by Hatfield constables and the entourage set for Pikeville, Kentucky; however,