Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

I am sure that many intelligent readers of feud books wonder, as I did for several decades, why people believe the cartoonish feud yarns. more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

You may have heard this story in its more popular version, which has turtles instead of rocks, but the earliest version discovered (1838) goes like this... more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

As this series is proving, much of the feud story is illogical, impossible or downright ludicrous. A surprising amount of it is also in clear conflict with official public records. more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

From time to time someone will ask me, perhaps only half seriously, who won the Hatfield-McCoy feud. Given the way we think of feuds, as mighty struggles between two equal, or nearly equal, clans, it’s a legitimate question. So let’s have at it. more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Many fables posing as “Feud history” begin with a few basic premises. Chief among these is the claim that the Tug Valley in the 1870’s-‘80’s was a lawless place. But court records for Pike and Logan Counties refute this contention entirely. more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

A Tale of Two Tales: The Legend of Abner Vance Part 3 of 3. By Ryan Hardesty, Creator of “The Real Hatfield, Real McCoy, Real Feud, Real Matewan Facebook Group” more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

A Tale of Two Tales: The Legend of Abner Vance Part 2 of 3. By Ryan Hardesty, Creator of “The Real Hatfield, Real McCoy, Real Feud, Real Matewan Facebook Group” more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

A Tale of Two Tales: The Legend of Abner Vance Part 1 of 3. By Ryan Hardesty, Creator of “The Real Hatfield, Real McCoy, Real Feud, Real Matewan Facebook Group” more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Was the Logan County area devoid of religion? The records clearly show this to be untrue. By Randy Marcum, historian at the West Virginia Archives in Charleston, West Virginia, descendant of Alexander Messer and a cousin to the Hatfield family. more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited