Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited: Part 5.2 - The Legend of Abner Vance



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Abner Vance

Abner Vance was my 4th great grandfather, His Daughter Adena Sena was my 3th great grandmother, her Daughter Teena Ann Dempsey was my 2nd great great grandmother, her son Joseph Baisden was my great grandfather, his Daughter Dulcie Baisden Johnston was my grandmother.

Larry Johnston more than 1 year ago


I've taken a blood test that links me in the direct line of Abner's descendants. He is my fifth great, with his granddaughter Amy Browning being my third great. That's as far down as I've gotten, my father was born a Bias in Boone County but I've now been told a family secret that his father was in fact an Ellis. anyhoo, the blood test shows no, I mean absolutely zero not even a fraction of a percent, markers in common with any native American group.

Heather Bias more than 2 years ago


Abner Vance's niece, Phoebe Vance, is my Great-great Grandmother. What a lot of Vance's want tell is that Abner Vance, David Vance II, and their two sisters are half Cherokee Indian. Phoebe Vance is David Vance II daughter. David Vance II is Abner Vance's brother. They also have two sisters. Their mother is full blooded Cherokee Indian. I know her name and where she is from. Also I have Abner Vance's Farewell Song he wrote.

Jenett Morgan more than 2 years ago

Abner Vance=Cherokee?

Would you please share what you know about Abner Vances' Cherokee ancestry with me? I'm a descendant of his as well. I can share with you my email if you'd like.

Bailey Edsall-Parr more than 1 year ago

Editor’s Note:

Ever since it first appeared in our March/April 1996 issue the late Norma Lugar’s story about Roseanne McCoy and the brutal feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys has been one of the single most popular stories to grace the pages of Blue Ridge Country magazine. This guest blog series is meant to honor the legacy of that story by carrying the conversation forward and presenting new perspectives and information about the feud. Although the notable authors and historians we have invited to contribute to this series will make every effort to base their contributions in fact, please note the information and views shared in this series are those of the individual writers. We acknowledge that many of the exact details of the feud remain clouded to this day. If you have any opposing views or additional information, we invite you to join the discussion by sharing it in the comments section. Thank you!