Anse Hatfield Letter to Perry Cline (1886)

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Logan County, W.Va.

December 26, 1886

Mr. P.A. Cline

Pikeville, Ky.

Dear Sir:

I had to answer your Letter in regard to the Late Trouble. We are all very sorry that the Trouble occurred but under Somewhat aggravated circumstances it hapened. but I know and solemnly affirm that if such could have been prevented by me I would have stoped the Trouble. but it has gone by & cannot be ___. Cap was away from Home and Jeff went there to his house in the presents of his wife lying on her sick bed and had been under Treatment of the Doctor for three or four weeks and in undertaking to arrest Wallace shot into the House and when Cap came home he went and arrested Jeff to hand him over to a peace officer. & he met with Tom Wallace, and Wallace went with him and at William S. Ferrell’s he Broke loose in the presents of Wallace, and swam the river and Wallace followed shooting at him. I hope that if their is any question Relative to this affair that it will be ___ by a fair statement of the case.

Your friend

Ans. Hatfield

William S. Ferrell statement

At the time Jeff started Cap was of conversing with me some 40 or 50 yds and I never seen Cap Hatfield fire a single shot. You can write to Wm S. Ferrell for now in conclusion I will say to all the relatives of Jeff McCoy that neither one of the Hatfields has any animosity against them and very sorry that such has occurred and sincerely Trust that there will be no more Trouble in regard to the matter. Perry the very Bottom of this crime is nothing more nor less than Mary Daniels and her girls. Now Bill is gone and says he won’t come back. No person is going to Trouble him let him come back.

Very Respectfully,

Anderson Hatfield

NOTE: Ron G. Blackburn owns the original letter. A copy can be seen in Thomas Dotson’s The Hatfield & McCoy Feud After Kevin Costner: Rescuing History (2013), p. 232-233. Coleman Hatfield said that Nancy E. Hatfield, wife of Cap, wrote the letter, while Tom Dotson feels that Preacher Anse Hatfield wrote the letter.

McCoy Property in Magnolia District (1866-1870)

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The following land information is derived from Land Book 1866-1872 at the Logan County Clerk’s Office in Logan, WV:

Daniel McCoy (of Logan County)*

No property listed in 1865.

1866: Magnolia Township

200 acres Sandy River $6 per acre $50 building $1200 total

1867: Magnolia Township

200 acres Sandy River $6.83 per acre $50 building $1200 total

1868: Magnolia Township

200 acres Two Tracts Sand Lick Creek $6.30 per acre $50 building $1260 total

1869-1870: Magnolia Township

200 acres Sandy River $6.30 per acre $50 building $1260 total

Randolph McCoy (of Logan County)

No property listed in 1865.

1866: Magnolia Township

199 acres Sandy River $2.50 per acre no building $497 total

75 acres Sandy River $1.75 per acre no building $431 total

No property listed thereafter.

Johnson McCoy (of Logan County)**

No property listed in 1865.

1866: Magnolia Township

150 acres Sandy River $10 per acre $50 building $1500 total

No property listed thereafter.

Asa McCoy (of Logan County)***

No property listed in 1865.

1866: Magnolia Township

290 acres South Side Pigeon and Thacker Fork $0.50 per acre no building $145 total

820 acres North Side Pigeon $0.50 per acre no building $410 total

No property listed thereafter.

*Father to Randolph McCoy of Hatfield-McCoy Feud fame.

**Most likely, this is William Johnson McCoy (1836-1901), brother-in-law to Anderson Hatfield.

***Most likely, brother to Sallie (McCoy) McCoy.

Absentee Landowners of Magnolia District (1870, 1886, 1889)

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What follows is a list of absentee landowners in Magnolia Township/District of Logan County, WV, for 1870, 1886, and 1889… There are three significant categories of absentee landowners: 1) those who live outside of Logan County; 2) those who live in Logan County but outside of Magnolia District; and 3) those who own property, for example, at Mate Creek but reside, for example, at Grapevine Creek (both within the district). This list only includes the former.

1870

John Counts, Minnesota, 180 acres, Mates Creek

Charles Mounts Estate and Jackson Mounts, Kentucky, 150 acres, Sandy River

John Mullins, McDowell County, 150 acres, Tug Fork of Sandy River

Alexander Mounts, Kentucky, 100 acres, Sandy River

Alexander Mounts, Kentucky, 100 acres, Sandy River

Alexander Mounts, Kentucky, 100 acres, Sandy River

Christian M. Cline, McDowell County, 68 acres, Four Pole Creek and Sandy

John Counts, Minnesota, 50 acres, Mates Creek

Christian M. Cline, McDowell County, 17 acres, Four Pole Creek and Sandy

1886

Warren Alderson, Morehead KY, 2999 acres

Jacob Smith, Mouth of Pond KY, 2050 acres

J.D. Sergeant, Philadelphia PA, 1581 acres

Julius C. Williamson, Kentucky, 1353 acres

T.W. Blankenship, Roane County, 1200 acres

Anthony Lawson estate, Wytheville VA, 816 acres

Oswald Schaaf, Cincinnati OH, 650 acres

A.J. Baker, unknown, 300 acres

James Laidley, Kanawha County, 141 acres

1889

J.D. Sergeant, Philadelphia PA, 8976 acres

James OKeeffe, Tazewell County VA, 3592 acres

Stuart Wood, Philadelphia PA, 1093 acres

Warren Alderson, Morehead KY*, 800 acres

F. Slutienburgh, Cincinnati OH, 350 acres

J.C. Alderson and W.W. Adams et al., Wheeling and Charleston

Lewis Ferrell heirs, Pike County KY

Anthony Lawson heirs, Wytheville VA

William P. Payne et al., McDowell County

*Note: Residence located in Logan County in 1889 but in Morehead, Kentucky, for all other years.

Source: Land Book 1880-1886 and Land Book 1887-1892.

Significant Tracts in Magnolia District (1867, 1870, 1886-1889)

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What follows is a list of tracts higher than 1000 acres in Magnolia Township/District of Logan County, WV, for 1867 and 1886-1889…

1867

Jacob Cline’s Heirs, Logan County, 5000 acres, Sandy River

William Ferrell, Logan County, 3900 acres, Sandy River

Richard Maynard, Logan County, 3250 acres, Sandy River

David Mounts, Logan County, 3000 acres, Tug River and Tributaries

John Ferrell, Logan County, 2812 acres, Sandy River

Warren Alderson, Logan County, 2740 acres, Right Fork Ben Creek

John Ferrell, Logan County, 1814 acres, Pigeon Creek

Richard Ratliff, Logan County, 1340 acres, Stafford and Beech Creek

John W. Deskins, Logan County, 1305 acres, Thacker Creek and Sandy River

Warren Alderson, Logan County, 1300 acres, Spring Fork of Ben Creek

John Ferrell, Logan County, 1100 acres, Sandy River

Jacob Phillips, Logan County, 1000 acres, Sandy River

1870

Jacob Cline’s Estate, Logan County, 5000 acres, Sandy River

Richard Ferrell, Logan County, 3900 acres, On Sandy River

John Ferrell, Logan County, 3075 acres, 7 Tracts on Pigeon

David Mounts Estate, Logan County, 3000 acres, Tug Fork and Tributaries

Warren Alderson, Logan County, 2740 acres, Right Fork Ben Creek

Richard Maynard, Logan County, 2430 acres, On Sandy River

John W. Deskins, Logan County, 1305 acres, Turkey Sandy River

Warren Alderson, Logan County, 1300 acres, Spring Fork Ben Creek

William S. Ferrell, Logan County, 1100 acres, Sandy River

1886

William S. Ferrell, Logan County, 2650 acres

Warren Alderson, Morehead KY, 2640 acres, Sandy River

Lewis Rutherford, Logan County, 1600 acres

Jacob Smith, Mouth of Pond KY, 1500 acres

James Vance, Jr., Logan County, 1500 acres

J.D. Sergeant, Philadelphia PA, 1481 acres

Elias Hatfield, Logan County, 1431 acres

M.A. Ferrell, Logan County, 1300 acres

T.W. Blankenship, Roane County, 1200 acres

1887

William S. Ferrell, Logan County, 2650 acres, Thackers Creek and Sandy River

Warren Alderson, Morehead KY, 2640 acres, Sandy River

Anderson Hatfield, Logan County, 2360 acres, Grape Vine

J.D. Sergeant, Philadelphia PA, 1481 acres, Beech Creek

Elias Hatfield, Logan County, 1471 acres, Four tracts on Mates Creek

M.A. Ferrell, Logan County, 1300 acres, Sandy River

T.W. Blankenship, Roane County, 1200 acres, Spruce Fork of Ben Creek

1888

Anderson Hatfield, Logan County, 2656 1/2 acres, Grapevine Creek

William S. Ferrell, Logan County, 2650 acres, Thacker and Sandy

J.C. Williamson, Logan County, 1837 acres, Four tracts on Alum and Sandy River

Lewis Ratcliff, Logan County, 1600 acres, Sandy River

John Francesco, Logan County, 1500 acres, Grapevine and Thacker

Simpkins and M.B. Lawson’s Heirs, Logan County, 1500 acres, Richard Ratcliff Farm and Sandy River

Elkhorn Sandy R. Trust Co., Logan County, 1481 acres, Ben Creek and Sandy

J.D. Sergeant, Philadelphia PA, 1385 acres, Sandy River

M.A. Ferrell*, Logan County, 1300 acres, Sandy River

1889

Anderson Hatfield, Logan County, 2656 1/2 acres, Grapevine Creek

W.S. Ferrell, Logan County, 2650 acres, Thacker and Sandy River

J.C. Williamson, Logan County, 1837 acres, 4 Tracts on Alum and Sandy River

Lewis Rutherford, Logan County, 1600 acres, Sandy River

Jacob Smith, Logan County, 1500 acres, Richard Ratcliff’s Farm and Sandy River

John Francesco, Logan County, 1500 acres, Grape Vine

Elkhorn Sandy River Trust Company, Logan County, 1481 acres, Ben Creek and Sandy River

J.D. Sergeant, Philadelphia PA, 1385 acres, Sandy River

Joseph Glen, Logan County, 1377 acres, Tug River Below Mouth Bend

J.D. Sergeant, Philadelphia PA, 1354 1/4 acres, Mates Creek

J.D. Sergeant, Philadelphia PA, 1338 3/4 acres, Grapevine

M.A. Ferrell*, Logan County, 1300 acres, Sandy River

Alex D. Trent, Logan County, 1246 acres, Spring Fork Ben Creek

Note: On November 6, 1888, M.A. Ferrell was elected justice of the peace; his term commenced on January 1, 1889.

Cap Hatfield Property in Logan County, WV (1886-1894)

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The following land information is derived from Land Book 1880-1886, Land Book 1887-1892, and Land Book 1893-1899 at the Logan County Clerk’s Office in Logan, WV:

Anderson Hatfield, Jr.

No property listed in 1865-1885.

1886: Magnolia District

400 acres Grapevine Creek $1.25 per acre no building $[blank]

300 acres Grapevine Creek $1.25 per acre $30 building $315 total

[The 300-acre tract contained this additional note: “redeemed for 1884.”]

1887: Magnolia District

400 acres Grape Vine $1.25 per acre no building $500 total

300 acres Grape Vine $1.25 per acre no building $375 total

1888-1890: Magnolia District

No property listed for Cap.

[Note: In 1888, he transferred with others two tracts on Grapevine Creek, Sandy River worth $1.25 per acre with total value of $875 to J.D. Sergeant of Philadelphia, PA.]

1891: Logan District

Nancy E. Hatfield

75 acres Island Creek $2 per acre no building $150 total

[Note: This property was “transferred from Reece Browning.”]

1892-1893: Logan District

Nancy E. Hatfield

75 acres Island Creek $2.50 per acre no building $187.50 total

1894: Logan District

Nancy E. Hatfield

75 acres Island Creek, $2.50 per acre no building $188 total