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The killing of Tolbert, Pharmer, and Bud McCoy by a Hatfield-led gang on August 8, 1882 represented one of the most sensational events of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. What follows is Ephraim Hatfield’s deposition regarding the affair:


Bill of Exceptions

FILED Sept. 1889

G.W. Pinson, Clk


I know Jeff Whitt. I had a conversation with Jeff Whitt the day Wall Hatfield was tried and after he had been sworn as a witness on said trial. In said conversation he said That if he swore on the trial of Wall Hatfield that Dock and Plyant Mayhone was on this side of the river where the McCoy boys were killed. He didn’t know what he was saying. That he was scared and that they were not there.