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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 W.S. Ferrell’s deposition regarding the affair:


Bill of Exceptions

FILED Sept. 1889

G.W. Pinson, Clk


Who Says I am acquainted with Defts. and known them since they were boys. I am acquainted with their General Moral character in the neighborhood in which they live and it is good. I was summoned and brought here as a witness for the commonwealth. I was at Elias Hatfield’s house the nights the McCoy boys were killed, and was awake when the crowd came with Wall. I didn’t see Defendants there. I saw them next day at the funeral. I was around among the crowd a Good deal that nights at Elias Hatfield’s.