Nancy E. Hatfield Memories, Part 3 (1974)

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Howard B. Lee, former Attorney General of West Virginia, provided this account of Nancy Hatfield (widow of Cap) in the early 1970s:

“Mrs. Hatfield, your husband and his father bore the same given names: ‘William Anderson’. How did they get the nicknames of ‘Cap’ and ‘Devil Anse’?”

“It is very simple,” she replied. “Early in life Devil Anse’s name was shortened to ‘Anse.’ During and after the Civil War he was called ‘Captain Anse’. The son, because he had the same name as his father, was called ‘Little Cap’. As the boy grew larger, the word ‘Little’ was dropped. Also, because of their fierceness in feud combats, the McCoys called the father ‘Devil Anse’ and the son ‘Bad Cap’. The newspapers took up the names and they stuck. Devil Anse liked and cultivated the title; but eventually the word ‘Bad’ was dropped from Cap’s nickname.

“Was I afraid? For years, day and night, I lived in fear. Afraid for my own safety, and for the safety of my loved ones. Constant fear is a terrible emotion. It takes a heavy toll, mentally and physically.

“I now think that my most anxious moments, as well as my greatest thrill, came years after the feud was over. In 1922, Tennis Hatfield and another deputy sheriff went over to Pikeville, Kentucky, to return a prisoner wanted in Logan County. While there, Tennis visited the aged Randolph McCoy1, surviving leader of his clan during the feud. (Tennis was born long after the feud was over.) The old man was delighted to see Devil Anse’s youngest son’, and Tennis spent the night with him.

“The next morning, Randolph told Tennis that he was going home with him. ‘I want to see Cap,’ he said, ‘and tell him how glad I am that I didn’t kill him. I am sorry Devil Anse is gone. I would like to see him, too.’ Tennis was worried. He didn’t know how Cap would receive his old enemy. So he left Randolph in Logan while he acme up to our place to consult Cap.

“Cap listened to Tennis’ story, and said: ‘Does he come in peace?’ ‘Yes,’ said Tennis. ‘He comes in peace.’ ‘Does he come unarmed?’ ‘Yes, he comes unarmed.’ ‘Then I shall be happy to greet him in the same way. Bring him up for supper and he shall spend the night with us.

“My anxious moments were just before these two strong-willed men met. I knew how they had hated each other, that each had tried to kill the other, more than once, that each had killed relatives and friends of the other, and I was afraid of what they might do when they stood face to face.

“My thrill came when I saw them clasp hands, and heard each one tell the other how happy he was to see him. They talked far into the night, and bother were up early the next morning, eager to continue their talks. Tennis came about one o’clock to drive Randolph back to his Kentucky home. Cap watched them until they passed out of sight up the creek, and then remarked, ‘You know, I always did like that cantankerous old cuss.’

“Cap and Randolph never saw each other again.”

1Should be Jim McCoy, son of Randolph.

Source: West Virginia Women (Richwood, WV: Jim Comstock, 1974), p. 152-153

Albert G. McCoy Property in Magnolia District (1881-1887)

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

Albert G. McCoy (of Logan County)1

[On April 15, 1880, Asa and Nellie McCoy deeded 75 acres to A.G. McCoy for $200. References the first hollow below the forks of Sulphur Creek. A.W. Ferrell was a justice of the peace. Deed Book __, page 189-190.]

[On April 15, 1880, Asa and Nellie McCoy deeded 50 acres to Albert G. McCoy for $50. References the first hollow on the right hand side of Sulphur. Deed Book __, page __.]

1881: Magnolia District

75 acres Sulphur Creek Sandy River $1.75 per acre no building $131.25 total

[transferred from Asa McCoy]

1882: Magnolia District

Pages missing.

1883: Magnolia District

Pages are mostly blank

1884-1885 Magnolia District

75 acres Sulphur Creek Sandy River $2 per acre no building $150 total

50 acres Sulphur Creek Sandy River $2 per acre $20 building $100 total

1886-1887: Magnolia District

125 acres Sulphur Creek Sandy River $2 per acre $20 building $250 total

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1Son of Asa McCoy, brother of Selkirk McCoy.

Sarah Ann McCoy Property in Magnolia District (1873-1887)

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The following land information is derived from Land Book 1873-1874 and Land Book 1880-1886 at the Logan County Clerk’s Office in Logan, WV:

Sally McCoy (of Logan County)

No property listed in 1865-1872.

[Note: Her name is given as Sally McCoy in 1873-1874, then as Sarah Ann McCoy in 1875-1876.]

1873-1874: Magnolia District

200 acres John Ferrell Farm and Vance &c $2.50 per acre no building $500 total

[Transferred from E. Rutherford.]

1875-1876: Magnolia District

200 acres Sandy River $2.50 per acre $25 building $500 total

1877: Magnolia District

No records for this year for Magnolia District

1878: Magnolia District

200 acres Sandy River $2.50 per acre $25 building $500 total

[Note: Her name is listed as Sary Ann McCoy of Logan County.]

1879: Magnolia District

No records for this year for Magnolia District

1880: Magnolia District

200 acres Sandy River $2.50 per acre $25 building $500 total

1881: Magnolia District

200 acres Sandy River $3 per acre $30 building $350 total

1882: Magnolia District

Missing pages.

1883: Magnolia District

Pages are mostly blank.

1884: Magnolia District

200 acres Sandy River $3.50 per acre $30 building $790 total

1885: Magnolia District

200 acres Sandy River $3.50 per acre $30 building $700 total

1886-1887: Magnolia District

200 acres Sandy River $3.50 per acre no building $700 total

William McCoy Property in Magnolia District (1878-1887)

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The following land information is derived from Land Book 1873-1874Land Book 1880-1886, and Land Book 1887-1892 at the Logan County Clerk’s Office in Logan, WV:

William McCoy (of Logan County)

No property listed in 1865-1877.

1878: Magnolia District

[On February 11, 1878, Asa and Nellie McCoy deeded 150 acres to William McCoy for $500. References the mouth of Mate Creek and the land occupied by William McCoy. Ephraim Hatfield was justice of the peace. Deed Book __, page 484-485.]

150 acres Sandy River $1.75 per acre no building $262.50 total

[Transferred from Asa McCoy.]

1879: Magnolia District

No records for this year for Magnolia District

1880: Magnolia District

150 acres Sandy River $1.75 per acre no building $262

1881: Magnolia District

150 acres Sandy River $2.50 per acre $25 building $500 total

[100 acres to S. Simpkins and M.B. Lawson]

1882: Magnolia District

Pages missing.

1883: Magnolia District

Pages are mostly blank

1884-1885: Magnolia District

50 acres Sandy River $4 per acre $25 building $200 total

1886-1887: Magnolia District

50 acres Sandy River $4 per acre no building $200 total

L.D. McCoy Property in Magnolia District (1876-1878)

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The following land information is derived from Land Book 1873-1874 and Land Book 1880-1886 at the Logan County Clerk’s Office in Logan, WV:

L.D. McCoy (of Logan County)1

No property listed in 1865-1875.

[In 1875, Moses Mounts deeded 200 acres on Tug Fork to L.D. McCoy. Deed Book F, page 252.]

1876: Magnolia District

200 acres Steep? Gut Sandy River $2 per acre no building $400 total

[Transferred from Peter Mounts and others.]

1877: Magnolia District

No records for this year for Magnolia District

1878: Magnolia District

200 acres Steep Gut Branch $1 per acre no building $200 total

1879: Magnolia District

No records for this year for Magnolia District

No property listed for 1880.

No property listed in 1881.

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1Most likely, Lorenzo Dow McCoy, son of Selkirk. Perhaps son of John and Nancy McCoy.