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From the Logan Banner of Logan, WV, comes this bit of history for the Hatfield family, printed on May 11, 1937:
History Of Hatfield Clan Recorded In Banner Files
Ephraim Hatfield Was One of The Quietest Men In The County—Yet He Was Father Of Those Engaged In Famous Feud
Henry Clay Ragland, editor of The Logan Banner in 1896, was, among other things, a genealogist for Logan county.
He lived at a time when most of the children and grandchildren of Logan county’s first settlers were still alive and he had access to a wealth of first-hand information that has served as the basis for family histories in Logan county up to the present.
An account of the entrance of the Hatfield family into this section of the country is clipped verbatim from a Logan County Banner dated Wednesday, April 29, 1896.
“At what is still known as the Hatfield place on Horsepen, Valentine Hatfield, of Washington county, Va., settled at quite an early day. He was the father of nine sons and three daughters, and from them have sprung many of the Hatfields of the Guyandotte and Sandy Valleys.
“Valentine Hatfield married a Miss Weddington, and he was a half brother of Thomas Smith. His sons were Ali, who married a daughter of Ferrell Evans; Joe, who also married a daughter of Ferrell Evans; Ephraim, who married Bettie Vance; (This Ephraim was one of the quietest men in the county, and was for a long time a justice of the peace, yet he was the father and grandfather of the Hatfields who were engaged in the Hatfield-McCoy feud) Andrew, who married a daughter of Humphrey Trent, and whose descendants live in Wyoming county; Thomas, who married a daughter of Frank Evans; John, who married a daughter of Abner Vance; James, who married a daughter of John Toler; (Squire M.A. Hatfield and James Hatfield are the sons of this marriage) Jacob, who married a daughter of Peter Cline; and Valentine, who was never married.
“Of his three daughters, Phoebe married Alexander Varney; Celia married James Justice, who was at one time sheriff of Logan county, and who was the father of John Justice, a prominent merchant in Logan Court House (the name of the city at that time), B.H. Justice, a merchant and timber dealer of Cabell county, and William E. Justice, a merchant at North Spring and at one time a member of the West Virginia legislature.
“Joseph Hatfield, a brother of Valentine Hatfield, settled about the same time at Matewan.”
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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 James Hatfield’s deposition regarding the affair:
COMMONWEALTH VS DOC MAYHORN &C
Bill of Exceptions
FILED Sept. 1889
G.W. Pinson, Clk
The Commonwealth then introduced Jas. Hatfield who testified. Am double cousin of defts. father in law. After the line had been formed at Rev. Anderson’s & just after it had started down the creek with the boys I heard Ance Hatfield say to Randal McCoy we understand we are to be bush whacked down the creek and if we are we will kill the boys first. The defts. were then commanded(?) in the line.
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From “Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888,” published by H.H. Hardesty, we find this entry for Lewis Hatfield, who resided at Blankenship, West Virginia:
Son of James and Rachel (Toler) Hatfield, was born Feb. 20, 1848, in Logan county, W.Va. His parents are now living in Wyoming county, the father born May 19, 1824, in Pike county, Ky., and his mother was born in Logan county. On March 8, 1873, Lewis Hatfield was joined in marriage with Dorcas D. Lester, who was born in this county on Nov. 5, 1845; she died on May 3, 1889, leaving five living children: Laura A., born May 13, 1874; William J., born June 25, 1877; Marga L., born Dec. 12, 1880; Kenna, born May 28, 1883; and Oce O., born April 6, 1887; two daughters, Virginia, born May 25, 1879, died Nov. 13, same year, and Susan B., born Aug. 20, 1885, and died June 3, 1887. Mr. Hatfield is a farmer, and has filled offices of trust and importance; was elected president of the board of education in 1883-5, and justice of the peace in 1885-9; post office address, Blankenship, W.Va. Mrs. Hatfield is a daughter of Pleasant and Lucinda (Miller) Lester, who were united in holy wedlock June 15, 1843; her mother’s birth occurred in Raleigh county, W.Va., Feb. 7, 1823. Pleasant Lester was born in Logan county, W.Va., Jan. 24, 1822; he has passed most of his life in this county, where he is honored and esteemed by all who know him; he is now engaged in farming, but has officiated as justice of the peace, filling the office with highest integrity and efficiency.
Source: Dr. R.A. Brock, Virginia and Virginians, 1606-1888 (Richmond, VA: H.H. Hardesty, Publisher, 1888), p. 832.
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