Hatfield McCoy Feud Timeline
The Hatfield-McCoy feud ran off and on for nearly 30 years.
Here, against the backdrop of other events in American history, is a chronology
of the feud's main events.
Devil Anse Hatfield forms guerrilla band. Raids and thefts follow between McCoy's
West Virginia statehood.
President Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation (Jan 1).
General Sherman marches through Georgia, taking Atlanta (Sept 1) and Savannah
First death in feud -- Asa Harmon McCoy. No prosecution.
Civil War ends in May.
President Lincoln shot by John Wilkes Booth (Apr 4). Thirteenth
Amendment, abolishing slavery takes effect (Dec 18).
World Record in mile run is 4:29.
Alaska is bought by U.S. from Russia for $7.2 million.
Ulysses Simpson Grant is nominated for president.
Women's suffrage law is passed in Territory of Wyoming (Dec 10).
U.S. population reaches 38.5 million
Great fire destroys Chicago (Oct 8-11).
Amnesty Act restores civil rights to citizens of the South (May 22), except
for 500 Confederate leaders.
First U.S. postal card is issued (May 1).
Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st president-to-be, was born (Aug 10).
The Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs Louisville Ky., for the first
time (May 17).
"Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain is published.
Ulysses Simpson Grant is elected president.
Randolph McCoy accuses Floyd Hatfield of stealing his pig. Bill Staton's
testimony in court later wins for Floyd Hatfield.
The first commercial telephone exchange opens in New Haven, Conn.,
F.W. Woolworth opens his first five-and-ten store (Feb 22).
Bill Staton murdered by Paris and Sam McCoy in June. Sam McCoy tried
in September for Staton death; acquitted. Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield
meet. She leaves to live with him at Hatfield cabin.
Roseanna returns home, then moves to aunt's cabin where Johnse is captured
by McCoy boys. Roseanna's ride to Devil Anse's saves Johnse's life. Pregnant
Roseanna returns to Ole Ran'l's home, catches measles, miscarries baby,
then moves to Pikeville. Johnse marries Nancy McCoy on May 14.
Ellison Hatfield fatally wounded by Bud, Tolbert and Pharmer McCoy on
August 9. After Hatfield dies, the trio is tied to bushes and executed.
Jeff McCoy killed on banks of the Tug.
The Brooklyn Bridge opens (May 24).
Harry S. Truman 33rd president-to-be, was born (May 8).
Grover Cleveland elected president.
Geronimo, Apache Indian, finally surrenders (Sept 4).
Kentucky governor appoints Frank Phillips to capture McCoy boys' murderers.
New Year's Day raid on Ole Ran'l McCoy's cabin leaves Alifair and Calvin
dead, home burned to ground. Roseanna McCoy, less than 30 years old, dies
Great blizzard in eastern U.S. 400 deaths (Mar 11-14).
Trial of Hatfield clan in McCoy murders begins.
T.C. Crawford publishes "An American Vendetta."
Johnstown, Pa., flood 2,200 lives lost (May 31).
Ellison Mounts executed for Alifair McCoy's murder. (Feb 18).
Ellis Island opens (Dec 31).
(1895: Mingo County W.Va. formed from Logan Co.; Matewan also
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