Hatfield and McCoys

Are we related to the Hatfield's and the McCoy's? Since the series is on the History Channel I thought I'd do a little research. 

Kevin Coster plays Willliam Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield. Wikipedia says he is a descendant of Ephraim Hatfield born in 1765 in Washington County, VA. So here it goes:

William is one of 11 children. He was born in 1839 to Ephraim "Big Eaf" (b. 1812 Sprigg, Mingo Co., West Virginia and d. 1881 Newtown, Fayette Co., WV) and Nancy Vance (b. about 1813).

Ephraim's parents were Valentine (born in Russell County, VA in 1789) and Martha (born in Washington Co., VA in 1789).

Valentine's parents were Ephraim Hatfield (b. in 1765 in Washington County, Virginia, died on 13 Oct 1847 in Blackberry Creek, Pikeville, Kentucky at age 82, and was buried in Hatfield Memorial Cemetery, Pike County, Kentucky) and Mary Smith (b. 1754 in Wilmington, New Castle Co., Delaware).

Ephraim is the brother of Ale Hatfield, father of Mordeca Ale, father of Daniel Boone Hatfield, father of Wesley Mordecai Hatfield, father of Harvey Daniel Hatfield, who is the father of Volney Karl Hatfield.

So, yes we are related. William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield's great-grandfather Ephraim is my 5 great-grandfather Ale's brother.

Other factoids:

1. Ironically, the feud started because Jim Vance (the crazy uncle) killed a McCoy who fought for the Union and returned early from the war with a broken leg. Our 3 great grandfather (Daniel Boone) served three years in the Civil War serving with the North. He was in Company G, 97th Infantry and was wounded in the right thigh at Buzzards Roost. He then served as guard after his recovery and was discharged July 16, 1865. He is buried in Los Angeles in the Rosedale Cemetery.
2. The name Vance shows up several times in our ancestry, first with Joseph Hatfield's in-laws who came from Ireland.
3. William McCoy emigrated from Ireland in the 1750's to Doe Hill, VA and the the Robert and Sarah McClenahan emigrated from Ireland in the 1740's and founded the Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church near Staunton, Virginia, just 50 miles away.


  1. Interesting factoids, indeed! Who knew?
    We watched the recent history channel mini series. Wild stuff!


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