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HMGT #06 Hatfield McCoy Monument - Blackberry Park

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Hidden : 9/1/2012
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Not far from the site where Asa Harmon McCoy was killed, the Blackberry Community Park, on State Highway 1056, near Ransom, KY houses granite monuments highlighting the Hatfield McCoy Feud. A timeline monument dipicts a map of the Tug River, with Kentucky on one side, and West Virginia on the other, with key events and locations inscribed on the monument.

Also in the park is a four sided granite obelisk, about 7’ tall, showing pictures, descriptions of the leaders, Randolph and "Devil Anse" Hatfield and children Johnse Hatfield and Roseanne McCoy.

The McCoys in Kentucky were led by Randolph McCoy (October 30, 1825 – March 28, 1914). In 1849, McCoy married his cousin Sarah (Sally). The couple had 15 children, including 9 sons and 6 daughters (Roseanne McCoy). The McCoys lost 5 children during the feud and Roseanne died in her 30's, supposedly from a "broken heart".

Randolph and Sarah are buried in the Dils Cemetery in Pikeville, along with Roseanne and her brother Samuel.

The West Virginia Hatfield clan was led by William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield (September 9, 1839 – January 6, 1921). Devil Anse and his wife, Levicy, had 13 children, including 9 sons (Johnse Hatfield) and 4 daughters.

Hatfield formed a Confederate guerrilla fighting unit during the Civil War that he named "The Logan Wildcats." In 1865, he was suspected of having been involved in the murder of his rival Asa Harmon McCoy, who had fought for the Union Army and was waylaid by "The Logan Wildcats" on his return home and may have sparked the beginning of the notorious feud between the two families.

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