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001-The Hog Trial

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Hidden : 08/29/2013
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The above coordinates are FALSE.

Do not seek the cache there, you'll likely break a leg.

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In 1878, Randall McCoy accused Floyd Hatfield, a cousin of Devil Anse, of stealing one of his hogs. Floyd Hatfield had the hog, but Randolph McCoy claimed it was his, saying that the "notches" (markings) on the pig's ears were McCoy, not Hatfield marks.

He took Floyd to court in Kentucky, seeking to recover his lost animal. The matter was presided over by the local Justice of the Peace, Anderson "Preacher Anse" Hatfield, Devil Anse Hatfield's cousin.

The McCoys and the Hatfields were both large families in the area. Preacher Anderson did not want to appear biased so he gathered a jury of six Hatfields and six McCoys to hear the case. Despite these good efforts, the trial ended up only furthering tensions between the two families.

One of McCoy's cousins, Bill Staton, testified in support of Floyd Hatfield, a move that was seen as a betrayal (Staton was brother-in-law to Floyd Hatfield).

Another family member, Selkirk McCoy, nephew of Sarah McCoy and a veteran of the Virginia Confederacy, sided with the six Hatfields in favor of Floyd, a verdict that only fed already fraught relations between the Hatfields and the McCoys.

In 1880, Bill Staton, was killed by two of Randolph McCoy's nephews, “Squirrel Hunting” Sam and Paris McCoy. Staton saw the two McCoys while out hunting and shot Paris. Sam, in response, shot and killed Staton. Sam McCoy was tried in West Virginia and acquitted in a trial presided over by Valentine Hatfield, uncle of Devil Anse.

After this, violence between the families continued and the resulting conflict eventually escalated into the most famous family feud in American history, resulting in 12 deaths within the two families.

In 1878, Randall McCoy accused Floyd Hatfield of stealing one of his pigs.

True = N 37° 37.774 W 082° 00.094

False = N37° 41.776 W 082° 04.990

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