Article provided by Jean Hounshell Peppers
|New York Times|
January 8, 1921
The New York Times, Page 10 “Devil Anse” Hatfield DeadNoted Feudist of Hatfield – McCoy Mountain War Dies at 85Huntington, W. Val., Jan. 7 – Anderson Hatfield, long ago nicknamed “Devil” Anse” for his exploits in the Hatfield-McCoy feud that brought violent deaths to so many members of both clans, died quietly in his bed last night of pneumonia at the family home at Island Creek, Logan County. The old mountaineer was in his 86th year.
The famous feud started in 1880 with the theft of some hogs by a McCoy, but did not become murderous until Ellison Hatfield was fatally wounded in a gun fight two years later.
“Devil Anse” then captured three McCoys and kept the in the mountains until the wounded Hatfield died, when he and his followers shot all three prisoners.
The brutal burning of the McCoy home in 1888 and the killing of male and female McCoys as they fled from the flames has been laid to “Cap” Hatfield, eldest son of “Devil Anse.”
The latter, in 1911, after two of his other sons had been shot to death announced his reformation, was baptized and joined the church.