Bad Frank Phillips and wife Nancy L. McCoy. Nancy was the daughter of Asa Harmon and Martha Cline McCoy. Asa was the man shot to death in the cave by Jim Vance in 1865. She was also married to Devil Anse’s son Johnce Hatfield.
|Bluefield Daily Telegraph 1897|
After a Desperado
Thirty Men in Pursuit of Frank PhillipsWelch, WV, June 21 – Thirty men, all armed with Winchester rifles, passed through here yesterday morning, bound for Buchanan County, VA, where they will attempt to arrest the desperado Frank Phillips.Trouble of the most serious nature is expected, for Phillips is in the wilds of Buchanan County, backed by at least one hundred desperate men who are fighting for their homes.The order for Phillips’ arrest has been issued by the United States district court of Virginia on the charge of violating an injunction in the case of Henry C. King against citizens in Buchanan County, VA, Pike County, KY, and McDowell and Mingo Counties, WV. It is sought to recover 500,000 acres of land from farmers and others.Phillips’ fame as a desperado extends throughout the Kentucky mountains, where he took leading part in the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud.