Monday, February 2, 2015

The Legend Continues....
In A Bizarre Direction

Achieved:  Peace In Their Time~!

The long-running feud between the two mountain, hillbilly families, the Hatfields and the McCoys, already a scintillating read, has taken a turn for the better, "sort of".

In the early 2000s sometime, it was newsworthy that the two sides of this feud, three or four generations later on, had resolved their differences, and buried the hatchet of hatred which had been the source of many a tale told, around a campfire, a pow-wow, a pickle barrel, or corporate boardroom.

The next chapter~  

The following, lovingly lifted from "Drink of the Devil (dot) Com":

The Hatfield-McCoy feud began in 1875 between rival families of Devil Anse Hatfield and Ol' Randall McCoy. The story of “The Feud,” now over 135 years old, has become a modern American symbol of the perils of family honor, pride, justice, and vengeance.  The most notorious family feud in American history involved the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky. During the American Civil War, the feud leaders from both families were staunchly pro-Confederate, and Randolph himself served in the Confederate Army during the opening years of the war. However, Randolph’s younger brother, Asa Harmon McCoy, enlisted in the Union Army. He was discharged from the Union Army on December 24, 1864 after suffering a broken leg, and returned home. 
Soon after his return, Jim Vance, uncle of Devil Anse Hatfield, and a member of the "Logan Wildcats" (a Confederate home guard organized by Hatfield) put Asa Harmon on notice that the Wildcats would soon be paying him, "a visit." Asa Harmon McCoy tried to escape by hiding out in a local cave, but was tracked to his hideout and killed. No charges were ever filed but it was widely known that Vance and members of Hatfield’s Wildcats were directly responsible for his death.
In the late 1870s, Devil Anse Hatfield was involved in a land dispute with Randolph McCoy’s cousin, Perry Cline over a 5,000 acre tract of land that both held title to. Hatfield brought a civil suit against Cline. Hatfield won in what was seen by the McCoys as a Hatfield friendly court. Perry Cline's relationship to the McCoys was through marriage. He had four siblings married to McCoys. Most importantly, his sister, Martha "Patty" Cline was married to Asa Harmon McCoy. Asa Harmon was killed in 1865, by Devil Anse’s uncle, Jim Vance. In 1886, Martha and Harmon’s son, Lewis Jefferson "Jeff", was killed by Cap Hatfield.

It was January 1, 1888. Randolph’s house was burned to the ground and numerous family members were slain by the Hatfields, including two of Randolph’s children. His son Calvin was killed in the shootout as was his daughter, Alifair, who was shot to death as she tried to flee the burning house. Randolph’s wife Sally was badly injured when she attempted to comfort Alifair, suffering several broken ribs and skull fractures. With his house burning, Randolph and his remaining family members were able to escape to the woods; unfortunately, his children, unprepared for the elements, suffered frostbite. He moved his family to Pikeville, Kentucky, where he lived out the remainder of his life in bitterness and grieving. He operated a ferry in Pikeville for some time.
By the end of the feud, he had lost seven of his 
children and his wife.


Read much more antebellum angst and hillbilly hatred, here.

Now, 140 years later, the two families have become corporate partners in ...  

Yeah, legal moonshine.  
Be patient, have a good, stiff drink and expect yet another spark to ignite between these two families, soon enough~!

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