Hatfield and McCoy Records

Hatfield and McCoy Records


The Hatfield/McCoy feud began in the years following the Civil War and flared intermittently until the 1890’s. The Hatfields were based mainly in West Virginia and the McCoys just across the state line in Kentucky, although family members and supporters of both sides lived in each state. The Hatfield/McCoy conflict became the most infamous of the violent feuds that plagued the region in the late nineteenth century.

The Kentucky State Archives holds many records that help to document the feud and the families involved, including correspondence and reports from the papers of Governor Simon Buckner, court records resulting from criminal charges brought against some of the feud participants, and entries in registers from the state penitentiary which cover the incarceration of several of the feudists. These records are now available in the e-Archives.

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