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Devil Anse Hatfield

Born: Sep. 9, 1839, Logan County, Virginia (now West Virginia)
Died: Jan. 6, 1921, (age 81) Logan County, West Virginia

William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield was the patriarch of the Hatfield clan in the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud. Devil Anse himself survived the feud, and agreed to end the feud in 1891.

What do you know about Devil Anse Hatfield? Try this Folk Quick Quiz.

1. Hatfield formed a Confederate guerrilla fighting unit during the Civil War. What was the group known as?

  • "The Logan Wildcats"
  • "Logan Gunfighters"
  • "Tug Fork Warriors"

2. With his wife, Levicy, he produced nine boys and four girls.

  • Fact or Myth?

He owned considerable land and ran a successful lumbering operation.

  • Fact or Myth?

3. Some historians believe the beginning of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud found its beginning in 1865 when, Randolph "Ole Ran'l" McCoy's brother, a Union Army veteran was found shot to death. Who was the McCoy?

  • Asa McCoy
  • Amos McCoy
  • Luke McCoy

4. Others point to an 1878 complaint filed by "Ole Ran'l" McCoy against Floyd Hatfield, Devil Anse's cousin, for stealing his hogs. In June 1880, a Hatfield was killed by two McCoy brothers, Sam and Paris, who were later acquitted on the grounds of self-defense. Who was the Hatfield killed?

  • Staton
  • Anderson "Preacher Anse"
  • David Ray

5. The feud escalated after Roseanna McCoy began an affair with Devil Anse's son, leaving her family to live with the Hatfields in West Virginia. Roseanna eventually returned to the McCoys, but when the couple tried to resume their relationship, Devil Anse's son was kidnapped by the McCoys and was saved only when Roseanna made a desperate ride to alert Devil Anse Hatfield, who organized a rescue party. Who was the son?

  • Johnse Hatfield
  • Moses Hatfield
  • Robert E. Lee Hatfield

6. Despite what was seen as a betrayal of her family on his behalf, Devil Anse's son thereafter abandoned the pregnant Roseanna. In 1881, Devil Anse's son married Roseanna's cousin. Who was the cousin?

  • Nancy McCoy
  • Betty McCoy
  • Mildred Ann McCoy

7. Anse's brother Ellison was killed by McCoys, Anse responded by killing his brother's murderers for which an indictment was issued but no further action taken. Tension between the two families remained high. Hatfield supporters burned the McCoy's homestead, killing two adult children, Alifair and Calvin, and seriously injuring Mrs. McCoy.  When did they burn the McCoy's homestead?

  • New Years Day 1888
  • Valentines Day 1888
  • July 4th, 1888

8. In September 1889, the captured Hatfields were tried for the death of Alifair McCoy, seven went to prison and a eighth hung. Who was hung for Alifair McCoy's murder?

  • Valentine Hatfield
  • Ellison Mounts
  • Elias Hatfield

9. Never wounded, despite his violent life, what was the cause of Devil Anse's death?

  • Pneumonia
  • Lead poison
  • Lung cancer

10. Where is Devil Anse Hatfield buried?

  • Hatfield Family Cemetery, Sarah Ann, West Virginia
  • Spring Hill Cemetery, Spring Hill, West Virginia,
  • Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill, West Virginia

Devil Anse Hatfield Answers

  1. "The Logan Wildcats"
  2. Fact
  3. Fact
  4. Asa McCoy
  5. Staton
  6. Johnse Hatfield
  7. New Years Day 1888
  8. Ellison Mounts
  9. Pneumonia
  10. Angels on your pillowHatfield Family Cemetery, Sarah Ann, West Virginia

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