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Kimberly Powell

Popular Miniseries Renews Interest in Hatfield & McCoy Feud

By May 31, 2012

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I've had almost no time for TV of late, so I found myself slightly confused when my article on the first Hatfields & McCoys Reunion Festival from June, 2000 began generating a lot of interest. It's been over twelve years since I interviewed the families for that article--the famous feuding Hatfields and McCoys will now be celebrating their 13th annual festival next week (June 8-10, 2012).

Turns out the History Channel's hit miniseries "Hatfields and McCoys," with Kevin Costner playing the part of Devil Anse Hatfield, is reviving interest in the old feud. Tourists are inundating the Pike County, West Virginia, tourism office with questions about the old feuding families, and local sites of interest related to the feud. I'm happy that most of the questions I've received so far actually relate to the Hatfield and McCoy genealogy--people wanting to know if they are related I guess. But anything that generates an interest in family history is okay in my book. We may not all have family stories quite as titillating as these two famous families, but anyone who digs deep enough into their own roots is pretty much guaranteed to find a few neat stories of their own.

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June 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(1) RichB in PS says:

Understand I am related to Charity Ann Hatfield as great grandmother [married to Sterling Barnes] relocated from WV to KS in the late 1800s and I am trying to confirm as well identify as many other ancestors.

June 3, 2012 at 12:00 am
(2) kerri says:

Absolutely loved the history channels Hatfield and McCoys movie As a true hillbilly the story has always amazed me I love WV history Id say if you dig back far enough you’ll find some relation to one side or the other I actually have family on both sides

June 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm
(3) lana says:

I’m related to the McCoys. Family lived in Stopover and Majestic. Never have been down that way, but i’m headed there next weekend!

June 9, 2012 at 11:54 am
(4) matthew hatfield says:

Hello my name is Matthew Hatfield and would like to know if anyone out there can help me trace my roots on to the Hatfield Family tree I am very very intrested in the whole history of the Hatfields & McCoys so if there is anyone out there that can help me please. E-mail me at matthewhatfield82@yahoo.com I do know a little of my family tree but not much and would really like to know thank you

June 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm
(5) Brandi says:

Has anyone ever visited the “Old Hatfield House” vacation cabin in Cataldo ID?

It is a 103 year old log cabin, hand hewn logs, it is awesome, and worth the time to go for a visit if you have the time!

Posted in the cabin is the history of the cabin with info of the Hatfields
that resided there, and the moonshine stills that were found on the property.

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