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William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield
Birth: Sep. 9, 1839
Virginia, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1921
Sarah Ann
Logan County
West Virginia, USA

Folk figure. Born William Anderson Hatfield in what is today Logan County, West Virginia, he grew up in the hill country along the Tug Fork and developed a formidable reputation as a marksman and horseman. With his wife, Levicy, he produced nine boys and four girls. He owned considerable land and ran a successful lumbering operation. In 1863 West Virginia became a state and was admitted to the Union. A Confederate sympathizer, Hatfield formed the Logan Wildcats guerrilla band. Some historians believe the beginning of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud found its beginning in 1865 When Asa McCoy, Ranel McCoy's brother, and Union Army veteran was found shot to death. Others point to an 1878 complaint filed by Ranel McCoy against Floyd Hatfield, Devil Anse's cousin, for stealing his hogs. Popular perception, however, favors the ill-starred romance between Anse's son, Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy. Devil Anse refused his permission for them to marry, the end result was a woman pregnant and abandoned by her lover and her family. Two years later, 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. On New Years Day 1888 Hatfield supporters burned the McCoy's homestead, killing two adult children, Alifair and Calvin, and seriously injuring Mrs McCoy. A reprisal raid netted nine Hatfield supporters but Devil Anse slipped away. The sides were drawn into a pitched battle two weeks later, during which a deputy was killed. In September 1889, the captured Hatfields were tried for the death of Alifair McCoy, eight went to prison, a ninth hanged. Anse spent the last years of his life quietly on his farm. He was once asked to go on the vaudeville stage, but it came to nothing in the end. He was baptized a born-again in 1911. Never wounded, despite his violent life, Anse succumbed to pneumonia ten years later. His funeral was, at that time, the largest ever held in Logan County. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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 Parents:
  Ephraim Hatfield (1812 - 1881)
  Nancy A. Vance Hatfield (1813 - 1895)
 
 Spouse:
  Levisa Chafin Hatfield (1842 - 1929)*
 
 Children:
  Johnson Hatfield (1862 - 1922)*
  William Anderson Hatfield (1864 - 1930)*
  Robert E. Lee Hatfield (1866 - 1931)*
  Nancy Arvella Hatfield Vance Mullins (1869 - 1939)*
  Elliott Rutherford Hatfield (1872 - 1932)*
  Mary Hatfield Howes (1873 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Hatfield Caldwell (1876 - 1962)*
  Elias M. Hatfield (1878 - 1911)*
  Detroit Hatfield (1881 - 1911)*
  Joseph Davis Hatfield (1883 - 1963)*
  Rose Lee Hatfield Browning (1885 - 1965)*
  Emmanuel Wilson Hatfield (1888 - 1978)*
  Tennyson Samuel Hatfield (1891 - 1953)*
 
 Siblings:
  Martha Hatfield Varney (1831 - 1910)*
  Elizabeth Hatfield Record (1835 - 1917)*
  William Anderson Hatfield (1839 - 1921)
  Ellison Hatfield (1843 - 1882)*
  Elias Hatfield (1846 - 1908)*
  Emma Hatfield Smith Reeves Roush (1848 - 1929)*
  Biddie Hatfield Mitchell (1850 - 1924)*
  Smith Hatfield (1853 - 1937)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hatfield Family Cemetery
Sarah Ann
Logan County
West Virginia, USA
 
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Record added: Jun 12, 1998
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William Anderson Devil Anse Hatfield
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William Anderson Devil Anse Hatfield
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William Anderson Devil Anse Hatfield
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- Trisha W.
 Added: Aug. 29, 2014
God bless you and thank you for your honorable, selfless service. Rest in Peace.
- LTC B, USAR (ret)
 Added: Aug. 28, 2014

- Ryan T Hatfield
 Added: Aug. 19, 2014
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