the Hatfields and the McCoys

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the Hatfields and the McCoys

A long-lasting and bloody feud. The Hatfields and the McCoys were two warring families who lived along the West Virginia-Kentucky border. The 1865 murder of a McCoy, a returning Union soldier, allegedly by a band of Confederate sympathizers was attributed to a member of the Hatfield family. The death sparked some thirty years of hatred and much bloodshed between the two clans, a situation that was hardly improved when a McCoy woman ran off to live with a Hatfield who ultimately abandoned her. As word of the lengthy feud spread across the country and for years after it was settled, the two sides became a metaphor for neighborly bad blood. When, for example, two families stopped talking when one chopped down a tree on the property line between them, others in the neighborhood were likely to refer to the situation as “the Hatfields and the McCoys going at it."
See also: and, McCoy
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I was glad to see that all the world was not made up of Bloomfields, Murrays, Hatfields, Ashbys, &c.
But all seemed to condemn me, and to show me 'at I was not in the right way; and as I knew not how to get into it, I sent our Bill to beg Maister Hatfield to be as kind as look in on me some day and when he came, I telled him all my troubles.
But one Sunday, when Maister Hatfield gave out about the sacrament, I noticed where he said, "If there be any of you that cannot quiet his own conscience, but requireth further comfort or counsel, let him come to me, or some other discreet and learned minister of God's word, and open his grief
And I heard him ask Maister Hatfield who I was, an' he says, "Oh, she's a canting old fool.
I started siding stuff then, an' sweeping an' doing; and I expected he'd begin a-calling me for my idle ways, as Maister Hatfield would a' done; but I was mista'en: he only bid me good-mornin' like, in a quiet dacent way.
Hatfield was a little out of humour just then: you know we're none of us perfect--even Moses spoke unadvisedly with his lips.
He was quite a stranger, you know, Miss Grey, and even YOUNGER nor Maister Hatfield, I believe; and I had thought him not so pleasant-looking as him, and rather a bit crossish, at first, to look at; but he spake so civil like--and when th' cat, poor thing, jumped on to his knee, he only stroked her, and gave a bit of a smile: so I thought that was a good sign; for once, when she did so to th' Rector, he knocked her off, like as it might be in scorn and anger, poor thing.
Hatfield was quite right in telling you to persevere in doing your duty; but in advising you to go to church and attend to the service, and so on, he didn't mean that was the whole of a Christian's duty: he only thought you might there learn what more was to be done, and be led to take delight in those exercises, instead of finding them a task and a burden.
Grade I uses hand-rubbed American hard maple; Grade II comes with what the Hatfields call XX Fancy, curly or birdseye maple; Grade III utilizes hand-selected XX Fancy or better grade curly or birdseye maple--these rifles are stocked with the highest quality pieces of gunstock wood available.
Ernest Hatfield opened his first Jaguar dealership in Sheffield in the 1920s, which makes Hatfields the world's oldest name for Jaguar," he said.
Hatfield And McCoy Feud: Kingdom Of The Hollow, The Story Of The Hatfields And McCoys by Phillip Hardy (Staff Writer for the "Sound of the Sirens" online magazine) is the famous story of a blood feud between two struggling families and their kinfolk and friends in the years following the economic hardships which descended upon their mountain region after the end of the debilitating American Civil War.
In particular Weise takes issue with the first "wave" of Appalachian social history of the 1980's--Ron Eller's Miners, Millhands and Mountaineers, Paul Salstrom's The Path to Dependence and my own, Hatfields, McCoys and Social Change in Appalachia.
The conflict between the Kentucky McCoys and the West Virginia Hatfields ended almost a century ago, but the names have survived, mythically miscast in folk song, comic strip, and the affected gait of Walter Brennan.
He embodies the Hatfields spirit of investing in staff to bring out their full potential, having worked his way through most areas of the business over his 26 years working for Hatfields.
hatfields & MCCOYS C5 9pm As the family feud reaches new levels of intensity, Devil Anse Hatfield orders the killing of his old buddy Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton, right).