William Hatfield
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William Anderson Hatfield (1839 - 1921)

Capt. William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield
Born in Logan, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 18 Apr 1861 in Logan County, West Virginia, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 81 in Stirrat, Logan, West Virginia, United Statesmap
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William "Devil Anse" Hatfield

William Hatfield [1] was born in Logan County, Virginia, on September 9, 1839. He was the son of Ephraim "Big Eaf" Hatfield and Nancy "Bettie" Vance. He was given the nickname "Devil Anse" by his mother or by Randolph McCoy, or earned from his bravery during battle in the American Civil War. He married Levisa Chafin on 18 April 1861 in Logan County, West Virginia, and they had 13 children.

William Hatfield sympathized with the south, and during the[2] Civil War he formed a fighting unit that he called [3] "The Logan Wildcats." In 1865, Asa Harmon McCoy, on his way home from fighting for the Union Army was killed by The Wildcats . William Hatfield was thought to have been involved, but had been home ill at the time of the killing. Asa Harmon McCoy murder was most likely committed on the say so of William Hatfield's uncle, Jim Vance. This is believed to have started the beginning of the [4]Hatfield and McCoy feud, between the two families that claimed many lives on both sides.

The second recorded instance of violence in the feud, occurred 13 years later[5] with a court case. In 1878, Hatfield's cousin Floyd was accused of stealing a hog from Randall McCoy. Another cousin, Preacher Anse Hatfield, the local justice of the peace, presided over the trial. In the interest of fairness, he created a jury of six Hatfields and six McCoys. The jury found Floyd Hatfield not guilty, and Randall McCoy and some of his family blamed the Hatfields for this defeat.

William Hatfield [6]died of pneumonia on January 6, 1921 in Stirrat, Logan County, West Virginia he was 81 years old. He is buried in the Hatfield Family Cemetery .William Hatfield was an uncle to Governor of West Virginia, and United States Senator, [7]Henry D. Hatfield.

William was born in 1839. He was the son of Ephraim Hatfield. He passed away in 1921. [8]


  1. Encyclopedia.org - Devil Anse Hatfield
  2. Civil War Profiles - Devil Anse Hatfield Fights His First Border War
  3. Encyclopedia - Logan Wildcats
  4. Wikipedia - Hatfield–McCoy feud
  5. Biography - Devil Anse Hatfield Biography (1839–1921)
  6. Find a Grave Memorial# 3061 - William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield
  7. Wikipedia - Henry D. Hatfield
  8. Personal recollection of events witnessed by Stephanie (Hatfield) Howes as remembered 9 Aug 2021.
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZ4G-71P : 12 April 2016), Anderson Hatfield, West Virginia, United States; citing p. 5, family 42, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Arc...
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6RY-M1S : 15 July 2017), Anderson Hatfield, Magnolia, Logan, West Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district ED 75, sheet 295A, NARA microfilm publicat...
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9CT-DS3 : accessed 29 January 2019), Hatfield, Logan district (west side), Logan, West Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 66, sheet 2A, fa...
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPNY-B8G : accessed 29 January 2019), Ause Hatfield, Logan, Logan, West Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 64, sheet 47B, family 35, NAR...
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MN2X-GFR : accessed 29 January 2019), Anderson Hatfield, Logan, Logan, West Virginia, United States; citing ED 22, sheet 15B, line 76, family 250, NARA microfilm...
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #3061 memorial page for William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield (9 Sep 1839–7 Jan 1921), Find a Grave Memorial ID 3061, citing Hatfield Family Cemetery, Sarah Ann, Logan County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .

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A lot of the biography here is not correct. The Logan Wildcats were Company D of the 34th Virginia Infantry. That unit never operated within a hundred miles of Tug River, and Devil Anse was never a member of the unit. Asa Harmon McCoy was literally surrounded by his fellow Unionists, many of whom had deserted the 39th Kentucky earlier in that autumn. None of his near neighbors were Confederate. Asa Harmon McCoy was in the Home Guard and was seriously wounded in the chest in February, 1862. In November of that same year, he was captured by the Virginia State Line cavalry—including Devil Anse Hatfield—and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond. Paroled and discharged in April, 1863, he returned home, still recuperating from the old chest wound. In October of 1863, he traveled to Ashland and enlisted in the 45th Kentucky Infantry.

Discharged on Christmas Eve, 1864, Harmon immediately re-enlisted and was sent home on furlough. He was, according to the sworn testimony of his widow, “killed by rebels while on his way back to his regiment.” Neither Devil Anse or James Vance had anything to do with the killing of Asa.

posted by Steve Ballard
I'm part of a Facebook group, that is suggesting that Devil Anse had a few children out of wedlock. Anything on this? Could have a lot of DNA connections we're not 100% aware of?

Sylvania Woldford, child: Vesta Hatfield

Amanda Murphy, child: Jane Hatfield

Elizabeth Mounts, children: Sarah Belle Mounts (DNA proven) and Moses Mounts

Helen McCoy, child Belle Blankenship

posted by Stephanie (Hatfield) Howes
edited by Stephanie (Hatfield) Howes
Hatfield-5395 and Hatfield-260 appear to represent the same person because: I do believe that my creation of Hatfield-5375 is the same as Hatfield-260, I sadly didn't create all the necessary information but they are the same person
William Anderson Hatfield is my third cousin.
An additional source is the PBS American Experience episode: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/feud/
posted by Dale (Yeary) Davidson
Hatfield-260 and Hatfield-3340 appear to represent the same person because: I believe the orphaned profile Hatfield-3340 was started by someone who did not know Anse's real name.
posted on Hatfield-3340 (merged) by Pam Frashure
Hatfield-3912 and Hatfield-260 appear to represent the same person because: same
posted by Pete Stark
Hatfield is 2nd cousin, 3x removed to George Washington, descendants of Augustine Warner Jr.
posted by Mark Burch
William Anderson Hatfield is my 15th cousin 5x removed, our common ancestor is Alexander Gordon.
posted by Micah McCoy
I have started the bio but it needs more plus I added some sources
posted by Terry Wright
We have now started a Hatfield and McCoy Project if any of the profile members are interested Terry
posted by Terry Wright
Just found out that William Anderson Hatfield is my 19th. cousin.On my Father Dewey Keene's side.
posted by Betty Keene
Hatfield-697 and Hatfield-260 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by Charlotte Shockey
Hatfield-917 and Hatfield-260 appear to represent the same person because: birth dates and several other things match
posted by David Damron

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