||Randall McCoy Sr. was a member of the Hatfield and McCoy family feud 1863-1891.|
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Randolph 'Randall', also called "Old Randall and 'Ole Ran'l" McCoy Sr. was born October 28, 1825 in Pike County, Kentucky, the son of Daniel McCoy and Margaret Taylor. He was the brother of John McCoy, Harriett McCoy, William McCoy III, Asa Harmon H. McCoy, Samuel McCoy, Ressa (McCoy) Farley, MaryEtta McCoy, Nancy McCoy, Thomas Pharmer McCoy, James McCoy, Vicey McCoy and Jane McCoy. The family lived mostly on the Kentucky side of Tug Fork, a tributary of the Big Sandy River.
Randall married his first cousin,Sally McCoy. They had the following 16 children:
Randall served in War Between the States for the Confederates. Details about his service are confusing. It is generally accepted that he served in Virginia's 45th Battalion Infantry at some point.  He was a POW from 1863-1865. McCoy’s CSR states that he was captured in Pike County, Kentucky, on July 8, 1863 and sent to Camp Chase, a Union prison camp in Columbus, Ohio, where he arrived on July 20, 1863. A month later, he was transferred to the large military prison at Camp Douglas in Chicago, Illinois, where he remained a POW for the duration of the Civil War.
Kentucky was a border state, but both families, Hatfields and McCoys were loyal confederates with the exception of Randolph's younger brother, Asa Harmon McCoy, enlisted in the Union Army as "Asa H McCoy" in Co E of the 45th Regiment Kentucky Infantry USA.Asa was killed by a band called the Logan Wildcats lead by Jim Vance , in a Hatfield and McCoy family feud on January 7, 1865 It was widely accepted that this band was led by the Hatfields. Thus began a chain of altercations that would make the names Hatfiled and McCoy synonymous with feud.
The next dispute was a legal one in the late 1870s in which Devil Anse Hatfield and Randolph McCoy's cousin, Perry Cline both held title to a 5,000+ acre tract of land. Hatfield eventually brought a civil suit against Cline. Hatfield won in what was seen by the McCoys as a Hatfield friendly court.
An even bigger event occurred in the fall of 1878, Randolph "Randall" McCoy brought charges against Floyd Hatfield for stealing one of his hogs.  This allegation was a very serious offense at the time. The case was decided in favor of the Hatfields, further inflaming the feud. The primary witness in the affair, related to both sides, was believed killed by the McCoys, although the official verdict was self defense.
Randall's daughter Roseanna became romantically involved with "Johnse" Hatfield, becoming pregnant with his child. Upon learning of the affair, Randolph disowned her and Johnse married her cousin, Nancy McCoy. Roseanna's baby died before her first birthday and heart broken, Roseanna died at the age of 28.
The peak of the feud was a blood bath where three of Randolph's sons killed Ellison Hatfield, brother of Devil Anse, on election day in 1882. Devil Anse retaliated by executing Randall's sons Tolbert, Pharmer, and Randolph Jr.
One of the most horrible events of the feud happened January 1, 1888. Randolph's house was burning to the ground and his family attacked as they tried to escape. His son, Calvin, was killed in the shootout. His daughter, Alifair, was shot to death as she tried to flee the burning house. Sally was badly injured when she attempted to comfort Alifair, suffering several broken ribs and skull fractures. Though Randall and the rest of his family were able to retreat into the woods, they suffered frostbite being unprepared for the freezing weather.
In response to this massacre, Kentucky deputy Frank Phillips and a posse of McCoys chased down Jim Vance and Cap Hatfield, killing Vance. Nine Hatfield family members and supporters were hauled off to jail.
By the end of the feud, Randall had lost his brother, seven of his children and his wife. He moved his family to Pikeville, Kentucky where he operated a ferry, spending the rest of his life in bitter grieving until 1914, when he slipped near a cook fire and suffered injuries.  Randolph passed away in 1914 at the age of 89.
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