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Johnst Hatfield Dies in Mountain Cabin

Johnson Hatfield

“Williamson, West Virginia. April 21. By the Associated Press. Johnst Hatfield, son of the late ‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield, and an active participant in the Hatfield-McCoy feud of years ago, died in his mountain cabin at Wharncliffe, near here, late last night.”

“When the feud was at its height, Johnst, who was known as ‘Devil Anse’s right-hand man’ in the war with on the McCoys, was captured by Kentucky authorities on the West Virginia side of Tug river. The officials, it is said, did not await extradition proceedings but hurried Johnst across the river into Kentucky and tried him for the murder of a member of the McCoy clan, who met death when the Randall McCoy homestead was burned and several members of the family killed. Johnst was convicted and sentenced to a life term, but was released after serving 13 years.1

  1. Johnst Hatfield Died in Mountain Cabin. (1922, April 21). Portsmouth Daily Times, p. 18.