William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield - Sarah Ann, WV
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N 37° 42.268 W 081° 59.547
17S E 412515 N 4173489
Quick Description: The Hatfield Cemetery in Sarah Ann, WV is the resting place of Hatfield patriarch Devil Anse Hatfield.
Location: West Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 9/5/2012 1:18:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMF7F4
William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield (September 9, 1839 – January 6, 1921) was the patriarch of the Hatfield clan during the infamous Hatfield–McCoy feud which has since formed a part of American folklore. Devil Anse himself survived the feud and agreed to end the feud in 1891.
Hatfield was born in Logan, Virginia (now Logan, West Virginia) and ran a logging operation, which accrued much wealth for his extended family. A southern sympathizer, Hatfield formed a Confederate guerrilla fighting unit during the Civil War that he named "The Logan Wildcats." In 1865, he was suspected of having been involved in the murder of his rival Asa Harmon McCoy, who had fought for the Union Army and was waylaid by "The Logan Wildcats" on his return home. Hatfield had been home ill at the time of the killing, which was likely committed at the instigation of his uncle, Jim Vance. This may have sparked the beginning of the notorious feud between the two families that claimed many lives on both sides.
Hatfield was baptized on September 23, 1911 in Island Creek and converted to Christianity. He went on to found a Church of Christ congregation in West Virginia. Hatfield died on Thursday, January 6, 1921 in Stirrat, Logan County, West Virginia at the age of 81 of pneumonia at his home along Island Creek. He is buried in the Hatfield Family Cemetery along West Virginia Route 44 in southern Logan County. His grave is topped by a life-sized statue of himself made of Italian marble.
Patriarch of the Hatfield family during the Hatfield-McCoy Feud
Date of birth: 9/9/1839
Date of death: 1/6/1921
Area of notoriety: Crime
Marker Type: Statue
Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Daylight to Dusk
Fee required?: No
Web site: [Web Link]
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