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New historical marker denotes graves of two in Hatfield-McCoy feud

Kevin Costner starred in the History Channel miniseries about the Hatfield and McCoy feud. The miniseries refueled the popularity of the feud.
Renewed interest in the feud has sparked tourism in Pike County

Renewed interest in the feud has sparked tourism in Pike County

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2014) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will unveil a new historical marker Friday, Aug. 29, at a cemetery with ties to the Hatfield-McCoy feud. The marker tells about Nancy McCoy Phillips and her husband, Frank Phillips. The 4 p.m. unveiling will be in Phillips Cemetery, 899 Phillips Branch Road, Phelps, Ky., in Pike County.

Kevin Costner starred in the History Channel miniseries about the Hatfield and McCoy feud. The miniseries refueled the popularity of the feud.
Kevin Costner starred in the History Channel miniseries about the Hatfield and McCoy feud. The miniseries refueled the popularity of the feud.

One side of the marker notes that Frank Phillips was instrumental in the capture of the Hatfield family and others involved in the 1882 shooting death of three McCoy brothers. In 1888, Gov. Simon Bolivar Buckner sent Phillips as a special envoy to West Virginia to arrest them.

Information on Nancy McCoy Phillips is on the opposite side. She was the youngest daughter of Asa Harmon McCoy, the first man killed in the Hatfield-McCoy feud. When she was 15, Nancy married Johnson “Johnse” Hatfield, son of Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield. She later married Phillips.

The Pike County Tourism, Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsors the marker.

More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers. KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.