Well into their old age Randall McCoy spent the rest of his life in Pikeville Kentucky working as a ferryboat.
Operator haunted by the deaths of his children and relatives he was often seen wandering the streets raving.
About his losses and his hate for the Hatfields Oh Randall never stopped trying to convince the authorities that more should be done against the Hatfields and he but he never moved back to.
The tech Valley region he stayed in Pikeville and through the offices of Perry Cline he got various.
Jobs he ran the ferry that went across the river after being severely burned in an accidental fire Randolph Randall McCoy died March 28 1914 at the age of 79.
And was put to rest with a small private ceremony he was actually buried in the cemetery that’s known as.
The Dill’s cemetery that is John dill Sue.
Was one of the leaders in Pikeville and who was actually one of Perry Cline’s supporters when he was also very wealthy.
So he was supporting a lot of what went on and he was so he had Randall McCoy who was virtually destitute by the end of his life buried in that cemetery devil Anse Hatfield.
In public life even going on speaking tours and posing for formal press portraits he continued to prosper even later in life devil Anse however it was a very different story he lived to a very old age and in in this very big house he.
Built on Main Island Creek with his family and he had a fort to watch out for people Oh Mike I’m.
After but he was very peaceful on January 6 1921 captain William Anderson Hatfield died at the age of 81 with more than 5,000 people at his funeral devlins was buried in a family.
Cemetery in Island Creek Logan County West Virginia he lived a pretty peaceful life and night of old age when he died in 1921 they had a huge funeral his family commissioned a marble statue Italian marble statue it’s imported from Italy to put in this graveyard which is an incredible place when I first went there practically all of the stones are very primitive small stones with handwritten itching on the tombstones about what the name.
And date and his is there this huge.
Grand marble statue life-sized statue so it’s a it’s very interesting and there’s pictures of him the dedication of the.
Statute Morial service so to.
The end he was you know venerated by his family and treated with great respect and Randall McCoy died pretty much in poverty and there is a tremendous difference and that rivalry I think is very important I think the feud is a sad part of our history but I think it is a part of our history that we need to understand I think also though it is merely a dispute between a few.
Individuals no I like to look at the people involved in this story as part of our fabric of what it means to be an American and who we are I mean these people came here.
Looking for an opportunity they struggled and fought for their opportunity they they seized it you know that they pulled themselves.
Up by their bootstraps it wasn’t always pretty you know there was conflict but but for me there’s sort of American archetypes you know they’re the people who enlist in the army so the people who do our work they’ve also become leaders you know they’ve become political leaders labor leaders so I think they’re there they they speak to to who we are.
As Americans they’re there they’re good tough people they’re moral people and at that time in that day they were in a place where there was a lack of infrastructure and.