My Final Ancestor Page
On My Mother's Side


These were the main characters in
The Hatfield/McCoy Feud.
Randolph "Ranel" McCoy and Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield. 
You will find the story of the feud on Charles Goble McCoy's page.
Randolph McCoy was the leader of the McCoy family in this historical feud and he was a first cousin twice removed to Charles Goble McCoy; a first cousin three times removed to Mary E. McCoy Helfrich; and a first cousin four times removed to Chuck Helfrich.  Samuel McCoy had 18 children and one of them was Sarah (Sally) McCoy born in 1829.  She married Randolph "Randel" McCoy. 
Another one of Samuel's sons was Asa McCoy, born in 1810 & he was Charles Goble McCoy's granddad.




This is a picture I have of Randolph R. McCoy. It looks like the same guy to me. Sarah "Sally", wife of Randolph, is his 2nd cousin Sarah "Sally McCoy daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Davis McCoy.
Hope this helps,

Also from Peggy:

"The McCoys: Their Story As Told To The Author By Eye Witnesses and Descendants"
By Trudy McCoy

Randolph "Randall" McCoy,born 30 October 1825 in Pike Co.,KY, married his cousin, Sarah "Sally" McCoy (born in 1829),daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth McCoy, on 9 December 1849 (they were married) in Pike Co.,KY. Kendall and Sally lived in Logan Co., WV for a short time before moving to Pike Co.,KY. where they remained the rest of their lives. Randolph died on 28 March,1914 after having been badly burned in January 1914. He is buried in the Dils Cemetery at Pikeville,KY and Sally is buried there also.

The Hatfields and The McCoys by Otis K. Rice
US Supreme Court Case of Mahon v Justice,jailer,etc...dated 14 May, 1888
On the VA side of the tug, Randolph, his brother Harmon, and eleven siblings grew up.
In 1878, when the feud began, Randolph was 52 years old, living on Blackberry Fork of Pond Creek in Pike Co. William McCoy, Randolph's grandfather, had arrived in Tug Valley during the first decade of the 19th century (1800's), bringing ten sons and two daughters. Four sons continued the migration westward, but the other eight children remained in the region. The six sons remaining settled on both Ky and WVA sides of the Tug River, just to the North and South of present day Matewan. Because they settled slightly earlier than the Hatfields the McCoys obtained larger and more valuable grants of land right on the Tug. The biggest grant totally 1500 acres went to the eldest McCoy brother, Samuel, father of Sally McCoy, Randolph's first cousin and future wife. Of all the McCoys, Samuel acquired the most land, but the others were far from poor. By 1860, John, Randolph, Samuel, Joseph, and Daniel, all  the brothers except Richard, (called Dick) owned acreage well above the average and were worth about $1000 each.


Uriah and Nancy (Nannie) Gibboney Barnett McCoy
This picture was found in Chuck's mother's photo albums and on the back, it said
"This is your grandma and grandpa McCoy, so we are assuming that meant 
Mary Elizabeth McCoy Helfrich's dad's parents.
Uriah and Nannie were married August 24, 1866 in Tazewell County, VA.
Per Luella Barnett Turner, she said that Boyd McCoy told her that Uriah met Nannie at a spring and took her back to KY.  Also, per Boyd, Josephine Barnett Lockhart, who was Nannie Barnett's sister, said that Uriah walked (but it is an hour an a half drive in a car) to get Charles and Chloe and brought them to Tazewell.  They lived on Tazewell Avenue, but at that time it was Carline.  Nannie and Josephine's sister lived in Huntington, WV.
Uriah McCoy was born July 23, 1847 - in Mingo County, WV and died May 17, 1900
Nancy (Nannie) Gibboney Barnett was born 1848 in Wytheville, VA, but we have no death nor burial information.
They had seven children - Chloe, Romoleo S., Charles Goble, Donnie, Bob, Jane, and Manda.




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Uriah McCoy 
July 23, 1847 to May 17, 1900
Chuck's great-granddad
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Professor Uriah McCoy 
July 23, 1847 to May 17, 1900
Charles Goble McCoy's Dad, 
Mary McCoy Helfrich's Granddad and 
Chuck Helfrich's great-granddad

Uriah McCoy was a music professor.  We do not know where he taught, so would love to find that information.  We have his burial information on the McCoy cemetery page.  Other than that, we have no further information on him. If any other McCoy researchers have further info, please contact us at

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1860 Census
Asa and Eleanor Burris McCoy 
Logan County, VA 


Selkirk McCoy was a grand-uncle of Mary Elizabeth McCoy Helfrich.  He was a brother of Uriah McCoy, who was Mary's grandfather.
Selkirk was Chuck's great grand-uncle.

Sketch courtesy of Jack Hooker