Marker #2145 marks Randolph and Sarah McCoy’s home in Pikeville, where they moved after their Blackberry Creek home was burned in 1888 (covered on marker #2062). Perry Cline, a Pikeville lawyer and distant relative of the McCoys who had a past grievance with William “Devil Anse” Hatfield regarding family land, petitioned Kentucky’s governor to intervene in the feud. Cline also helped Randolph McCoy secure a ferry boat commission. McCoy operated a ferry in Pikeville and earned a relatively comfortable living for his remaining years.
Randolph continued to nurse his grudge against the Hatfields, but this took the form of aggrieved talk instead of violence. He never again returned to the house on Blackberry Creek, but his trials and suffering there remained grist for the mill of the stories he unfolded about his grievances against the Hatfields. Sarah passed away in 1890 around the age of sixty. Randolph outlived his wife, died at the age of eighty-eight and was buried at Dils Cemetery with little fanfare.
Historical Marker #2145 was dedicated on June 10, 2004 through the efforts of Pikeville-Pike County Tourism.
The marker reads:
After Hatfields burned the McCoy home, January 1, 1888, Randolph and Sarah McCoy never returned to Blackberry Creek. Governors of Ky. and West Va. urged Hatfields and McCoys to move away from each other. McCoys purchased house near river bank on East Main St., and Randolph operated a ferry across the Big Sandy River.