McCoy Cemetery

Historical Marker #2067 marks the McCoy Cemetery where three of Randolph McCoy’s sons—Tolbert, Pharmer, and Randolph, Jr. are buried. All three brothers, as well as Alifair and Calvin McCoy were killed by Hatfields in various incidents.

Tolbert, twenty-eight, Pharmer, nineteen, and Randolph, Jr., eighteen, were involved in the 1882 election day incident that left Ellison Hatfield dead and ended with the notorious pawpaw tree affair (covered in marker #2047). Their mother, Sarah, “Old Sally” McCoy, was among those who visited William “Devil Anse” Hatfield to beg him for mercy for their kin as his brother Ellison teetered between life and death.

Thirty-year-old Alifair was killed during the New Year’s Eve raid in 1888, a murder for which Ellison Mounts eventually faced the gallows, despite persistent rumors that William Anderson “Cap” Hatfield actually pulled the trigger. Calvin, twenty-six, was also killed during the New Year’s Eve raid (covered by marker #2062).

Historical Marker #2067 was dedicated on June 10, 2001 through the efforts of Pikeville-Pike County Tourism. 

The marker reads:

McCoy Cemetery
Among the graves in the McCoy Cemetery are those of Randolph McCoy's three sons -Tolbert, Pharmer, and Randolph Jr.-all killed by the Hatfields. Also buried here are Alifair and Calvin McCoy, who were killed by the Hatfields when cabin was burned. Cemetery is part of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud Historic District. Presented by Pikeville-Pike County Tourism.