All remained quiet for 13 years, and both clans even married among each other. But in 1878, when Ole Ran'l McCoy visited his wife's brother-in-law Floyd Hatfield, he is accused of staling one of Floyd's pigs. They went to court with 6 McCoys and 6 Hatfields on the jury. The testimony of Bill Staton, nephew of Ole Ran'l McCoy and brother-in-law of Ellison Hatfield, made Floyd the victor. Within a few months, Staton was killed by Paris and Sam McCoy. Sam stood trial in a Hatfield court and was acquitted for the sake of peace. Even though, the McCoys were enraged that there was any trial at all and their hatred for the Hatfields grew.
In the meantime, Ole Ran'l's daughter Roseanna McCoy and Devil Anse's son Johnse Hatfield met each other at the 1880 elections (a great social event) and spent considerable time behind the bushes. When they came out hours later, Roseanna realized her brother went home without her and was panic-stricken. Johnse suggested she go home with him to the Hatfield cabin. The McCoys wanted Roseanna to return, but now she was afraid and fled to her Aunt Betty McCoy's home. The male McCoys went after Johnse Hatfield allegedly taking him to the Pikeville jail, but Roseanna borrowed a neighbor's horse and gathered sons and neighbors to cut them off. Johnse ever returned to Roseanna's side. Roseanna, being heavy with child, returned to her father where her ride was considered an unforgivable sin. She got measles and miscarried her child. A few month's later Johnse Hatfield married Roseanna's 16-year-old cousin Nancy McCoy.
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