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Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield

Updated on May 5, 2015
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Eclectic is a good word for the many interests of retired librarian, Virginia Allain. Crafts, gardening, genealogy, travel, and more...

What Happened to Roseanna and Johnse?

The Hatfield & McCoy mini-series stirred up many questions. Viewers of Kevin Costner's three-part History Channel dramatization wondered what happened to the people involved in the ill-fated romance of Rosanna and Johnse.

Beyond a love-triangle, the on-again, off-again romances of Roseanna McCoy, Johnse Hatfield, Nancy McCoy (Rosanna's cousin) and Bad Frank Phillips left viewers wondering. How did their lives play out?

Since I'm interested in history and genealogy, I applied my librarian skills to researching the questions. Here's what I found out about the lives of these participants in the Hatfield-McCoy feud.

Photo of Lindsay Pulsipher in the role of Roseanna McCoy - courtesy of The History Channel.

Roseanna McCoy

FAQs about Roseanna McCoy

  1. Is it Roseanna or Rosanna? On her gravestone, it is spelled Roseanna with the "e." The History Channel uses that spelling also, so I'm going with that as the correct spelling.
  2. Who played Roseanna in the Hatfield and McCoy mini-series? Lindsay Pulsipher - listen to her interview just below where she talks about the part she played in the blockbuster.
  3. Who did Roseanna live with after her family turned her out? At first she lived with Devil Anse Hatfield's family, but moved in with her aunt, Betty McCoy when she could no longer stay with the Hatfields.
  4. Where is Roseanna buried? You can see her gravestone, a photo and directions to the cemetery on Find-a-Grave. Roseanna McCoy's grave

Get an In-Depth Look at the Feud

Hatfields & Mccoys: An American Feud   [DVD]
Hatfields & Mccoys: An American Feud   [DVD]

The mini-series was great but there are more details to learn about the feud.


Highlights from the Hatfield and McCoy Mini-Series - that was on the History Channel

Videos 1 & 2 = Theatrical Trailer for the mini-series on the History Channel

Video 3 = Video slide show of vintage photos

Video 4 = Timeline for the feud

This Was a Really Sad Scene from the Series

The Trailer for the Mini-Series

More to Come...

I'm still researching some questions and will add those to the FAQs as soon as I can.

Youtube - Timeline for the Feud

Johnse (Johnson) Hatfield

Frequently Asked Questions about Johnse Hatfield

  1. Who played the role of Johnse Hatfield in the mini-series? Matt Barr had that part. You can read more about Matt Barr's life.
  2. What happened later in Johnse Hatfield's life? The mini-series leaves the audience with questions about what Johnse's later life was like. He went to prison for 13 years for his part in the New Year's Eve attack on the Randolph McCoy house where two of McCoy's children died.

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Nancy McCoy Hatfield Phillips

FAQs about Nancy McCoy

  1. Who played the role of Nancy McCoy in the Hatfields and McCoys mini-series? Jena Malone had the part of Nancy McCoy. Read the Esquire interview with Jena Malone.
  2. When did Nancy McCoy Hatfield marry Frank Phillips? According to information on, Nancy L. McCoy married Johnse Hatfield May 14, 1881. They had 2 children. She was 24 years old. When she was 39, she married Frank Phillips in 1895. He died three years later.

Frank Phillips

FAQs about Frank Phillips

  1. How did Frank Phillips die? He died of a gunshot wound and was buried in the Phillips Cemetery, Peter Creek, Pike County, Kentucky.
  2. Who was the real life Frank Phillips? His name wasn't changed for the mini-series. Frank Phillips was a real person.

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Did You Have Any Questions about the Hatfields and McCoys? - or anything to share about the feud or the mini-series

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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      8 weeks ago

      Yes, it seemed the authorities wasn't going to tolerate feuding any longer.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      8 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Robert Sacchi - eight of the Hatfields and their supporters were sentenced to life in prison in 1889, so that must have taken the heart out of the feud.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      8 weeks ago

      Did the families come to some kind of an understanding in 1891 or did the feuding just stop?

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Good question. I'll double check on this, but I believe Roseanna had measles during the pregnancy. The baby was affected and Roseanna was poorly after the birth too.

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      6 years ago

      What did her baby and Roseanna McCoy die of?

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @Scarlettohairy: Check back, as I'm considering some more topics. The mini-series is quite gripping and it has led me to explore the topic further.

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I haven't seen the miniseries yet but look forward to watching it. I like how you're digging deeper into the lives. I wonder if people named Hatfield and McCoy ever get harassed or questioned about their names.


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