September 3, 2012

W. Va. State Archives receives Hatfield-McCoy letters

In jail for more than a decade for allegedly killing a member of the McCoy family during the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud, Alexander Messer wanted to know how his daughter was getting along. Messer sent his daughter, Haney Prater, 10 letters in the early years of the 20th century. Those letters — passed down by Prater's descendants — were given to the West Virginia State Archives earlier this summer.

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