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Local Woman Has Ties To Old Feud

As the “Hatfields & McCoys” three-part, six-hour History Channel miniseries starts to roll tonight, Hayden Lake resident Carolyn Brooks Wood will be watching closely. Wood, 62, considers herself a member of the McCoy family. She said she's a descendant of Sarah “Sally” McCoy, wife of Randolph “Randall” McCoy, the family's patriarch during the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud in the West Virginia-Kentucky backcountry in the 1880s after the Civil War. Wood says Sally McCoy is a great aunt. Sally McCoy's brother, Uriah McCoy, is her great-great-great grandfather, Wood said. The miniseries stars Kevin Costner as Devil Anse Hatfield, the patriarch of the Hatfield family, and Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy. Costner is also a producer. The History Channel has been heavily promoting it/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you have any infamous characters in your family tree?

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