The History Channel's website has this to say, "The Hatfield-McCoy saga begins with Devil Anse Hatfield (Costner) and Randall McCoy (Paxton). Close friends and comrades until near the end of the Civil War, they return to their neighboring homes—Hatfield in West Virginia, McCoy just across the Tug River border in Kentucky—to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon explode into all-out warfare between their families. As hostilities grow, friends, neighbors and outside forces join the fight, bringing the two states to the brink of another civil war.
"It's the true American story of a legendary family feud—one that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. Hatfields & McCoys, a three-part miniseries, showcases an all-star cast led by Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. It chronicles a clash of clans that inspired passion, vengeance, courage, sacrifice, crimes and accusations, while forever transforming the two families and the region they lived in."
New evidence, however is threatening to create a brand new feud.
Mary Constance, curator of the West Virginia Cultural Center History Museum has uncovered what she believes is Anse Hatfield's Original Long-Form Birth Certificate -- and it raises more questions than it answers. It appears Anse wasn't the natural born West Virginian he claimed. "It looked odd to me, but I sent it to Washington for verification." Mary explained. "The White House team itself analyzed the document -- just as they did for Barack Obama. If you can't trust them, who can you trust?"
Sure enough, you can make out that while his mother, Nancy Vance was from Western Virginia (or Western Virginie as they wrote back then), his father, Ephriam Hatfield, was from Kentucky. For some reason, according to the document Anse's birth took place in Pikeville, Kentucky.
"Some speculate that Ephriam and his wife were delivering Moonshine across the Kentucky border when Nancy went into labor." says Hatfields and McCoy Historian Stu Lynn Puig. "If true, this would be one of the biggest ironies of our nations history".
Constance says before going public with the findings she and her staff are combing the records looking for collaborating evidence. One such possible photo shows Anse wearing what appears to be Kentucky Colors. "What's really odd about that photo is that it's black and white. So, either it's been faked, or "Devil Anse" really showed his true colors."