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Stringtown in Pike County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Baby’s Grave Site

 
 
Baby’s Grave Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
1. Baby’s Grave Site Marker
Inscription.  Sarah Elizabeth, “Little Sally,” was the daughter of Roseanna McCoy and Johnse Hatfield. She was born in the spring of 1881 and died when she was only eight months old. In 1880, Roseanna met Johnse at an Election Day celebration on Blackberry Creek, in Pike County Kentucky. They slipped away from the crowd and when they returned the polling place was deserted. Fearful of her family’s reaction Roseanna went home with Johnse to West Virginia. Devil Anse would not allow his son to wed the daughter of Randolph McCoy. Roseanna loved Johnse and stayed with him in Devil Anse’s home but became discouraged because he was unfaithful. Disillusioned, she returned home to Kentucky to have Johnse’s baby. Her father rejected her and Roseanna went to live with her Aunt Betty at Stringtown, Kentucky. Sarah Elizabeth is buried on the hilltop under the pine trees above the Uriah McCoy house. Broken-hearted after the baby’s death, Roseanna grieved at the grave and lost her will to live.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition,
Baby’s Grave Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
2. Baby’s Grave Site Marker
it is included in the The Hatfield-McCoy Feud series list.
 
Location. 37° 37.796′ N, 82° 13.242′ W. Marker is in Stringtown, Kentucky, in Pike County. Marker is at the intersection of Lower Stringtown Road and Kentucky Route 292, on the right when traveling west on Lower Stringtown Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33 Lower Stringtown Rd, Belfry KY 41514, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sally McCoy / Grave of Sally McCoy (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Baby’s Grave Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Randolph McCoy House (approx. 1.9 miles away); McCoy Well (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Real McCoy Homestead Uncovered (approx. 1.9 miles away); Randal McCoy's Well (approx. 1.9 miles away); Matewan Massacre (approx. 2.9 miles away in West Virginia); Matewan Area History (approx. 2.9 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stringtown.
 
More about this marker. This marker is at a four car parking area at the bottom of the stairway to the gravesite. A second identical marker is located at the top of the steps at the grave site.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A photograph of Roseanna McCoy’s grave site is at this link.
 
Stairway to Baby’s Grave Site image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 20, 2019
3. Stairway to Baby’s Grave Site
This marker is at the bottom of this 122-step stairway at the parking area. Across the street from the parking area, visible in this photograph, is the Uriah McCoy house—today a private residence—where Roseanna lived with her Aunt Betty.
Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy image. Click for full size.
4. Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 62 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 4, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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