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Anne Black Gray grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She graduated with a degree in physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, then went on to spend thirty-five years as an engineer and manager in the aerospace industry in Los Angeles. She has now added a writing career to her engineering experience.
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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985264004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985264000
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was a child, my mother and her sisters often spoke fondly of their Uncle Cap. One Easter, when they were children, he gave my aunts baby ducks and my mother a baby rabbit, by far the nicer gift in her estimation. Mother told me Cap was "your Granddaddy's friend." Since Granddaddy was a reserved, well spoken man, a West Virginia mayor, state senator, and judge of the circuit court at one time or another, I pictured my mother's uncle as a man with similar traits and disposition. Cap died six years before I was born, denying me any opportunity to now him personally.

Years later, as an adult, I learned that "Uncle Cap" was Cap Hatfield, notorious killer and right hand man to his father Devil Anse Hatfield, during the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feuds. It seemed impossible that Uncle Cap and Cap the killer could be one and the same. "The Devi's Son" is the result of my efforts, long after my mother's and aunts' deaths, to discover how Cap made the great transition he seemed to have mad and, concomitantly, how the Hatfield and McCoy feud ended.

After reading histories, memoirs, two master's degree theses, and numerous old newspaper articles, I began to put a story together, a story that was never totally clear because information was sparse about many of Cap's adventures, sources conflicted concerning names of sparring parties and dates of events, and very little was written about motives and interpersonal relationships. In fact, some tales and films portrayed the Hatfields and McCoys as cartoonish, irrational figures. To put together a coherent story, I had to re-create motives and conversations and provide scenes of life inside the Hatfield family. When data were sparse or conflicting, I chose words and actions that fit the flow of lives and the changes in them. that is, I have written a novel, not a history. The characters, events, and settings in southern West Virginia and northern Kentucky in the 1880s are actual, but conversations and details of some events are fictional.

I have traced the flow of Cap's life as though mapping the course of a river I have never seen and never can see. There are good, detailed maps of some portions of the river and stretches where no information at all is available or where sources conflict Because a river is prevented from excursions that defy physical laws, such as gravity, one can draw a reasonable likeness of its course between known points. I had mapped some of Cap's life in just such a way, making informed guesses about its flow between known events.

I grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. I graduated with a degree in physics from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, then went on to spend thirty-five years as an engineer and manager in the aerospace industry in Los Angeles.
I have now added a writing career to my engineering experience. I am married, live in Los Angels, and have two grown daughters and two baby grandsons.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Moore on May 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Let me preface this review by saying, I'm a Hatfield fan. I read every book about the family I come across. I've visited the (now closed)tiny Hatfield family owned museum in the town of Sarah Ann, spent time on the mountain top at Devil Anse's grave, and explored the town of Matewan. Devil Anse, in my opinion was an intelligent, sometime humorous, gentleman with a strong sense of right and wrong. He took care to safeguard his immediate and extended family, especially his wife Levicey.

Few American families can boast more descendant who became lawyers, physician, teachers, law enforcement officers, store owners, and politicians than Devil Ance and Levicey Hatfield. They have been misrepresented in the media.

As a result of diligent research, as well as knowledge of Hatfield family lore, author Anne Black Gray,a former resident of Parkersburg,West Virginia, produced a trustworthy easy to read work. Its focus is the era and the people who lived in it.

This insightful work reveals the folkways of the mountain families and the communities in the era after the Civil War. It was a time of rapid change. Never to my knowledge has an author shown the effects of the feud on the children of the feudist or described the everyday life in the era in such detail.

The Devil's son in the novel is William Anderson "Cap" Hatfield, the 2nd son in the Hatfield family. Less handsome and less willfull than his brother Johnse, Cap is shown as caught between the life he wants to lead and his loyality to his kin.

It may sound flip to call this a "real deal" novel. But it is. It has humor and truth all rolled into one.

Historians, folklorist, and everyday readers will find this novel an educational and engaging addition to feud literature.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Kinchen on May 8, 2012
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William Anderson Hatfield II -- known to everybody as "Cap" -- considered himself to be the "captain of tomorrow" Anne Black Gray writes in a novel about the Hatfield-McCoy feud, "The Devil's Son: Cap Hatfield and the End of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud." Cap considered his father, Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, the undisputed patriarch of the Hatfield clan, to be the "captain of yesterday."

Cap, born 1864, died 1930, succeeded in ending the feud between the West Virginia Hatfields and the Kentucky McCoys, but it wasn't easy standing up to the fierce "Devil Anse"-- as the author so graphically and eloquently writes.

"Devil Anse", born 1839, died at the age of 83 in 1921 and a Confederate Civil War veteran, belittled education, while Cap, who was taught to read and write by his wife Nancy, realized that the native cunning of his dad wasn't sufficient to succeed in the industrial post-Civil War era.

Cap wants education so much, Gray writes, that at age 24 he travels to Knoxville, Tenn. to enroll under the assumed name of William Anderson (he didn't want the notoriety of the feud affecting his life in a strange state) in the University of Tennessee law school. He spent less than a year there before he came back in 1889 to end the feud and put the Hatfield family on the road to prosperity as railroad and mining interests come to West Virginia.

The feud wasn't about the ownership of a straying sow and her piglets and it certainly wasn't the "Hillbilly Romeo and Juliet" scenario between Cap's brother Johnson (Johnse) Hatfield and Roseanne McCoy, the author demonstrates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By peter richardson on October 1, 2012
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Having watched and enjoyed History Channel Movie presentation of The Hatfields and the Mc Coys with Kevin Costner and Bill Patton and the winning of Emmy speeches by Costner and Tom Berenger,Uncle Jim. I knew I had to further my education by reading on The Hatfields and the McCoys and would have to choose a book from the many available on the feud that decimated family members over a long period of time in the 1800s. I chose a historical novel and my choice means I have a difficult time in stopping for a breather while reading Anne Black Gray The Devil's Son.I purchased both disc and book from you and the products will grace my collection of such. I had a vague knowledge of these clans but it would have remained that way until I decided to have a better understanding of the History ,why and wherefor,and it is so interesting and in both ,book and movie,the research has been amazing and the characters so real. Thank you---------Peter R.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on August 17, 2012
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What a gripping tale! Anne Gray transported me right into the southern West Virginia and northern Kentucky land of the Hatfields and McCoys of the late nineteenth century. I experienced loss of life and property, as well as taking of lives, right along with Cap Hatfield, his parents, brothers and sisters, wife and children. The Hatfields were not unthinking, unfeeling monsters - they sometimes had regrets and made profound changes in their ways, although I did not always agree with what they viewed as triumphs. I was surprised to learn that the feud had two phases, one with two families feuding across the Tug River (the state boundary) and the other a grab for land along the path of a railroad built alongside the Tug to bring out coal and timber from West Virginia. In the second phase, businessmen armed the McCoys and bounty hunters to raid West Virginia and bring out Hatfields dead or alive. We almost had a second War between the States. The Supreme Court refused to step in, saying that crimes were being perpetrated against individuals in West Virginia and that the state must prosecute them. This book is meticulously researched with respect to names, facts and dates and with respect to living quarters, law enforcement, travel in the mountains, and the ways of life in the small towns and isolated countryside. Nice to see someone being careful with the facts!
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