Breathitt County Feuds

1865-1912

On these pages we will present various old stories and articles, with some photos, to depict the highlights of the feud period in Breathitt County's history.

(We are always adding new stories as we have time)


Breathitt County Feuds - An Overview - A long article - from 1903

Kinship In Breathitt County - May, 1903

The Feud In Breathitt County - A paper written in early 1900s by a local person.


Strong-Little-Burnett Fued of 1878 -- various articles - (updated July 20, 2001)

Death Notice of Jerry Little - posted August 27, 1998


Captain Bill Strong Articles

1. The Death of Captain Bill Strong

2. "Breathitt's Bad Bill" A rare newspaper interview with Captain Bill Strong. Chapter excerpt taken from my new book on Captain Bill Strong (listed as No. 3 below) - Posted July 16, 2001

3. See my new book (published in 2001) on Captain Bill Strong


Marcum-Cox-Cockrell- Hargis Affair - 1903 -- The most famous of Kentucky's feuds in the era in which they took place.

1. The Assassination of J.B. Marcum

2. How James Cockrell Met His Death

3. Jett's Trial Next Monday - posted 7/18/98

4. Jett's Trial In Progress - posted 7/18/98

5. Jett Must Hang - posted 7/18/98

6. Curt Jett - After Prison

7. Paroles Given Curt Jett and Henry Youtsey - December 20, 1918

8. Curt Jett - small insert - posted 7/18/98

9. Mrs. Marcum And Turner Wed - posted 7/18/98

10. Death of Dr. Cox - as told by John Smith, one of his confessed murders - 1907

11. Death Of Ed Callahan - May, 1912 - posted 8/21/98

12. Death of Judge James Hargis - Feb. 1908 - updated 9/27/98

13. They Burned Ewen's Hotel - 1903 - updated with photo June 2, 1999


Old-Time Photos, Drawings & Headlines Concerning The Marcum Affair

1. Judge James Hargis - 1903

2. James B. Marcum - 1903

3. Marcum's Home - 1903

4. Why News From Breathitt Is Scarce - Cartoon from 1903

5. Probably The Cause Of Yesterday's Attack - Cartoon from 1903

6. Shot Down - Headlines from May 4, 1903

7. Tom White - A sketch from 1903

8. Judge James Hargis - Another sketch from 1903

9. Curtis Jett - A photo - 1903

10. J. B. Marcum - A photo - 1903

11. Cox, Marcum, and Cockrell - Victims of the feudal guns

12. Curt Jett With Soldiers - A photo - 1903

13. Beech Hargis - Killed His Father - 1908 - posted 9/3/98