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RANLO, NC (AP) — A North Carolina minister has donated letters from his great-grandfather who was convicted of killing a McCoy during the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud.

The Gaston Gazette reports that Charles Reed of Ranlo is donating six or seven letters his great-grandfather wrote in a Kentucky prison between 1902 to 1906. His grandfather had connections to the Hatfield clan and died in prison after being convicted of killing a McCoy.

The warring families became famous for violent clashes along the West Virginia-Kentucky border before the turn of the 20th century.

Reed has donated the letters to the West Virginia Historical Society. The newspaper reports that Reed’s interest was piqued after he heard his great-grandfather’s name mentioned during a Hatfield-McCoy miniseries that aired on the History Chanel in June.

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