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Ellison Mounts Hatfield08/1843 -- 9 AUG 1882avatar
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Ellison "Cotton Top" Mounts

Death18 FEB 1890
Aged: 25.6 years
Illegitimate son of Ellison Hatfield and Harriet Hatfield, 1st cousins. Took the name Mounts when Harriet married Daniel Mounts in 1867. Described as dimwitted and possibly an albino, Cotton Top was a participant in the New Year massacre that occurred in 1888 when a group of Hatfields and their supporters attempted to murder Randolph McCoy. During the gun battle Randolph escaped, but his daughter Alifair and son Calvin were killed, and his wife Sarah severely beaten. Cotton top was charged with murder and confessed, but after being convicted and sentenced to hang he tried to change his plea, stating he had only done so in expectation of leniency. During the trial testimony was given by one of the McCoy victims that Cap Hatfield was the actual murderer. There were also rumors that Cotton Top had been pressured and bribed to confess with the promise he would be rescued.

On 2/18/1890, he was hung in Kentucky's last public execution and buried in an unmarked grave in the Pikeville Cemetery within sight of the gallows. His last words were reportedly "They made me do it. The Hatfields made me do it".

On 12/25/1882, Cotton Top married Rebecca Justice, daughter of Jaob Justice and Elizabeth Ferrell - no record of any children.
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no name   •  31-May-12 12:55 PM
Ellison "Cotton Top" Mounts was the only member of the Hatfield/McCoy feud to be legally excuted for his part. It is largely thought that he was a scapegoat for the the murder of Allifair McCoy in 1888. His hanging was one of the last episodes in the Hatfield and McCoy feud.

Added1-17-2011 09:55 AM
Updated4-3-2013 12:46 PM
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