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The Messenger
Feb. 22, 2022
Claude L. Chafin
Digital: Non-fiction: History
The true story of a nine-year-old boy caught in the aftermath of the infamous Hatfield / McCoy feud, just after the turn of the nineteenth century. He became a trusted messenger for the patriarch of the Hatfield clan, William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield.
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Claude L Chafin was born in Williamson, West Virginia, attended schools in West Virginia, Virginia, and Ohio, before graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Industrial Administration. He is married to Octavia Rogers Chafin, the father of five children; grandfather of eight children; and great-grandfather of one child.

In 1962 a national construction company transferred him to Memphis, Tennessee, where he served as regional manager. In 1967 he started his own construction related firm which grew to a thirty million dollar company, employing nearly four hundred people. Claude sold that company in 2000, served a five-year management contract, and retired on December 31, 2004.

Since his retirement Claude has written numerous construction related articles for publication in national construction magazines and periodicals. He has served as a consultant to several construction related firms. In 2012 he was awarded the highest honor presented by the National Fire Sprinkler Association, the Golden Sprinkler Award, and in 2014 was placed on the NFPA’s Honor Roll.

Claude wrote his first book, Always Start With a Clean Kitchen, in 2011. The book is a series of short stories related to Claude’s professional career, beginning with his first paying job when he was six-years-old.
In 2013 he published his first full-length book, The Messenger, the story of his grandfather, nephew of William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, who went to live with Anse Hatfield and Anse’s wife Levicy Chafin Hatfield, at the age of six in order to attend school. Eventually, Anse used Andrew as a personal messenger because his name was Chafin – not Hatfield – allowing him to slip by state and federal officials who were looking for Anse’s two sons, Cap and Johnse, still facing murder charges from the infamous feud.
The book chronicles the exploits of young Andrew, which includes run-ins with bounty hunters, bears, wildcats, and bootleggers, as he carried out his instructed missions. One of the most daring exploits in the book was Andrew’s successful jailbreak of Cap Hatfield, when he was arrested and imprisoned in the Mingo County Jail in Williamson, West Virginia.
In 2017 Claude published his third book, A Matter of Time – The Story of Grace, the true story of his maternal grandmother, who endured unbelievable hardships during the infamous “mine wars” in 1918 through 1925, in southern West Virginia. Grace’s husband, Taylor, was a coal miner, working twelve hour days on his hands and knees in a coal mine bringing out coal for thirty-five cents a ton.
Taylor fought for better pay and working conditions by siding with the UMW (United Mine Workers) against the coal companies. For his efforts, the coal company he worked for had him murdered. Grace then became a thirty-year-old widow raising three children, aged five, three, and one, in a coal camp unheated tent. The book is the true story of the extremes that Grace went through to protect and raise her children.
Dianne Appleseed
The Regency Publishers
phone: 315-556-3079 Ext. 1031
521 5th Ave 17/F New York, NY 10175, New York, NY 10175
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