The Duttons of Yellowstone have been ranchers for generations, the latest patriarch being John Dutton III played by Kevin Costner. But what of his children? What does the future of Yellowstone look like? Well, they’re an interesting bunch to say the least, and have plenty of backstory to dig into. Let’s take a look at the entire Dutton family tree in 1883, 1923, and Yellowstone.
The founder of Dutton Ranch, along with his wife, James Dutton himself (played by Tim McGraw). After the Civil War, James takes to the Westward Expansion, laying the groundwork for the Dutton Ranch that would later be featured in its sequel series 1923 and Yellowstone. Though his family manages to establish a foothold in Montana, it isn’t without tragedy, such as the death of his daughter.
The other founder of Dutton Ranch, wife and mother of James Dutton’s children, Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill). Poise and courage come naturally to her, and is no doubt the same kind of attitude her descendants would seemingly inherit. More importantly, she exudes a need to protect her growing family.
The eldest brother of James Dutton, Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford) steps up to the plate to protect his family’s legacy and raise James’ children, John Sr. and Spencer. Since neither of James’ children are ready, nor prepared to take over Dutton Yellowstone Ranch, Jacob becomes head of the establishment, alongside his nephews and wife, Cara.
Cara Dutton (Helen Mirren) runs the Dutton Ranch alongside her husband, Jacob Dutton, in her late brother-in-law’s stead, and hails from Ireland. Additionally, her and Jacob Dutton act as adoptive parents towards James’ children, John and Spencer.
Like many people in those days, Claire Dutton was a widow, and among the strongest Duttons to live. Jaded and scornful, indeed, but you’d be too had you lost six children. Though she originally protested the journey to the west with her family, she followed suit with her only living child, Mary Abel.
The last of Claire nee Dutton’s children, Mary Abel (Emma Malouff), was among the Dutton family on their journey west. Unfortunately, like her siblings before her, she too would lose her life, but at the hands of a roaming gang.
Elsa Dutton (Isabel May) was yet another headstrong woman of the Dutton family. In the first 18 years of her life, she becomes a horseback rider and rancher in her own right and instrumental to the Dutton family settling in Montana. Unfortunately, it comes at the cost of her life, as if the Dutton family hadn’t endured enough tragedy.
An official, unofficial member of the Dutton family, Sam (Martin Sensmeier) is a Comanche warrior. His induction into the Dutton family is short-lived, due to the death of his wife, Elsa Dutton, and his reluctance to leave his homeland. Those two lovers were set to live happily ever after, but it would not come to fruition.
John Dutton Sr. (John I)
One of two surviving sons of James and Margaret Dutton, John Dutton I (James Badge Dale) is a direct ancestor to John Dutton III (played by Kevin Costner). Though he was a youngster when his family settled in Montana, he’s taken under the wing of his Uncle Jacob Dutton, taught the ways of ranching, and eventually goes on to inherit Yellowstone.
Emma Dutton (Marley Shelton) runs the Dutton Yellowstone Ranch alongside her husband, John Dutton Sr. Together they have Jack and John Dutton II, the latter being the father of John III. As a rancher in her own right, she holds down the fort when her husband leaves to tend the cattle.
Spencer Dutton (Brandon Sklenar) has a story not unlike his great-nephew Kayce Dutton. He too was a war veteran, but of World War I, and is haunted by the experience. Additionally, Spencer lacks any kind of presence at the Dutton Ranch, much like Kayce originally did, and spends his time hunting in Africa. His older brother is John Dutton Sr.
The eldest son of John Sr. and Emma Dutton, Jack Dutton (Darren Mann) runs Yellowstone Ranch with his Uncle Jacob Dutton. Jack has spent years under the tutelage of Jacob, becoming a skillful and capable rancher deserving of his birthright.
John Dutton Jr. (John II)
The John Dutton Jr. (Dabney Coleman) isn’t seen much in Yellowstone except in flashbacks. By the time the series starts, he’s been dead for quite some time due to cancer. In his heyday, he too was a rancher befitting of the Dutton name, though eventually he’d retire and leave Yellowstone to his son, John Dutton III.
John Dutton III
The patriarch of Yellowstone Ranch, John Dutton III (Kevin Costner) and, more importantly, one of the most dangerous men to own the ranch thus far. Owning the largest ranch in the USA has its perks, like wealth and power, but enemies as well. Because of that, John has no qualms over bending the law and enforcing his moral code to keep his ranch, family, and the land safe.
Like John Dutton II, her father-in-law, Evelyn Dutton (Gretchen Mol) is long dead by the time the series begins due to a horseback riding accident. It’s a devastating blow to her husband, John III, and her surviving children, but more importantly, her death has contributed to much of the trauma her family feels throughout the show.
Yellowstone wouldn’t be Yellowstone without the death of Lee Dutton — played by Dave Annable — which is what kicks off Season 1 of the show. It’s his death that causes friction for the rest of the family, considering Lee Dutton was the eldest son of John Jr. and Evelyn Dutton and was in line to inherit the family ranch. Without Lee, a new heir has to be chosen, and that’s rife with drama!
The only daughter of John and Evelyn Dutton, Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) is a shrewd businesswoman, and a fiercely loyal member of the Dutton family. Though she seemingly has no interest in the ranch itself, if anyone’s going to ensure her family’s interests come out on top, it’s Beth and her business acumen. While the love for her family is deep, there’s one person she’s almost always at odds with: her brother Jamie.
Jon and Evelyn Dutton’s son, James Dutton (Wes Bentley), the Harvard Law graduate. There’s a lot of controversy that surrounds the Duttons and Jamie, given that Jamie actively works to undermine his family and push against their interests, only to sometimes help them out. All of this flip-flopping reveals one undeniable truth: Jamie is a deeply conflicted individual and, at times, will take his frustration out on others, especially if Beth is involved.
The youngest son of John and Evelyn Dutton and former Navy SEAL, Kayce Dutton (Luke Grimes) is a bit of a short fuse compared to other members of his family. Unlikely his sister, Beth, Kayce and his father aren’t on the best of terms—”estranged” would be putting it lightly. However, after Kayce’s return to the family business, their relationship does show signs of improving, thanks to their love of ranching and the presence of Tate Dutton, Kayce’s teenage son.
Hailing from the Broken Rock Reservation, Monica Dutton (Kelsey Asbille) is often at odds with the Duttons, despite being married to Kayce Dutton. After all, the Duttons currently own ancestral land, so tempers flair occasionally. However, that doesn’t stop her from being a loyal member of the family, especially if it means protecting her son, Tate.
The youngest of the Dutton kids not by John and Evelyn, but through Kayce and his wife Monica Dutton, making him John and Evelyn’s grandchild. Though Tate (Brecken Merrill) is still a child, he shows a considerable talent for ranching, so much so that his grandfather, John, views Tate as the future of the family business. It’s through that lens that John and Tate find an opportunity to grow close to one another.
There you have it: all of Yellowstone’s Dutton kids in the entire Dutton family tree. For more related content, find out here our recap of Yellowstone Season 5, Episode 5. If you’d like to learn more about the cast, learn here who portrays Carter on Yellowstone.
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What is the order of the Dutton siblings? ›
- James Dutton (Patriarch)
- Margaret Dutton (Matriarch)
- Elsa Dutton (James' daughter) †
- John Dutton Sr. ( James' eldest son)
- Spencer Dutton (James' youngest son)
- Claire Dutton (James' sister) †
- Mary Abel Dutton (James' niece) †
Finally! Played by Kevin Costner, John Dutton III is the head of the family all throughout Yellowstone. He's the eventual Governor of Montana and father of four: Lee, Beth, Kayce, and Jamie (although he's technically adopted).Who is Elsa Dutton to John Dutton? ›
Elsa Dutton - John's great aunt
Elsa is the sister of John Dutton Senior, but her relationship with Costner's character is more complicated. As John Dutton Junior came into the mix, Elsa is Costner's character's great aunt.
He's married to Margaret, and they have three children: Elsa, Spencer, and John Dutton Sr. The character is also seen during flashback scenes in season 4 of Yellowstone. James has two siblings: Claire, who shares the screen in 1883, and Jacob, who makes his appearance in 1923.
She was the mother to three children (whom we meet in 1883), Elsa, John, and Spencer.
The younger brother of John Dutton Sr. (and the youngest child of 1883's James and Margaret Dutton, born after that show's conclusion) Spencer served in WWI and remains haunted by his experiences.
Lee Dutton was the oldest son of John and Evelyn Dutton, and John's Ranch Hand. Lee was born before his father inherited the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, therefore essentially built the ranch with his father.Whose sister is Claire Dutton? ›
Claire Dutton was the sister of James Dutton. Claire and her daughter, Mary Abel, joined her brother, James, and the rest of his family in Fort Worth, Texas, after her husband, Henry, passed away.Who are Cara and Jacob Dutton's kids? ›
Harrison Ford plays James's brother Jacob Dutton, but Jacob and his wife Cara (Helen Mirren) don't have any children.Which Dutton son was adopted? ›
In season three it came as a shocker that Jamie Dutton was adopted and John was not his biological father. Jamie's relationship with his family has always been rocky and learning that he was adopted only made things more complicated. After discovering he is not a Dutton by blood, Jamie sets out looking for answers.
How are Jacob and James Dutton related? ›
James Dutton's brother and the ranch's owner since 1923, Jacob Dutton, was born in 1883. Jacob inherited ownership of the Yellowstone Dutton ranch and took in the couple's two surviving children after James and his wife Margaret died.What relation is Elsa to Beth Dutton? ›
One aspect that audiences may not have picked up on is how in the case of Beth and her great-aunt Elsa, there are only two people that could ever get in the way of that resolve…Does Elsa Dutton due? ›
Elsa was the main protagonist of the Yellowstone prequel series. The setup to Elsa Dutton's death began when she was shot with a poisoned arrow during an attack on the caravan.Is Elsa ever mentioned in Yellowstone? ›
Like the prequel series that came before it, this new "Yellowstone" origin story is also narrated by Elsa Dutton (Isabel May), the first-born daughter of James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill) who died before she could see her family settle in Montana.How many kids did Evelyn Dutton have? ›
Once the wife and true love of John Dutton III, Evelyn Dutton (Gretchen Mol) died when her four children—Lee, Beth, Kayce, and Jamie—were still young.What happened to the oldest Dutton child? ›
Lee is the oldest child of John Dutton and Evelyn Dutton. He was heavily involved with the operations of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. During Yellowstone's first season premiere, Lee Dutton (played by Dave Annable) gets killed after trying to recover stolen cattle from the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.Is Jacob Dutton James brother? ›
Jacob is the brother of James Dutton and he took over the ranch from his sibling after James died. When he learned James' wife Margaret (Faith Hill) was also dead, he raised the couple's children as his own.Is Elsa buried on the Dutton ranch? ›
The Dutton family cemetery makes more sense after 1883 revealed that Elsa was the first person to be buried on the land.Who is John Dutton's favorite child? ›
s that it's easy to forget John Dutton had four children in the series pilot. His oldest son Lee was his favorite, and he was the heir to the family business.Where is Elsa Dutton buried? ›
Where did the Duttons bury Elsa? In the 1883 season 1 finale, the caravan's long journey finally ends. Elsa Dutton surrenders to death and picks the spot in Paradise Valley where he wants James to bury her.
Are rip and John Dutton related? ›
Cole Hauser plays Rip Wheeler in Yellowstone. Rip is the unofficially adopted son of John Dutton. In flashbacks, Rip was revealed to have fled to the ranch after his mother and brother got murdered by his stepdad.Is Kayce related to John Dutton? ›
Kayce John Dutton is a main character on Yellowstone. He is John and Evelyn Dutton's son, albeit the two have a complex and tense relationship, with regrets from John for driving Kayce away. Kayce is married to Monica and together, they have their son, Tate.Which Dutton was in Africa? ›
What Happened in Episode 4 of 1923? Spencer Dutton (played by Brandon Sklenar) is son to James Dutton (Tim McGraw in 1883) and nephew to Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford). Through four episodes he's been in Africa, hunting big game and trying to find himself after fighting in World War I.Is Jamie's dad John Dutton's brother? ›
fans had quite the surprise when it was revealed that John Dutton was not Jamie's real father. The revelation came as a shock to Jamie, as he had no idea he wasn't a true Dutton.Was there a 4th Dutton sibling? ›
John and Evelyn Dutton were blessed with four children: Lee has two brothers (Jamie and Kayce) and a sister (Beth). They grew up together on the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.When was Spencer Dutton born? ›
Spencer Dutton is the youngest son of James and Margaret Dutton, born after the events of 1883.Is Jamie and Beth siblings in Yellowstone? ›
1 Yellowstone mid-season finale, the tension between siblings Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley) and Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) came to a simmering head when the true story about "the train station" was revealed to Beth, and Jamie called for his father John Dutton (Kevin Costner), the current governor of Montana, to be ...How is Jamie's mom related to John Dutton? ›
In season three of Yellowstone, fans were shocked to learn that Jamie Dutton was adopted. Prior to the reveal, Jamie had no idea he wasn't a Dutton by blood. John and Evelyn Dutton adopted Jamie when he was just three months old.Who is Emma Dutton related to? ›
Marriage & family
Emma is married to John Dutton I, who had set out on a northward journey in 1883 with his father and mother James and Margaret and his sister Elsa.
Yes, that's right, Jamie is adopted. This information gets revealed in season three of Yellowstone when Jamie discovers that John isn't his biological father. Jamie later meets his biological father, Randall Garrett, who is fresh out of prison.
Did Beth know Jamie was adopted? ›
In an empty desperate plea for Beth to keep this a secret, Jamie begs her to not say a word. Ha, nice try. Beth has other plans as her new mission has crystallized and she makes it known to her adopted brother what she intends to do now.Was rip adopted by John Dutton? ›
John Dutton decided then and there that he would give Rip a second chance and adopted him onto his family's Ranch.Why did John kick Jamie out? ›
John is angry about the fact that Jamie chose his career over his family. Jamie is mad about the fact that his father does not understand his need to stand out from his family. John throws Jamie out of the house, ensuring that he does not support his son anymore.How did Jacob and Cara Dutton get to Montana? ›
She is originally from Ireland. She and Jacob were married around the events of 1883. After James Dutton died from his wounds in 1893, she and Jacob made the trek to Montana as per Margaret's dire request. They arrived in 1894 to find Margaret dead from hypothermia and John and Spencer struggling to survive.How is Jacob Dutton related to Tim McGraw's character? ›
Harrison Ford explains how his 1923 character is connected to Tim McGraw's character in 1883. Ford plays Jacob Dutton in the Yellowstone prequel series 1923, the older brother of previous Yellowstone spinoff 1883's protagonist James (McGraw).Who is the other Dutton brother? ›
The death of a sibling is common in the Yellowstone franchise. Now, viewers can add John to Kayce and Beth (Lee Dutton died during the series premiere), Monica (her brother died that same episode), Tate Dutton (baby John Dutton was his brother and the original John Sr. from 1883.Does Elsa Dutton marry Sam? ›
Congratulations are in order: 1883's Miss Elsa Dutton has gotten herself hitched. And because this is one of the few shows in which that phrase might be taken literally, allow me to clarify: Elsa gets married in Sunday's episode. The groom? Handsome Sam, the Comanche man she met [checks notes] last episode.Is Elsa Dutton buried at Yellowstone? ›
Resting in-between her mother and father is Elsa Dutton, the first of the family to be buried on this land, and the founder of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch dream. Her grave is older, as she died 10 years before her father as the events of 1883 came to a close.Who is lightning with the yellow hair in Comanche? ›
In Comancheria, the settlers pay a tax to the Comanche to cross their land. One of the Comanche introduces himself to Elsa as Sam, a name he took from the man who killed his wife. The two race their horses; Elsa wins and Sam nicknames her "Lightning With The Yellow Hair".Does Elsa ever see Sam again? ›
With one final piece of narration, Elsa explains that she is now in Heaven and we see her reunite with her Comanche husband, Sam, after the pair got married in episode 8. The pair are overjoyed to see one another and they gallop off into the sunset across the picturesque Great Plains.
What happened to Elsa's husband Sam in 1883? ›
Meanwhile, fan-favorite Shea Brennan (Sam Elliott) made good on his promise to see the Pacific Ocean so his late wife could “use [his] eyes to see the world” — then promptly shot himself.Why was Elsa killed off 1883? ›
Elsa Dutton's death in 1883 had to happen in order to close the story of how the Duttons found Paradise Valley, which is ultimately a lesson in the dark, cruel history of white America, from which Taylor Sheridan borrows the conflicts that drive his Neo-Western universe.Who are the 7 generations of Duttons? ›
- James Dutton. The patriarch of 1883, James (Tim McGraw) was a farmer from Tennessee. ...
- Margaret Dutton. The confident and uncompromising wife of James, Margaret (Faith Hill) was the Dutton family matriarch in 1883. ...
- Elsa Dutton. ...
- Sam. ...
- John Dutton Sr. ...
- Emma Dutton. ...
- Jack Dutton. ...
- Elizabeth Dutton.
Elsa was the main protagonist of the Yellowstone prequel series. The setup to Elsa Dutton's death began when she was shot with a poisoned arrow during an attack on the caravan.Who is Spencer Dutton on Yellowstone? ›
Recent Images. Spencer Dutton is the youngest son of James and Margaret Dutton of the Dutton family that appears in Yellowstone and its prequels 1883 and 1923. He is played by Charlie Stover in Yellowstone and Brandon Sklenar plays Spencer Dutton in 1923.Who are the 7 generations of Duttons mapping the Dutton family in Yellowstone and 1883? ›
- James Dutton. The original patriarch of the Dutton Family, James (Tim McGraw) was a farmer from Tennessee who took his family out west in search of a new life. ...
- Margaret Dutton. ...
- Elsa Dutton. ...
- John Dutton. ...
- Claire Dutton. ...
- Jacob Dutton. ...
- Cara Dutton. ...
- Spencer Dutton.
How Are the Duttons in '1923' Related? Four decades later, viewers get to follow three generations of the ranching family. After his brother James' death, Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford), along with his wife Cara (Helen Mirren), become the new heads of the ranching family.How are the 1923 Duttons related to 1883? ›
The 1923 patriarch of the Dutton's and owner of the ranch, Jacob is the brother of 1883's James Dutton. Jacob took over the Yellowstone Dutton ranch after James and his wife, Margaret died, taking in the couple's two surviving children as well.
1923 follows the second generation of Duttons through the Great Depression and Prohibition in Montana. The first episode explained how Jacob and his wife Cara (Helen Mirren) had taken over the ranch from their close family.Is Elsa mentioned in Yellowstone? ›
Was Elsa mentioned in Yellowstone? The slightly extended episode confirmed Elsa's fate, and in a way that concretely set up the origin story of Yellowstone's namesake ranch, while also displaying other interesting connective tissue to the flagship series and its characters.
Which Dutton is in Africa? ›
Spencer Dutton (played by Brandon Sklenar) is son to James Dutton (Tim McGraw in 1883) and nephew to Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford). Through four episodes he's been in Africa, hunting big game and trying to find himself after fighting in World War I.Who is the oldest Dutton child? ›
Lee Dutton was the oldest son of John and Evelyn Dutton, and John's Ranch Hand. Lee was born before his father inherited the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, therefore essentially built the ranch with his father.Which Dutton is in Africa in 1923? ›
Spencer Dutton (played by Brandon Sklenar) is son to James Dutton (Tim McGraw in 1883) and nephew to Jacob Dutton (Harrison Ford). Through four episodes he's been in Africa, hunting big game and trying to find himself after fighting in World War I.How is John Dutton related to James Dutton? ›
James Dutton is John Dutton's great-great-grandfather. In the series 1883, James and Margaret Dutton have two children, John, also known as John Sr., and Elsa. John Sr., who is just a young boy in 1883, is John Dutton's great grandfather.How is John Dutton related to John Dutton in 1883? ›
'1883'-'1923': John Dutton I (Audie Rick, Jack Michael Doke, James Badge Dale) The firstborn son of James & Margaret Dutton, John Dutton I made it to Montana with his parents and sister, Elsa, at the age of 5.How is Emma related to the Duttons in 1923? ›
Emma Dutton (Marley Shelton) is the wife of John Dutton I and mother to Jack Dutton in 1923. She dies of suicide after her husband is shot and killed early in the season.Whose son is Spencer Dutton? ›
Spencer Dutton is the youngest son of James and Margaret Dutton, born after the events of 1883. Spencer was born to James and Margaret Dutton.Why is John Dutton not in 1923? ›
Because 1923 takes place nearly a hundred years before the events of the current-day Yellowstone, Kevin Costner's John Dutton III is not in the show. He hasn't been born yet.Is 1932 about the Dutton family? ›
While 1883 focused on the first generation of Duttons who established the family's sprawling Montana ranch, 1932 is set to highlight their descendants. (In June 2022, the streaming service announced that the show's title had been changed to 1923.)