Yellowstone fans have a lot going on at the moment.
For one, Season 5 of the Western series is in the middle of a painful hiatus. (Sorry, folks. You'll have to wait for the summer to dive back in!) Not only that, but we're also in the midst of Yellowstone's origin story, 1923!
The Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren-led spinoff was also on a brief pause. But luckily for us, 1923 is set to resume its story on February 5. And in even bigger news—1923 was just confirmed to be renewed for a second season. Yeah, this universe literally never ends! 😅
And as exciting as this all is—after five seasons of the original show, two aired prequels, and another two in the works (based on the 6666 Ranch in Texas and 1883: The Bass Reeves Story)... things can get a little confusing. After all, there are now seven generations to keep track of! 🤯
Don't worry! We mapped out the Dutton family tree for you, so you can see just how everyone in the bloodline is connected. Like, how is 1923's Jacob Dutton related to Yellowstone's John Dutton III? Or who is James Dutton to John Dutton Jr.? Read on for everything you need to know about this ever-expanding family, and let us know which fact surprised you the most!
James (Tim McGraw) was the original cowboy on the Dutton Ranch in 1883—the first Yellowstone prequel. His leadership is essentially what started the Dutton story we know today. Traveling west with his wife and children from Tennessee after the Civil War, James ultimately decided that Montana would remain his home after suffering the loss of his daughter, Elsa.
Margaret (Faith Hill), married to James, was the original leading lady of the Dutton family. She served as a nurse in the Civil War in which James fought in. She was the mother to three children (whom we meet in 1883), Elsa, John, and Spencer.
We're new to the story of Jacob (Harrison Ford), who is one of the main protagonists of 1923. But we know that Jacob was the brother of James and husband to Cara Dutton. He ends up taking over the Dutton Ranch in the 18th century from his brother when tragedy strikes and he raises James' two sons as his own. He's presumably the great-great-grand-uncle of John Dutton III.
Cara (Helen Mirren) was a woman of power, and also the wife to Jacob in 1923. Originally from Ireland, she helped run the Dutton Ranch during the Prohibition Era.
Claire nee Dutton
Claire (Dawn Olivieri) was the sister to James and Jacob whom we met in 1883. Claire's story just might be the most tragic: She was a widow who also lost six of her children to death. So, when we meet her, she's traveling west with her brother James, bringing along her remaining daughter, Mary Abel. When Mary was killed after their wagon was ambushed, Claire decides to end her life at her daughter's grave.
Mary Abel (Emma Malouff) was the daughter of Claire Dutton (making her the niece to James, Jacob, Margaret, and Cara). We briefly met her in 1883, where she was killed during the Dutton's journey out west.
Elsa (Isabel May) was the oldest child of James and Margaret Dutton, and also the voice of 1883's narrator. Her story is a sad one, as she ultimately dies in the end of the series. However, we face a lot more complexity before that happens. Throughout her journey, she falls in love twice—her first time being with a cowboy named Ennis. Though they formed a strong connection, it ends when Ennis was killed halfway through the season. Soon after, she met and sparked a relationship with Sam, a Comanche warrior whom avenges her from danger on her journey. The two planned to start a life together once Elsa's parents find the land they are looking for. This never happens though, as she was killed in combat before she could return.
John Dutton Sr.
John Sr. was the first son of James and Margaret who we meet as an infant in 1883. We meet him again in 1923 as an adult played by James Badge Dale. He works alongside Jacob in 1923 to help preserve the land. He's married to Emma and they have a son, Jack. It's also presumed that he's the grandfather of John Dutton III (aka, Yellowstone's main character).
Emma (Marley Shelton) was the wife of John Dutton Sr. and mother of Jack Dutton in 1923. (Again, she might be the parent of John Dutton Jr., though we still are awaiting to confirm that.)
He doesn't make an appearance in 1883, but Spencer (Brandon Sklenar) was James' and Margaret's third child, who begins his storyline in 1923. He was a World War I veteran and currently working in Africa.
Jack (Darren Mann) is the son of John Sr. and Emma in 1923. He's a young man who helped his father and great-uncle (Jacob Dutton) on their relatively new land. He was set to marry Elizabeth Dutton.
Formally known as Elizabeth Strafford (Michelle Randolph), this character was set to marry Jack Dutton in 1923.
John Dutton II
Again, we *assume* that John Dutton Jr. was the son of John Dutton Sr. and Emma Dutton, whom we meet in 1923. He initially appears as an older man in flashback episodes of Yellowstone, but has been rumored to make an appearance in 1923, too.
According to a quick mention in Yellowstone, Peter Dutton was the son of John Dutton Jr. and Elizabeth Dutton. He was John Dutton III's brother but he died only hours after he was born.
John Dutton III
John Dutton III (Kevin Costner) is a man that hardly needs any form of introduction. John III leads what is known as the Dutton Ranch today. He is the cowboy in charge of it all, and now current governor of Montana. He's a wealthy man who doesn't allow that part of himself to get to his head. The widow was married to Evelyn Dutton (who we only see in flashbacks) and together they had four children—Lee (who dies in the first season of Yellowstone), Beth, Kayce, and Jamie (who we later find out was adopted).
We never got to really know Evelyn (Gretchen Mol), as she's the deceased wife of John Dutton III. The mother of his four children (Lee, Beth, Kayce, and Jamie) died just as the kids were young after encountering a horseback riding accident.
Lee (Dave Annable) was John's oldest son, and expected leader of the Yellowstone ranch after his father. But Lee died in the first season of Yellowstone, disrupting the family balance once more.
Beth (Kelly Riley) is the force to be reckoned with on Yellowstone. Daughter of John III and Evelyn, she has a fierce persona that both helps her ward off villains while also getting her into some trouble. We get to see a bit of her tender side through her romance with husband, Rip Wheeler.
Jamie (Wes Bentley) is the adopted son of John III and Evelyn. Things with Jamie are a little complicated, as he doesn't find out that John isn't his biological dad until later in his adult life. And when we find out his real story, well, it's all just a bit tragic. He is truly the odd one out, and that's clear when you see the resentment and respect in which he both feels for his family.
Kayce (Luke Grimes) is the third son of John III and Evelyn. His character always seems to be surrounded by conflict, heartbreak, and death. He is not the closest with his father, but their relationship isn't necessarily bad, either. He is the husband to Monica Dutton; together, they share a son named Tate.
Christina (Katherine Cunningham) was romantically involved with Jamie, while also being one of his employees during his campaign for state attorney general. And though they share a kid together, it doesn't seem like that was enough to keep them together.
We don't know too much about Jamie and Christina's son other than that he was just recently born and would be named after his father.
Rip's story is a bit tragic-turned-sweet. He stumbles upon the ranch as a teenager, during a time when he needed it the most. John III took him under his wing—which is how Rip met Beth, and slowly grew feelings for her. Not only is he the husband to Beth, but he is John's number one trusted man.
Monica Long Dutton
Monica (Kelsey Asbille) is the wife to Kayce, mother to Tate, and teacher on the Broken Rock Reservation where she was raised.
Tate (Brecken Merrill) is the son of Kayce and Monica. He has both western and Native American blood in him, which is somewhat of an irony and a metaphor, as he walks on the land that was once stolen from his ancestors.
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How is everyone related in Yellowstone? ›
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). His wife, Evelyn, died in a horseback riding accident.How are the 1923 Duttons related to the 1883 Duttons? ›
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.How is Spencer Dutton related to James Dutton? ›
Spencer Dutton is the youngest son of James and Margaret Dutton, born after the events of 1883.How is Elsa Dutton related 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.
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 rip related to the Duttons? ›
Rip is the long time ranch foreman for the Dutton family ranch. He came to the ranch as a teenaged orphan and was adopted as a hand after he killed his abusive stepfather shortly after he brutally murdered the rest of his estranged family.Is 1932 a Dutton? ›
The Yellowstone prequel previously titled 1932, now 1923, follows the Dutton family through another expansion period in U.S. history—the early 1920s and beyond. In the new series, we'll see the Dutton ancestors cope with drought, cattle theft, lawlessness, and the beginning of the Great Depression.Who is Jacob and Cara Dutton? ›
Harrison Ford plays James's brother Jacob Dutton, but Jacob and his wife Cara (Helen Mirren) don't have any children. You've seen a younger version of Spencer, played by Charlie Stover, in flashbacks on Yellowstone that were set between the two prequel series. Elsa is played on 1883 and 1923 by Isabel May.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.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.
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) †
Claire nee Dutton
Claire (Dawn Olivieri) was the sister to James and Jacob whom we met in 1883. Claire's story just might be the most tragic: She was a widow who also lost six of her children to death. So, when we meet her, she's traveling west with her brother James, bringing along her remaining daughter, Mary Abel.
Monica Dutton is the wife of Kayce Dutton and the mother of Tate Dutton.Who is John Dutton to John Dutton? ›
John Dutton II was the late father of John Dutton III and the previous owner of Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. His son took over the ranch after he retired and later died of cancer years before the start of the series in the mountains. His last wish to his son was that he never give up the land.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…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.Is Beth Dutton related to? ›
She is the daughter of cattle rancher John Dutton and sister to Kayce, Jamie, and the late Lee. Beth is married to Rip Wheeler.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 Jack Dutton and John Dutton Jr the same person? ›
Jacob is John's uncle, which makes him Jack's great-uncle. Jack is a free-spirited Dutton family member, and it's unclear how that will affect his work on the ranch.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.
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.Is rip a character on Yellowstone? ›
Cole Hauser plays Rip Wheeler in Yellowstone, a ranch hand/hitman/loyal follower of John Dutton (Kevin Costner). Hauser gives an excellent portrayal of the character, with Rip quickly becoming a fan-favorite character due to his loyalty to the Dutton family and his relationship with Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly).Is Rip on Yellowstone A Dutton? ›
Later, Rip was found sleeping in a hay barn covered in blood. Instead of turning him in, John gave Rip a second chance at life. He took him in as a farmhand, and Rip became a part of the Dutton family.Are 1883 characters mentioned in Yellowstone? ›
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.
The surname Dutton is primarily of English origin, a place-name referring to denizens of one of two villages, one in Cheshire and one in Lancashire. Another line of Duttons in the United States descends from a German family whose name was originally spelled DERTING or DARTING.Is anyone from 1883 mentioned in Yellowstone? ›
Actor James Jordan is a favorite of Sheridan's, having appeared in both Yellowstone, 1883, and his movies Wind River and Those Who Wish Me Dead. In Season 2, he joined Yellowstone as Steve Hendon, a livestock agent who works with Kayce Dutton. This is a regular role and he's returned several times on the show.Does James Dutton have a sister? ›
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.How many sons did James Dutton have? ›
James and Margaret also had two sons: John and Spencer.Does John Dutton have a brother? ›
In Yellowstone season 5, John Dutton III reveals to his daughter-in-law, Monica, that he had a brother named Peter, who died only 18 hours after being born.What is Dutton ranch actually called? ›
Believe it or not, the stunning scenery portrayed as the Dutton family ranch is the real-life Chief Joseph Ranch. That's right! Yellowstone is filmed at the Chief Joseph Ranch in Darby, Montana.
Where did Spencer Dutton come from? ›
Spencer was first introduced to viewers as the youngest son of James (Tim McGraw) and Margaret Dutton (Faith Hill) from the 1883 series. During the series, he hadn't yet been born as it followed the family's traumatic journey from Texas to Montana.Where is Cara Dutton from? ›
Cara Dutton is the wife of Jacob Dutton and the matriarch of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch during prohibition. She is originally from Ireland. She and Jacob were married around 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 ...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.Did Kayce Dutton have a brother? ›
John and Evelyn Dutton were blessed with three more children: Kayce has two brothers (Lee and Jamie) and a sister (Beth). They grew up together on the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. His mother died when he was young.Which Dutton sibling is the oldest? ›
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.How many siblings does Beth Dutton have? ›
John and Evelyn Dutton were blessed with four children: Beth has three brothers (Lee, Jamie, and Kayce). They grew up together on the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. Kayce extended the family, marrying Monica Long and having a son named Tate, Beth's nephew.Who was with Beth when her mom died? ›
So, how did Evelyn Dutton die? She lost her life on March 30, 1997, during a horseback riding accident. Her horse got spooked and fell on her while she was out riding with Beth and Kayce. Before the tragic incident, Beth was nervous while on her horse, causing it to get spooked.How are Jamie and Beth related Yellowstone? ›
Jamie Dutton is done. After years of fighting with his family — namely his sister, Beth — the slippery attorney general has made it clear where he stands.How is everyone related in 1883 and Yellowstone? ›
The Yellowstone prequel series 1883 introduced us to the original Dutton patriarch, James Dutton (Tim McGraw), and his wife Margaret (Faith Hill). Though it hasn't been specifically laid out, we can safely guess that James is meant to be the great-grandfather of Kevin Costner's John Dutton.
How is rip related on Yellowstone? ›
Rip Wheeler is an employee at Yellowstone. He is the "fixer" and sometimes the bruiser for the Dutton Family. He is also the husband of Bethany Dutton and John's son-in-law.How is Beth related in Yellowstone? ›
Beth Dutton is a banker and cut-throat businesswoman in Yellowstone. She is the daughter of cattle rancher John Dutton and sister to Kayce, Jamie, and the late Lee. Beth is married to Rip Wheeler.Is Jamie a biological Dutton? ›
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.Why does Jamie's dad hate the Duttons? ›
The underlying reason for John Dutton's dislike of Jamie is their differing personality and views on life. It is why they often fight, argue, and even work against each other in various stages of their life. Of course, it's also possible that John dislikes Jamie because he's adopted and not a true-blooded Dutton.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.)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.Are Beth and Kayce twins? ›
Are Beth and Kayce twins? John and Evelyn Dutton were blessed with three more children: Kayce has two brothers (Lee and Jamie) and a sister (Beth). They grew up together on the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.Does Beth know Jamie is adopted? ›
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. "I'm going to take him from you. I'm going to rob you a fatherhood, Jamie.Is Rip Dutton's son? ›
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 Rip adopted on Yellowstone? ›
John Dutton decided then and there that he would give Rip a second chance and adopted him onto his family's Ranch.
Does rip become a Dutton? ›
Later, Rip was found sleeping in a hay barn covered in blood. Instead of turning him in, John gave Rip a second chance at life. He took him in as a farmhand, and Rip became a part of the Dutton family.