There’s a whole lot more Dutton blood in 1883 than just Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s characters. Meet the prequel series’ entire Dutton family that predates Kevin Costner’s John Dutton on Yellowstone. Warning: Major spoilers for 1883 are ahead!
Through 1883‘s premiere, Yellowstone fans are introduced to a whole lot more Duttons than the spinoff’s marketing eluded to. In fact, the Duttons are a far more typical 19th-century family than we initially believed. The ancestors of John Dutton traveled with extended family, introducing us to new ancestors we weren’t expecting. There’s a whole lot happening during their perilous journey together, too. As a result, we’re breaking down every single blood relative introduced in the prequel below.
Let’s get to it, but be warned of spoilers for 1883 below.
‘1883’s Patriarch: James Dutton
Played by country music icon Tim McGraw, James Dutton is the patriarch of 1883. He’s uprooted his life as a Tennessee farmer in search of a better life as part of the Westward Expansion.
James is also a Civil War veteran, one who suffers from PTSD in a time long before we knew what it was. His military experience granted him crucial survival skills, however, alongside expert marksmanship. He’s as hardy as they come and uses every tool at his disposal to ensure his family survives the journey to Montana.
James is married to Margaret. They have two children: daughter Elsa Dutton and son John Dutton.
‘1883’s Matriarch: Margaret Dutton
Through 1883, country music icons and real-life married couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill bring the patriarchal and matriarchal ancestral Duttons to life.
Margaret prefers the “typical” life of a 19th-century lady. But don’t let this fool you. She’s tough as nails, and has significant survival skills spawning from her time as a Civil War nurse. She’s fiercely protective of her two children, Elsa and John, and would prefer her daughter become a proper lady, too.
Dutton Daughter: Elsa Dutton
As 1883‘s narrator, much of her family’s perilous journey is told through the eyes of Elsa Dutton (Isabel May). A free-spirited 19-year-old, Elsa has a knack for trouble and is, as her mother often points out, “her father’s daughter.”
As his oldest child, James raises Elsa in this light. She’s a skilled rider, a good shot, and knows how to fight back when she must. Her fierceness proves integral to the survival of her family as a result.
Prodigal Son: John Dutton I
Much of the Yellowstone franchise’s future rests on the tiny shoulders of 1883‘s John Dutton. He’s around 5-years-old at the time of his family’s journey West. Outside of this, however, we know precious little of this precious young boy played by Audie Rick.
But the significance of his name is paramount. Whether he is father to John Dutton Sr. (II, Dabney Coleman) and grandfather to John Dutton (III, Yellowstone‘s Kevin Costner) remains to be seen. The timeline adds up, though, and it’ll be interesting to see how his dynasty unfolds.
Margaret’s Sister: Claire
Played by Dawn Olivieri, Claire is the sister of Margaret and the two could not be more different. Claire is shrewd, unforgiving, and deeply cynical.
It is a life of tremendous loss that has shaped her journey, however. Claire was widowed before the events of 1883. She travels West with the Duttons as a result of this fate. Her daughter, Mary Abel, is her only surviving child of eight at the time, but eventually, she loses her, too. All of this culminates in the taking of her own life early in the family’s journey.
Dutton Cousin: Mary Abel
Claire’s daughter, Mary Abel (Emma Malouff), is cut from the same cloth as her shrewd mother. She chews out Margaret and Elsa for not being “proper ladies” every chance she gets.
Yet her life is cut tragically short after her mother’s own resentful nature spurs an all-out brawl with invading bandits. She’s caught in the crossfire and dies in the earliest throes of 1883‘s journey north out of Texas while James is away.
This final, heartbreaking loss becomes the final nail in the coffin for her mother, Claire, who takes her own life as a result.
Keep with us here at Outsider as we update this article throughout 1883‘s revelations for the 19th century Dutton family.