The Dutton Family Tree
The Dutton family are the central characters across multiple shows set in the Yellowstone universe created by Taylor Sheridan. These shows follow different generations of the Dutton ranching family in Montana and their struggles to maintain control of their land and legacy. The main shows that connect the Dutton family tree are Yellowstone, 1883, and 1923.
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James and Margaret Dutton
The origins of the Dutton family are shown in 1883, which follows James and Margaret Dutton as they embark on a journey west across the Great Plains with a group of migrant travelers. James and Margaret hope to find a new home for their family out west where they can establish a cattle ranch. They endure many hardships along the way, including Native American attacks.
John Dutton Sr.
James and Margaret eventually settle in Montana and establish the Yellowstone ranch, which becomes the origin of the Dutton family legacy. Their son John Dutton Sr. inherits the ranch and builds it into a successful cattle business, establishing the Duttons as a powerful ranching family in the region.
John Dutton Jr.
Yellowstone follows the current generation of Duttons descended from John Dutton Sr. The main character is John Dutton Jr., who is faced with threats against his family’s ranch from land developers and attacks. John fights to protect the Yellowstone ranch his ancestors built over generations.
James and Margaret to John Dutton Jr.
While most of the Dutton family tree is only briefly referenced in the shows, the direct line from Yellowstone’s John Dutton Jr. to his frontier ancestors James and Margaret Dutton in 1883 clearly connects the family’s multi-generational saga across their ranching empire in Montana.
Other Family Members
Besides the direct descent from James and Margaret to John Jr., there are other glimpses of Dutton family members across the generations in the shows. Yellowstone features John Dutton Jr.’s children Beth, Kayce, Jamie and Lee. 1923 focuses on a new generation of Duttons descending from John Dutton Sr., including Spencer.
Through references and flashbacks, the interconnected shows Yellowstone, 1883 and 1923 piece together the lineage of the dramatic, tenacious ranching family across multiple generations battling to maintain their Montana ranch and way of life. The Dutton family tree forms an evolving epic following the family’s struggles to survive and thrive over decades spent defending their land.