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Dutton Family Tree From Yellowstone, 1923 and 1883 Explained

Dutton Family Tree From Yellowstone, 1923 and 1883 Explained

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When it comes to the Duttons, there is nothing more important than defending their family and generational land.

The Yellowstone Dutton Ranch has been in the family for decades and they plan to keep it in the family name for generations to come. 

With five seasons of Yellowstone, along with the addition of 1883 and 1923, we have been able to learn more about the Dutton family tree.

From fleeing a life of poverty to owning the largest cattle ranch in Montana, the family has come a long way.

Based on the information from Yellowstone, 1883 and 1923, we can break down the Dutton family tree into seven generations.

However, there are still holes left to fill in the family tree, which leaves certain relationships unknown. For example, we don’t know who John Dutton II’s parents were or who he was married to.

As the Yellowstone universe expands, we can hope to learn more about the Dutton family tree and further connect the dots of this powerful family. However, in the meantime, we can get an understanding of how the current Duttons connect to one another.

After, take our fun Yellowstone personality quiz.

Dutton Family Tree

Thanks to the release of 1923, we now have an accurate idea of how different members of the Dutton family are all connected:

Note: The Dutton family tree below is not official and was made by us. All the information is either confirmed or our best guess. Also, the show writers often contradict themselves, and some dates do not fit, but it’s what the shows have told us.

Dutton Family Tree Infographic including Duttons from Yellowstone, 1923, and 1883 Updated on 17 March 2023
Updated on 17 March 2023

To learn more about the Dutton family, we have gone through every Dutton generation below. *May contain spoilers for those who have not seen Yellowstone, 1923, and 1883*.

Also, read our guide on every Dutton family mystery yet to be answered.

Generation One

James Dutton and Margaret Dutton

James Dutton and Claire Dutton from 1883

The ones to start it all were James and Margaret Dutton. The couple fled a life of poverty in Tennessee to get a fresh start out West with their children.

In 1883, James and Margeret, along with their children Elsa and John, join a European immigrant wagon train in Texas. While the wagon train is headed toward Oregon, the Duttons decide to settle in Montana after tragedy strikes the family.

When John and Margaret’s teenage daughter Elsa dies, they bury her upon her wish in Paradise Valley. This is the spot where James and Margaret build their home and go on to form the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.

After founding the ranch, James and Margaret go on to have another son, Spencer.

James Dutton was born sometime in 1839 or 1840. He died in 1893 from a gunshot wound after confronting a group of horse thieves.

Margaret Dutton was born sometime in 1839 or 1840. She died not long after her husband in 1894 after freezing to death in a snowdrift.

Jacob Dutton and Cara Dutton

Jacob Dutton and Cara Dutton from 1923 drama series

Jacob is the brother of James Dutton. After the death of James and Margaret, Jacob and his wife Cara Dutton took over Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.

Jacob and Cara also raised John and Spencer after the death of their parents. Jacob and Cara do not have any children themselves. In 1923, they work the ranch with the help of Jack, John’s son.

In addition to running the ranch, Jacob is also the Commissioner of the Livestock Association in Montana, a position the Duttons have appeared to have ever since.

Jacob Dutton was born in either 1845 or 1846 and it is unclear what year Cara was born.

Claire Dutton and Henry

Claire Dutton, sister of Jacob and James Dutton.

Claire Dutton was the sister-in-law of Jacob and James. She was married to Henry Dutton, however, he died sometime before the series 1883.

Claire and Henry had six children together before she became a widow. However, only one child, Mary Abel, made it to her teenage years.

Claire and Mary Abel joined James and his family on the wagon train in 1883. However, Mary Abel died as a result of a gunshot wound from a group of intruders that Claire provoked.

Overcome with tragedy, Claire took her own life. While her birth year is not known, she died in 1883.

Fun fact: Dawn Olivieri who also plays Claire in 1883 also plays Sarah Atwood in Yellowstone season 5.

Generation Two

Elsa Dutton and Sam

Elsa Dutton is the daughter of James and Margret Dutton. She was born on April 9, 1866, and died sometime in 1883 or 1884.

She met and married Sam, a Commanche warrior, in 1883. Elsa was a free spirit and had planned to spend the rest of her life with Sam.

However, Elsa’s time on earth was cut short after she got shot with a dirty arrow. The wound became infected and resulted in her death.

Before her passing, Elsa was able to choose her resting place. She chose Paradise Valley Montana, which the Duttons have called home ever since.

Fun fact: Martin Sensmeier who plays Sam in 1883 also played Monica’s physical therapist in Yellowstone, Martin.

John Dutton I and Emma Dutton

John Dutton I and Emma Dutton from 1923

John Dutton I is the son of James and Margaret Dutton. He went on to marry Emma and together they had one child, Jack.

We first met John as a little kid in 1883 and then again in 1923 as the lead ranch manager. However, he met his end at the hands of Banner Creighton, a sheep herder and rival of the Dutton family. John’s death left Emma in despair, leading her to take her own life.

John Dutton I was born on June 23, 1877, and died on August 28, 1923. We do not know when Emma was born but she died shortly after John’s death.

Spencer Dutton and Alexandra Dutton

Alexandra and Spencer Dutton from 1923

Spencer Dutton is the son of James and Margaret Dutton. In 1923, Spencer married Alexandra in season 1 episode 6.

After fighting in WWI, Spencer moves to Africa to hunt big game. It is in Africa that Spencer meets and falls in love with Alexandra. After pleas from Cara to return home, they begin their journey to America.

Spencer was born sometime in 1888 and we do not know the birth year of Alexandra. We currently do not know if the couple has any children. In addition, we do not know when Spencer or Alexandra die.

Generation Three

Jack Dutton and Elizabeth Dutton

Jack Dutton and Elizabeth Strafford from 1923

Jack Dutton is the son of John Dutton and Emma Dutton. He marries Elizabeth Strafford, the daughter of a neighboring rancher.

Jack helps Jacob run the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch in 1923. Shortly after marrying Jack, Elizabeth reveals she is pregnant. However, we do not know the name of their child yet.

While Jack and Elizabeth were born in the early 1900s, we don’t know when they died.

Also read: Will Jack or Spencer Inherit the Dutton Ranch?

Generation Four

John Dutton II and Unkown Wife

John Dutton II, father of the main John Dutton III in Yellowstone

John Dutton II is the father of John Dutton III. We currently do not know whose John’s parents are, though it is likely Jack and Elizabeth or Spencer and Alexandra.

We also currently do not know who John II’s wife was. He was likely born sometime in the 1920s or 1930s and he died sometime in the 2010s.

Generation Five

John Dutton III and Evelyn Dutton

John Dutton III and Evelyn Dutton from Yellowstone

John Dutton III is the patriarch of Yellowstone Dutton Ranch in Yellowstone. He is the son of John Dutton II, but we don’t know who his mother is. He was married to Evelyn and together they had four children.

In addition to operating the ranch, John is also the current governor of Montana. He does whatever it takes to protect his land from those eager to get their hands on it.

John Dutton was born in 1955 and Evelyn was born in 1960. Evelyn died on March 30, 1997, after injuries sustained from a horseback riding incident.

Also read: 14 Best Couples From Yellowstone, 1923 and 1883 Ranked

Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton is the son of John Dutton II and the younger brother of John Dutton III. He died just 18 hours after being born.

Generation Six

Lee Dutton

Lee Dutton, John Dutton III's son on Yellowstone who died

Lee Dutton is the oldest child of John and Evelyn Dutton. He worked as a livestock agent and with his father at the ranch.

Lee was born in 1979 and died in 2019. He died from a gunshot wound that occurred during a dispute over cattle.

Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler

Rip Wheeler and Beth Dutton from the Yellowstone TV show

Beth Dutton is the daughter of John and Evelyn. She is married to Rip Wheeler who works as John’s right-hand man on the ranch.

Beth is a cut-throat businesswoman who works as a banker. She also assists her father with his role as governor.

Beth was born on July 18, 1984 and Rip’s birthday is September 28, 1983.

Beth can’t have any children after she was unknowingly sterilized during an abortion. Though unable to have kids, Beth and Rip help out a boy named Carter who lost both of his parents. However, they have not officially adopted him yet.

Also read: 10 Best Beth and Rip Moments on Yellowstone

Kayce Dutton and Monica Dutton

Kayce and Monica Dutton from Yellowstone

Kayce Dutton is the son of John and Evelyn. He is married to Monica Long and they have one son together, Tate.

Along with helping his father on the ranch, Kayce breaks colts and works as the livestock commissioner. Monica works as a school teacher. Kayce was born on April 24, 1990 and Monica was born in 1993.

Jamie Dutton

Jamie Dutton from the Yellowstone TV series

Jamie Dutton is the adopted son of John and Evelyn. His biological parents are Randall and Phyllis Garrett.

Jamie works as a lawyer and politician and often doesn’t see eye to eye with his family. He was born on May 12, 1979.

Also read: Why Did John Dutton Adopt Jamie?

Generation Seven

Tate Dutton

Tate Dutton, the son of Kayce Dutton and Monica on Yellowstone

The most recent generation of Dutton’s begins with Tate. Tate is the son of Kayce and Monica Dutton. Tate was born in 2009.


Carter, the adopted son of Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler from Yellowstone

Carter is the adopted son of Beth Dutton and Rip Wheeler. Though he is not officially adopted in the eyes of the law.

Jamie Dutton II

Jamie Dutton II, the son of Jamie Dutton from Yellowstone

Jamie Dutton II is the son of Jamie Dutton and Christina, Jamie’s former assistant. Jamie II was born in 2020.

John Dutton IV

John Dutton IV is the son of Kayce and Monica. He was born in 2021 but sadly passed away shortly after being born.

Also read: 30 Best Yellowstone Universe Characters, Including 1923 and 1883


Friday 24th of March 2023

Well..Who was Laura Dutton? You can see the name at gravestone at end season 1 episode 2

Becky W.

Saturday 18th of March 2023

You state that: "John Dutton II is the father of John Dutton III. We currently do not know whose John’s parents are, though it is likely Jack and Elizabeth or Spencer and Alexandra." Neither of those two men is said to be named "John". I've always thought that a "II" or "III" in a father's title is used only for the actual 2nd and 3rd generation; i.e. without skipping a generation. Am I wrong?


Monday 6th of March 2023

It's sad that you didn't put Elsa's husband in the chart. He was an integral part of her story.

Horsey Hooves

Friday 10th of March 2023

We plan to add Sam to our next family tree update.


Sunday 5th of March 2023

Might need to update the birthyear of Mary Able from 1967 to 1867, right?


Thursday 2nd of March 2023

Hi again, A very probable birth year for Jacob Dutton is 1845. I've just finished watching 1923, and in the final episode (S01E08) Jacob states, in autumn/early winter of 1923, "I'm 78 years old." This would make his year of birth likely to be 1845, or possibly November/December 1884. Best wishes, Ian