Jeremiah once worked for the Ascension Plantation where he was involved in the slave-holding plantations business in Rhodes. However, by 1870, the Ascension Plantation no longer required his services, and he was made redundant.
At some point he got a job working for the Central Union Railroad Company however he was fired by the company after large amounts of complaints from both customers and fellow employees.
The court eventually seized his house and possessions, granting ownership to the Bank of Rhodes under the order given by Judge Meredith Holden on November 18, 1895. As a result, Compson became homeless and turned to a life of alcoholism. He has set up an encampment around Eris Field.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
Compson is first encountered on a bench outside of Rhodes Train Station where he informs the player on how his once great life fell apart and how he lost everything. The player offers to break into his old home and retrieve three of his possessions: his old pistol, a ledger, and a valuable pocket watch.
During the search, the player discovers that Compson was once a slave hunter by the notes in his ledger, often writing how proud he was of the work he did in the position. The protagonist is disgusted by his findings and confronts him at his camp. Compson rants about how his life fell apart, how the public no longer respects him and how he lost the job he loved so much. The player then throws his possessions into his campfire, causing Compson to cry and fire the pistol at the player. However, the gun, possibly due to age and disrepair, jams and Compson curses the player for destroying his possessions. His fate is then left for the player to decide - they can kill him, or simply walk away.
- While referred to as a revolver in-game, Jeremiah's gun is actually a flintlock pistol (U.S. Johnson Model 1836).