Sometime before 1899, Feeny was teaching his son how to shoot a rifle, however the recoil knocked the boy into the nearby river and the rapids quickly dragged the boy under, leaving Feeny unable to do anything to save his son's life. People around town have said that he hasn't been the same since.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
Upon entering the settlement, the player can find through the bars of the basement window of the gunsmith a young man in a sailor suit, claiming to be kidnapped. When doing the special robbery, Feeny claims that the young man is his son, being his room (the basement) for "being a bad little boy, stealing candy from the store again". After shooting the chain for the young man, Feeny confesses to what happened to his son and kidnapped the man due to a resemblance to his son, now understanding what he did was wrong. Feeny then becomes withdrawn, not caring what the player does, allowing them to loot with impunity. However, he will become hostile towards him, if attacked.
- A drawing of Feeny and his son fishing can be found on his person.