The following is a
timeline of events that occur or are mentioned in and Red Dead Redemption . Although the games are set at separate points between 1899 and 1914 inclusive, the background of the characters and the world spans well over a century of American history.
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1700s to 1790s
The city of Saint Denis is founded and serves as the capital of the French New World until the territory is purchased by the United States of America in the early 1800s.
Ross Gray informs the British government of the impending Jacobite rebellion.
Jesuit missionary Rodolfo dies in New Austin after having left a Spanish mission in California carrying a letter written by Cardinal Blanco in Madrid.
1800s to 1840s
Douglas Gray and Lucille Braithwaite conspire to steal large sums of gold from their families to fund the abolition of slavery. The Grays and Braithwaites, each believing that the other family had their missing gold, begin a blood feud that endures until 1899.
24 April: Birth of Hannah Chilcott.
Birth of Esther Sinclair.
Birth of Edgar Shelton.
Birth of Seth Trice.
Birth of Amelia Eaves.
Birth of Judith Johnston.
Birth of Greta van der Linde.
Death of Belle Finch, of cholera.
Death of Seth Trice, of unknown cause.
22 July: Death of Hannah Chilcott, of unknown cause.
7 August: Death of Amelia Eaves, of cholera. Fall: The latest possible date for Uncle's birth.
Birth of Delilah Gaskell.
Birth of David Purvis.
Birth of an unnamed individual buried in
Tumbleweed. Death of Henrietta Feaney.
Birth of Ulysses Howard.
Birth of Murtel Purvis.
Birth of Rosie Tenerton.
Elenora Riddick. Birth of Clinton Underwood.
Birth of Juan Calomarde.
2 February: Death of Judith Johnston, of unknown cause.
Birth of Dorothy Hewitt.
Birth of Alberto de la Fuente.
Birth of Herbert Forth.
The American Civil War begins.
Lemoyne is one of several states that secedes from the United States to form the Confederate States of America.
Billy West married Annabel. Birth of Edgar Ross.
March 30: A Confederate charge led by Major Hobart Crawley is routed by Union troops, resulting in the deaths of 3,202 Confederate soldiers. Major Crawley is the only survivor. The battle is later memorialized with a statue in Rhodes.
May 8: A Confederate Army force under General Quincy T. Harris attacks Fort Brennand under cover of night and massacres the Union Army garrison. July: Leopold Strauss arrives in New York with his uncle.
The Battle of
Scarlett Meadows occurs at Bolger Glade in Lemoyne. Despite suffering massive casualties, Confederate troops successfully repel a major Union Army offensive. General Quincy T. Harris participates in the battle. 24 August: Death of Esther Sinclair, of unknown cause.
The American Civil War concludes, with the Union victorious over the Confederacy.
Lemoyne is subsequently readmitted to the United States of America. Death of Edgar and Lila Shelton, struck by a lightning bolt.
Bill Williamson. Birth of Lupe del Valle.
Death of Philip J. Greenup
Otis Miller and his boys commit the first train robbery in history. 13 September: Death of Georgia Dobbs, killed by a falling oak tree.
Birth of Hamilton Murphy.
Birth of Obediah Graves.
Birth of Andreas Müller.
Birth of Louisa Warthington.
Harold MacDougal. Birth of Mary Dutton.
4 November: Death of an unknown individual buried in Odd Fellow's Rest, of unknown cause.
The start of the "Picturesque Period". Many stories and legends from this period were later adapted to motion pictures in the 1910s.
Dutch van der Linde leaves home.
Birth of Mr. Pickering.
Birth of Houston Greenup.
John Marston. Death of John Marston's mother, died during childbirth.
Death of Ellen Nugent, to an epileptic fit.
Death of Ada Stillman, choked on a fishbone.
Sam Odessa. Birth of Butch Somers.
During a bloody coup,
Francisco Ramirez Torres becomes President of Mexico.
11 January: Death of Juan Calomarde, of unknown cause.
18 January: Death of Gideon Knox, presumably from an orgy with six women. Death of James Jacob Somers.
Frank Heck travels through The Heartlands, signing his name on Register Rock.
Birth of Fred Peagler.
Birth of Ellie Boone.
Birth of Lydia Grubb.
Death of Rosie Tenerton, of unknown cause.
1 April: Death of Josephine Byrd, of unknown cause.
Birth of Earl Errington.
26 May: Death of Emma Crawford, of unknown cause. Birth of Lenny Summers.
John Marston's father, of a cause presumably related to his alcoholism. Death of an unnamed individual buried in
Tumbleweed, of unknown cause. Death of Abe Shackleford.
Death of Greta van der Linde.
Hank MacFarlane. Birth of
Walton Lowe. Birth of Isabel Feaney.
27 October: Death of Charlotte Eaves, of unknown cause.
Gus MacFarlane. Birth of Betsie Errington.
Death of Dorothy Hewitt, of unknown cause.
Death of Alberto de la Fuente, of unknown cause.
An eclipse occurred which famously blinded a man named Stretch Hawthorn. The story was later adapted to a motion picture in 1911.
18 October: Death of Minerva Pratt, from a fever. August : Pleasance was founded.
Birth of Travis Glover.
3 June: Death of Elijah Liggons, of unknown cause. John Marston joins the Van der Linde gang.
The 3rd Street Hardware opened in
Blackwater. Death of Obediah Graves, hanged for a murder which, according to his gravestone, he did not commit.
Death of Betsy Glover, of unknown cause.
Emmet Granger is rumored to be involved in the disappearance of the Laidlaw family.
19 July: Death of Carmen Galindo, of unknown cause. 7 November: Death of lawman Calvin Draper, killed by a criminal.
Birth of Charlotte Lauterback.
Birth of Hattie Tanner.
Death of Pearl Palmer, of unknown cause.
Death of Dwight Bundy, of unknown cause.
Death of Lupe del Valle, of unknown cause.
15 April: The Lee and Hoyt Banking House is robbed by Arthur Morgan, Hosea Matthews, and Dutch van der Linde. 10 October: Death of Bryon Vickers, from losing a duel in New Austin.
Birth of Alberto Viveros.
9 April: Death of General Quincy T. Harris. 18 August: Death of Felix Hawley.
Death of Ira Somers, presumably from syphilis.
Prancing Fox Brand, a company selling socks, was established.
June: Darragh MacGuire is killed by British agents in Boston. 29 November: Death of Sergeant Joseph Drummond, of unknown cause.
Emmet Granger is suspected in the Chapparal killings. 10 Jan: Death of Myra Leathers, of unknown cause.
Birth of Carlos Bonavides.
Death of Delilah Gaskell, of unknown cause.
23 June: Death of Jack Greenwood, of unknown cause.
12 July: Death of Theodore Kilbane, of unknown cause. 29 September: Death of an unnamed young black male, buried in the Blackwater Chapel, of unknown cause.
Luisa Fortuna. Birth of Mary Shackleford.
Death of Hoover Cowan, of unknown cause.
25 August: Death of Truman Briggs, murdered by his wife. 27 December: Bill Williamson is dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
Birth of Mary Shackleford.
Bill Williamson attempts to rob Dutch van der Linde.
The Panic of 1893 begins, resulting in
JD McKnight and others selling gold to the US Treasury.
18 August: Death of Matilda Eaves, of unknown cause.
2 November: Death of an unnamed outlaw, buried in the Blackwater Chapel, of unknown cause. 8 December: Death of Hank MacFarlane, to tuberculosis.
15 January: Death of Peter Turner, from a blow to his head.
3 March: Death of Willie Swenson, of unknown cause.
19 May: Death of a child buried in Perdido, of unknown cause. Bill Williamson joins the Van der Linde gang following his dishonourable discharge from the Army.
Abigail Roberts joins the Van der Linde gang. Emmet Granger turns witness on Fosse Gang, leading to their arrest.
The end of the "Picturesque Period". Many stories and legends from this period were later adapted to motion pictures in the 1910s.
Tavish Gray receives a letter from Edinburgh University historian Malcolm Moffat revealing that his ancestor Ross Gray was not an exiled Jacobite as he had believed, but a spy for the Duke of Cumberland who had been forced to flee Scotland to escape the Jacobites' reprisals against informers. Birth of
12 October: Death of Estella Blankenship, of unknown cause.
Javier Escuella joins the Van der Linde gang. Emmet Granger retires to his hoggery, granted by the federal government.
Approximate point which John Marston deserted the Van der Linde gang.
the Butcher brothers, killed in a gunfight with Landon Ricketts. National Bureau of Criminal Identification is founded by the National Chiefs of Police Union.
23 June: Death of Owen MacFarlane, to chronic diarrhea. 7 September: Jake and Sadie Adler marry.
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Death of Davey Callander; died from a gunshot wound sustained in the Blackwater Massacre
Death of Jenny Kirk; died from gunshot wounds sustained in the Blackwater Massacre.
Death of Mac Callander; "mercy" killed by Agent Milton.
Death of Jake Adler; killed by O'Driscolls.
Death of Thomas Downes; died of Tuberculosis.
Death of Sean McGuire; shot by a Gray gunman.
Death of Leigh Gray; shot by Arthur Morgan.
Death of Catherine Braithwaite; self-immolation.
Death of Kieran Duffy; beheaded by the O'Driscolls.
Death of Angelo Bronte; drowned by Dutch van der Linde.
Death of Hosea Matthews; shot by Agent Milton.
Death of Lenny Summers; shot by Pinkertons.
Death of Alberto Fussar; killed by Arthur Morgan.
Death of Molly O'Shea; shot by Susan Grimshaw.
Death of Leviticus Cornwall; shot by Dutch van der Linde.
Death of Colm O'Driscoll; hanged in Saint Denis.
Death of Colonel Favours; shot by Arthur Morgan.
Death of Eagle Flies; fatally shot by Colonel Favours.
Death of Andrew Milton; shot in the head by Abigail Roberts.
Death of Susan Grimshaw; shot by Micah Bell
Death of Arthur Morgan; died from Tuberculosis or killed by Micah, from either a knife wound or a gunshot.
Dissolution of the Van der Linde gang.
Wapiti Indians exiled to Canada.
26 July: Death of Cole MacFarlane, from a gunshot wound to the head. 7 November: Death of Oscar Palomares, of unknown cause.
Death of Butch Somers, hanged for his crimes as a horse thief.
24 July: Death of Maybelle Fordham, Archer Fordham's mother, of unknown cause.
Basilio Aguirre Olmos de la Vargas begins his 10 year search for his great-great-grandfathers treasure.
Death of Mary Dutton, of unknown cause. Death of Herbert Forth, of unknown cause.
Death of Walter Pettigrew, the founder of
Manzanita Post, of unknown cause.
21 August: Death of Rosalie Tanner, of unknown cause. 16 September: Death of Antonio de la Cueva, of unknown cause
After a gunfight in eastern California,
Landon Ricketts moved from USA to Mexico. Death of David and Muriel Purvis, parents of
Cyril Purvis, of unknown cause. Death of Alberto Viveros, of unknown cause.
A bicycle model (later branded the "1902 Model") was produced and sold by the Blue Head Wonder Coaster company.
Ethan MacFarlane, after irritating a bull. Death of Hamilton Murphy, of unknown cause.
Ralph Anderson. The infamous Irving Factory Explosion occurred, killing over 400 child workers.
18 March: Death of an unnamed thief, buried in the Blackwater Chapel, of unknown cause.
23 April: Death of Priscilla Johnson, of unknown cause. 31 October: Death of Dolores Falcon, of unknown cause.
29 April: Death of Lincoln Crenshaw, of unknown cause.
2 June: Death of Fred Peagler, presumably from a brawl. United States take over construction of the Panama Canal from France.
Death of Louisa Warthington, of unknown cause.
Death of Kit Skaggs, of unknown cause.
Death of Isabel Feaney, of unknown cause.
Death of Houston Greenup, presumably from losing a duel.
15 January: Death of Ellie Boone, of unknown cause.
25 February: Death of Quincy Brogles, presumably from a brawl or duel.
15 March: Death of Ambrose Lee, of unknown cause. 4 August: Death of Gus MacFarlane, killed in a bar fight.
Dutch van der Linde is rumored to have died in a fire following a failed robbery.
25 May: Death of Jane Scranton, of unknown cause.
8 September: Death of an unnamed woman, buried in the Church of Tumbleweed, suicide.
9 September: Death of Joshua Benning, of unknown cause. 6 November: Death of Freda Dunbar, wife of Oswald Dunbar.
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Death of Micah Bell; jointly shot dead by Dutch van der Linde and John Marston.
Death of Cleet; either hanged by John Marston or shot by Sadie Adler.
Death of Joe; shot by John Marston.
John and Abigail marry at Beecher's Hope.
Armadillo experiences an outbreak of Cholera.
Death of Charlotte Lauterback, of unknown cause.
Death of Travis Glover, of unknown cause.
Death of Mr. Pickering, by a gunshot.
Death of Gustavo Obregon, of unknown cause.
15 May: Death of Grace Blankenship, of unknown cause.
Death of Nelly Dillard, of unknown cause.
11 April: Death of Lambert Henning, hit by a train.
Death of Lydia Grubb, of unknown cause.
Death of Carlos Bonavides, of unknown cause.
23 February: Death of Orla Gaston, hit by a car.
14 August: Death of Alejandro Fortuna, killed by the Mexican Army. 19 November: Death of Hart Cummings, presumably from a deadly illness.
Death of Mr. Braithwaite, of an unknown cause.
In yet another bloody coup,
Ignacio Sanchez becomes President of Mexico. Crops in
New Austin were ruined by an unknown personnel, and farmers were forced to sell their lands at a cheap price. The culprit behind this was rumored to be Jeremiah Somerset. The map of the frontier, later used by John Marston in 1911 and passed on to his son Jack Marston, was drawn.
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Walton Lowe, who is either killed by John Marston or executed for his crimes. Death of Mary Shackleford and Willie Feaney, killed in the
Ridgewood Farm Massacre. Death of
Leander Holland and Alwyn Lloyd, killed by John Marston. Death of
Norman Deek, killed in a gunfight at Tumbleweed by his own gang's crossfire. Death of
Andreas Müller, The Stranger and Raul Zubieta, shot in duels with John Marston. Death of
Manolo Santander, killed by either John Marston or Landon Ricketts. Death of
Espinoza, killed by John Marston. Death of
Vincente de Santa, executed by either John Marston or Reyes' Rebels. Death of
Luisa Fortuna, shot by Raul Zubieta and his men. Death of
Bill Williamson and Agustin Allende, killed by either John Marston or Abraham Reyes. Death of
Mr. Fortuna, father of Luisa Fortuna, executed by the Mexican Army. Death of
Muriel Scranton, held hostage and shot by Dutch van der Linde. Death of
Harmon Weinstein, killed in a car crash while held hostage by Dutch van der Linde. Death of
Nastas, shot by Dutch's Gang. Death of
Dutch van der Linde, who committed suicide after his hideout was attacked by the US Army. Death of
Uncle, shot by the US Army. Death of John Marston, shot by a firing squad of US Army soldiers, U.S. Marshals and Edgar Ross.
Harold MacDougal published a thesis declaring the impossibility of taming a savage man. Edgar Ross retires from the Bureau of Investigation.
Harrison Cherry's gravestone in 1911 writes that he dies on December 7, 1968.
Apparently this could be a very elaborate Beatles reference. To wit: In 1968, Eric Clapton gave George Harrison a cherry red guitar. At the time, Harrison was 25 (1943 + 25 = 1968) and Clapton was 23 (1945 + 23 = 1968), which averages to the age of 24. That guitar had serial numbers that corresponded to a batch that had shipped from a factory in a December, with 7 being the first number in the serial. Harrison then used the guitar through many of the Beatles' most famous works. See this page for more info on the guitar. Also, Harrison apparently named the guitar 'Lucy' in homage to comedienne Lucille Ball, and this could be why Jeb Blankenship's 'love' is named Lucy. Special thanks to therealcaro at reddead.net for doing the research.
Captain Maxwell Laskey died on August 24 in an unknown year. He was 31 when he died. He is mentioned briefly in a newspaper story at the end of Red Dead Redemption.