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Bride Train Character List

Judge Thatcher and Walt Chamberlain in Baldy's Saloon

Judge Thatcher and Walt Chamberlain in Baldy’s Saloon

List of major characters found in the Bride Train 1870s series.

The first column shows the first time the character was introduced by name. Those marked with an x were deceased before the series started.

1st time Name (formal) Last name (maiden) Information
2 Ace (Kenrick) Langford father Earl of Denby (Kent, England), 4th in line; won Double Diamond from Smythe in card game
2 Amelia MacDougal (Smathers) younger sister of Prudence, marries Ross by contract; facial burns
x Amos McLeod deceased: Sophie’s husband, died age 49 to her 19
x Antelope Girl deceased (murdered): Bannock cousin to MacDougals
2 Auntie MacDougal Bannock/ Shoshone sister of Sunbird; arrives to care for Prudence when she’s pregnant for Hope
town Baldy Morgan owns Baldy’s Saloon, east (bad) part of town
1 Ben Elliott lawyer, twin to Ranger; educated in East; buys Widow Jones ranch, renames RB Connected for Ranger/Ben, with Patrick; meets Florence on Bride Train
x Benjamin Sr Elliott deceased father of 7 Elliotts; chose to die vs living without wife
1 Beth (Elizabeth) Elliott (James) first Bride Train arrival, from New York
1 Big Joe Sheldrake town bully, works for mayor on ranch
2 Billy O’Keefe son of Paddy, carpenter, friend to Daniel
2 Bridie Redmond adopted by Trace and Beth Elliott with older sister Meggie; golden red hair
4 Buford Hames newspaperman, Southerner
4 Byron Ashcroft cousin an Flying X ranch partners with Cole Taylor and Marshall Stevens; Southerner
7 Casey (Cassandra) Wright hides as younger brother to Willy; hired onto Flying X for winter as chore boy
1 Charlie Newton deputy by order of town council, works on mayor’s ranch
7 Charlie (Charlotte) Langford daughter of Jessie and Sin, b Aug 1872
4 Clint (Clinton) Fortune cousin to Jed Adams and Riley Jansen, J Bar C ranch
4 Cole Taylor oldest cousin of Byron and Marshall, Southerner
2 Daniel (Ernie) MacDougal (Thompson) orphaned, adopted by MacDougals; shunned by father for hare lip
town Dieter Arnott German butcher also buys hides/ furs
town Doc (George) Henley town doctor
4 Emma (Emmaline) Elliott (Leduc) adopted young daughter of Florence and Ben (rescued)
5 Emma (Mrs.) Johnston widow, grandmother of Emma and Johnny Leduc (father’s mom)
1 town Eudora Jennet (Sparling) banker’s wife,
2 Fin (Finan Jr) MacDougal nasty oldest of Finan and Phoebe): at Bar MD ranch, Texas
2 Finan Sr MacDougal “The MacDougal”: in Texas; created Bar MD ranch in Texas, brutal Clan Chief
4 Florence Elliott (Peabody) friend of Beth, takes Emma/ Johnny meets Ben on Bride Train
1 Frank Chambers old Sheriff, wife Mary
2 Frederick Smythe British cattle baron, owns Golden Nugget Saloon in Bannack City; lost Double Diamond to Ace Langford
2 Gabe (Bear) Downey boyhood friend of Luke Frost; partner in Double Diamond with Oz Cutler; built like brown bear
6 Gatlin brothers vicious childhood neighbours of Luke Frost and Gabe Downey
5 Gavin MacDougal infant twin son to Amelia and Ross, b Feb 1872
town George Byers barber, also drug store, dentist, undertaker
7 Gideon McInnes younger brother to Zach, cousin to Rusty; been living in Texas
1 Gillis MacDougal 3rd son of Finan and Phoebe; burly red Scot in kilt
6 Grace beaten woman found with tongue cut out
9 Harrison Baird railroad bigwig
2 Henry Bennett partner with Ace and Sin; father is Baron; 3rd son after 5 girls; Double Diamond
2 Hope MacDougal infant daughter of Gillis and Prudence (Smathers)
town Hugh Jennet banker
2 Hugh MacDougal nasty 2nd son of Finan and Phoebe: Bar MD Texas
1 Jack Elliott younger of first set of twins; partner with Trace and Simon in Rocking E ranch
2 James Elliott son of Beth and Trace, born Jan 1871
4 Jed (Jedediah) Adams head of J Bar C with cousins Clint Fortune and Riley Jansen, owed money by Smythe for cattle [note: typo: “Abrams” in #4]
2 Jessie (Jessamine) Elliott only daughter of Ben/ Louisa; raised by MacDougals in Texas, attended ladies college, cowgirl
1 John Tanner founded Tanner’s Ford with Patsy in 1852 when loaded wagons broke down at the river
4 Johnny Elliott (Leduc) adopted young son of Florence and Ben (rescued)
9 Josh (Joshua) Gibson Pinkerton agent, built like a bull; 3rd brother
3 Judge (Ambrose) Thatcher Helena judge, brought to town by Fin MacDougal Jr to rule on who owns MD Connected ranch
7 Kate (Katharine) McInnes (Mason) goes west to find her father; robbed from Bride Train by McInnes men
5 Keir MacDougal infant twin son to Amelia and Ross b. Feb 1872
5 Lily Elliott daughter to Beth and Simon born April 1872
1 Lily (Stella Roberts) Miss Lily owns Miss Lily’s Parlor, a gentleman’s club
x Louisa Elliott deceased mother of 7 Elliotts
1 Louisa Garcia (MacDougal) born in Fort Laramie on way west; daughter of Finan and Phoebe; marries Texan Garcia
2 Luke Frost last of his family; runs Circle C ranch with Gabe Downey and Oz Cutler (met in war)
3 Malcolm MacDougal youngest child of Finan and Sunbird: Texas
4 Marshall (Don) Stevens cousin to Cole and Byron: Southerner
4 Mary Barstow (Douglas) widow with 3 children, arrives with Florence on Bride Train; meets Owen Barstow on way
1 Maurice Lumley clerk at Tanner’s Ford Hotel
7 Max (Maxwell) Gibson oldest twin, Pinkerton agent hired to find and escort criminals back East for trial
2 Meggie Redmond adopted by Trace and Beth Elliott; older sister to Bridie
3 Molly Sinclair surviving daughter of slaughtered family; held captive, then sold to Bannack City whorehouse
6 Mr. Isaac hired thug who terrorizes women using a mask  (mentioned but not by name in #3)
1 Nevin (Bearclaw) MacDougal younger twin of Ross, 2nd of Sunbird’s children with Finan
2 Nora, Mrs. Dawes miner widow, owns dress and millinery shop, boarding-house for ladies
1 Orville Rivers Mayor of Tanner’s Ford; has a ranch east of town
2 Oscar (Oz) Cutler Circle C partner with Luke Frost and Gabriel Downey, met them in war, where he lost most of the sight in one eye
4 Owen Barstow Sheriff, replaces Frank Chambers, marries Mary Douglas
2 Paddy O’Keefe widowed father of Billy, carpenter
2 Patrick Elliott youngest; raised in Texas by Finan MacDougal, partner with Ben and Ranger in RB Connected
1 Patsy Tanner wife of John, Mercantile owner, town founder
7 Peyton McInnes led Badger City Gang in Montana Territory, robbing stagecoaches, brother to Dougal, uncle to Zach, Rusty, and Gideon
x Phoebe MacDougal deceased Scot wife of Finan, mother of Finan, Hugh, Gillis, Louisa (dies at her birth)
1 Prudence MacDougal (Smathers) wife of Gillis (only), sister to Amelia; mother to Hope, dies soon after daughter’s birth
1 Ranger Elliott older of second set of twins; badly treated by Finan MacDougal in Texas; partner with Ben (twin) and Patrick in RB Connected
4 Riley Jansen cousin of Jed Adams and Clint Fortune, with them in J Bar C ranch
town Roderick Venner saddler: also sells harnesses, boots, snowshoes
1 Rosa Lily’s housekeeper after she bought Rosa comancheros at 18 to save her
1 Ross (Raven) MacDougal 4th child of Finan, eldest son of Sunbird; warrior, sent to live with Bannock relatives as young child;  proficient with knives; known as the MacDougal Devil
town Rufina Emslow (Browne) runs boarding-house
7 Rusty McInnes cousin to Zach and Gideon: brings cattle from Texas
9 Sam (Samuel) Gibson identical twin to Max, Pinkerton agent, hired by Miss Lily and Sophie McLeod to catch Mr. Isaac
3 Sarah Frost (Unsworth) sold by fiancé to Bannack City whorehouse; rescued by Tanner’s Ford men; purchases assay office to open town bakery
1 Simon Elliott second son, older of second set of twins; partner with Trace and Jack in Rocking E ranch
2 Sin (Charles St. John) Statham 4th in line to Viscount (England); partners in Double Diamond with Gabe Downey and Oz Cutler
3 Sinclair family deceased family of Molly (pa, ma, son) owned Double Diamond before Frederick Smythe
town Smitty blacksmith
1 Sophie McLeod young widow, owner of Tanner’s Ford Hotel
town Stumpy livery stable, wagon rental, stage coach
1 Sunbird MacDougal Bannock 2nd wife of Finan, mother of Ross, Nevin, Malcolm (in Texas)
1 Trace Elliott oldest, throat injury, marries Beth; runs Rocking E ranch with Simon and Jack
5 Victoria Adams (Edison) hired by Smythe to accompany his belongings west and be housekeeper
1 Walt Chamberlain old prospector and mountain man
7 Willy (William) Wright younger, much bigger, brother to Casey
6 Zach (Zachary) McInnes oldest son of Dougal and Mary; from Texas, brother to Gideon, cousin to Rusty


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