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Bibliography

Dana, Robert: Two Years Before The Mast

Davis, William Heath.   Seventy-Five Years in California.   San Francisco: J. Howell, 1929.

Migration and Empire 1830–1939

 

 

Timeline

Date

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Canon Reference

Chapter reference or Another of my stories

16 April, 1746

Jean Lancret, a French supporter of Bonnie Prince Charlie was killed at Battle of Culloden, east of Inverness. His wife of less than six months, Ailsa nee MacKenzie (d.1800) returned to her family near Inverness with her unborn child . A son , whom she named John after his father, was born early December 1746. To avoid identification as a Jacobite, she was persuaded by her family to drop the ‘t' from her last name and to change the pronunciation to ‘Lancer'. With gold left by her husband and help from her family a small estate was purchased for the benefit of her son, who when he came of age became what was called a ‘bonnet laird', a landowner who farmed his land himself rather than employing or renting out to others to do it.

 

Chapter 7, A Novel Encounter

circa 1775

John Lancre (d.1818) married Isabel Gordon (d.1824). Their children: John b.1777 d 1784, Morag b.1779 (m Alexander Fraser), Ailsa b.1781 (m James Chisholm), William b. 1783 (m.?), John b.1786, Isabel b.1787 (m. Fergus Macaskill), Elizabeth b.1790 d.1795 and Arabella b.1793 (m. William MacNeil)

 

Chapter 7, A Novel Encounter

1809

William (Willie) Lancre goes to the Americas with the army and never returns. Known to have married the daughter of a German immigrant in New York state and moved west.

Chad , S2/E15

Chapter 7, A Novel Encounter

1810

John Lancer b.1786 marries Ellen MacKinnon b.1790, daughter of Murdoch and Margaret MacKinnon. Their children: John (Jock) b.1812, Margaret (Maggie) b.1815, Murdoch b.1817 and Isabel b. & d.1820

 

Chapter 1, From Highlands

1826

John Lancer b.1786 killed trying to rescue a steer.

 

Chapter 3, Bonnie Prince Charlie; Like Father, Like Son , 2014

1834

Murdoch starts as assistant factor.

 

Chapter 1, From Highlands

1835

Murdoch rescues a bull calf, which he names Bonnie Prince Charlie, and comes to a profitable arrangement with the local laird.

 

Chapter 3, Bonnie Prince Charlie

1839

Margaret (Maggie) Lancer m. Robert (Rob) McInnes

 

Chapter 1, From Highlands; Chapter 12 Season of Goodwill

1841

Murdoch takes over as factor.

 

Chapter 1, From Highlands

February/March, 1842

 

Murdoch farewells his family in Inverness.

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 1 From Highlands; An Early Christmas Present , 2013

1842

Murdoch sails from Greenock to Boston on the Duchess of Argyle.

 

Chapter 2, All at Sea

1842

Murdoch meets Ben Telford on the voyage to America.

 

Chapter 2, All at Sea; Past Imperfect , 2014

March/April, 1842

Ellen Euphemia McInnes, b. Inverness, Scotland, daughter of Rob and Maggie McInnes

 

Chapter 12, Season of Goodwill

March/April, 1842

Murdoch's successor as factor, Angus Cameron and his daughter Elspeth arrive in Inverness.

 

Chapter 12, Season of Goodwill

Mid-April, 1842

Murdoch arrives in Boston.

 

Chapter 4, In America Now

April, 1842

Murdoch meets bank manager Douglas Muir, who gives him the details of three potential investors.

 

Chapter 4, In America Now

April-May, 1842

Murdoch stays at Matilda Merriweather's boarding house where he first meets Jim Harper.

Juniper's Camp , S1/E21

Chapter 4, In America Now;

April, 1842

Murdoch meets land agents George W. Burke and his son Alfred.

 

Chapter 5, The Business of Land

April, 1842

Murdoch meets Beth McIntyre and Catherine Garrett.

 

Chapter 6, A Series of Meetings; the Eliot Series 2014-

April, 1842

Murdoch meets lawyer James McIntyre.

 

Chapter 6, A Series of Meetings

April, 1842

Murdoch meets with three possible investors: Edgar Harraway, George Muller and Harlan Garrett. His interest in Catherine Garrett upsets her father.

 

Chapter 6, A Series of Meetings

April-May, 1842

Murdoch courts Catherine Garrett.

 

Chapter 7, A Novel Encounter; Chapter 8, Common Ground; Chapter 9, Boston Times

May, 1842

Murdoch secures George Muller as an investor.

 

Chapter 9, Boston Times

May, 1842

Murdoch departs with Alfred Burke aboard the Mary Ann to California via the Isthmus of Panama.

 

Chapter 10, Letters to Catherine

11 June, 1842

Murdoch disembarks from the barque, Artemis , in Monterey, the capital of California, then part of Mexico.

 

Chapter 10, Letters to Catherine

June, 1842

Murdoch becomes a citizen of Mexico.

 

Chapter 10, Letters to Catherine

June, 1842

Murdoch arrives with Alfred Burke at the Estancia Talavera in the San Joaquin Valley.

 

Chapter 11, Early Days

Late June/early July, 1842

Murdoch signs the sale and purchase agreement with Alfred Burke and the Estancia Talavera becomes the Estancia Lancer. He meets foreman Jose Ramos, vaquero Cipriano (canon) Ramirez, and housekeeper Estella Hernandez. Also Dons Allende, Caldera and Marques.

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 11, Early Days; Past Imperfect , 2014

July, 1842

John (Jock) Lancer m. Elspeth Cameron.

 

Chapter 12, The Season of Goodwill

October, 1842

Legally endorsed land deeds received.

 

Chapter 12, The Season of Goodwill

December, 1842

Purchase of Estancia Lancer confirmed as complete by James McIntyre and Associates.

 

Chapter 12, The Season of Goodwill

February, 1843

Murdoch leaves California for Boston.

 

 

Early March, 1843

Murdoch arrives back in Boston aboard the clipper Sea Witch.

 

Chapter 13, Luck Run Out

March, 1843

Harlan Garrett refuses to allow Murdoch to see Catherine and tries to undermine him financially. Murdoch is helped by Jim Harper.

Juniper's Camp , S1/E21

Chapter 13, Luck Run Out; Chapter 14 The Tide Turns; Chapter 15 The Great Escape

Late March, 1843

Murdoch Lancer marries Catherine Garrett in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

 

Chapter 16, Love and Honour

Late March, 1843

Murdoch and Catherine Lancer depart Boston for California aboard the Amazonian.

 

Chapter 16, Love and Honour

Mid-May, 1843

Murdoch and Catherine arrive at Lancer.

 

Chapter 17, Good to be Home

27 May, 1843

Murdoch arrives with his first cattle drive in Yerba Buena.

 

Chapter 17, Good to be Home

December, 1843

Daniel Johnson brings his mail order bride, Sarah, from Rhode Island to Green River.

 

Chapter 18, Catherine

1844-1846

Bandits and Jud Haney and his highriders menace the San Joaquin Valley.

 

 

16 Feb, 1844

John Cameron Lancer born in Inverness, son of Jock and Elspeth Lancer.

 

Chapter 18, Catherine

March, 1844

Murdoch McKinnon retires.

 

Chapter 18, Catherine

Spring, 1844

Beth McIntyre becomes engaged to Dr Robert Eliot and Ben Telford leaves Boston.

 

Chapter 18, Catherine

Summer, 1844

Wedding of Angela Caldera Martinez to Capit á n Diego Perez Rodrigues in San Joaquin Valley.

 

Chapter 18, Catherine

Late Summer, 1844

Second child of Maggie and Rob McInnes born in Inverness.

 

Chapter 18, Catherine

September, 1844

Beth McIntyre marries Dr Robert Eliot in Boston.

 

Chapter 18, Catherine

November, 1844

Governor confirms no help from the Mexican government to help with the problem of bandits and Jud Haney.

 

Chapter 18, Catherine

April/May, 1845

Catherine tells Murdoch she is expecting their first child - due early January 1946.

 

Chapter 19, Jud Haney

June, 1845

Murdoch writes to Harlan Garrett and asks him to come and take Catherine back to Boston. Alfred Burke carries the letter.

 

Chapter 19, Jud Haney

August, 1845

Alfred Burke delivers Murdoch's letter to Harlan Garrett.

 

Chapter 19, Jud Haney

December, 1845

The barn is set on fire and Harlan Garrett arrives at Lancer.

 

Chapter 19, Jud Haney

19 December, 1845

Scott Garrett Lancer born Carterville, California (about 2 am).

Legacy S2 / E10

Chapter 20, God Giveth and…


20 December, 1845

Catherine Lancer dies near Carterville, California (about 6am) and Paul O'Brien arrives at Lancer (at about 10am) with the news of Scott's birth and Catherine's danger.

Murdoch away by 11am.

Legacy S2 / E10

Chapter 20, God Giveth and…

21 December, 1845

Murdoch shoots bushwhacker Joel Deegan in the afternoon and arrives in Carterville (about 7 pm) to find Catherine was buried that morning (about 11 am).

Legacy S2 / E10

Chapter 20, God Giveth and…

22 December, 1845

Murdoch visited Catherine's grave and left for Yerba Buena.

 

Chapter 20, God Giveth and…

23 December, 1845

Murdoch reaches Yerba Buena (about 4 pm) in pursuit of his son and Harlan Garrett.

 

Chapter 20, God Giveth and…

24 December, 1845

Scott and his grandfather sail for Boston aboard the Charleston .

 

Chapter 20, God Giveth and…

25 December, 1845

Murdoch and maid Maria spend a wet Christmas Day in Yerba Buena.

 

Chapter 21, Grief and Anger

26-27 December, 1845

Murdoch and maid Maria travel to Carterville.

 

Chapter 21, Grief and Anger

28 December, 1845

Murdoch goes back to Devil's canyon leaving Maria at Carterville, but returns after finding no one and no body.

Legacy S2 / E10

Chapter 21, Grief and Anger

29 December, 1845

Murdoch and maid Maria go to Sutter's Fort.

 

Chapter 21, Grief and Anger

31 December, 1845 Just before midnight

Murdoch arrives back at Lancer with maid Maria.

 

Chapter 21, Grief and Anger

Late January/February1846

Murdoch threatens to kill Jud Haney if he ever sees him again.

Yesterday's Vendetta , S1/E16

Chapter 21, Grief and Anger

10 February, 1846

Robert McIntyre Eliot (Bobby) born in Boston.

 

Chapter 22, Revival; the Eliot Series

Second quarter 1846

Mexican soldiers encamp in the San Joaquin Valley.

 

Chapter 22, Revival

13 May, 1846

US Congress declares war against Mexico.

 

 

15 June, 1846

Sonoma Revolt—California Republic declared (lasted 26 days).

 

Chapter 22, Revival

7 July, 1846

US ships occupied Monterey.US Navy Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the United States during the Mexican-American War.  

 

 

9 July, 1846

US Navy Captain John Berrien Montgomery and US Marine Second Lieutenant Henry Bulls Watson of theUSS Portsmouthtook over Yerba Buena and San Francisco Bay.  

 

 

31 July, 1846

Yerba Buena doubled in population when 240 Mormon migrants arrived from the East coast.  

 

 

13 August, 1846

US marines took over Los Angeles (largest town in California with a population of 3,500).  

 

 

September, 1846

Californio revolt in Los Angeles.  

 

 

Late October, 1846

Murdoch leaves with Jay McKillen for the Colorados.

The Great Humbug , S1/E20

Chapter 22, Revival

Winter 1846-1847

Donner Party tragedy

 

 

19 December, 1846

Scott's first birthday

 

Chapter 23, Reunion

13 January 1847

Treaty of Cahuenga—hostilities between Mexico and USA ceased.  

 

Chapter 23, Reunion

Late January, 1847

Shoshone attack Jay McKillen and Murdoch's camp in the Colorados.

The Great Humbug , S1/E20

Chapter 22, Revival

30 January, 1847

Yerba Buena renamed to San Francisco.  

 

Chapter 23, Reunion

September, 1847

Cipriano Ramirez Cruz marries Maria Hernandez Moreno at Morro Coyo.  

 

Chapter 23, Reunion

October, 1847

Eduardo Hernandez (husband of Estella and father of Maria) is killed.

 

Chapter 23, Reunion

18 December, 1847

Murdoch arrives back in Boston.

 

Chapter 23, Reunion

December, 1847 (the week before Scott's birthday)

Catherine Elizabeth Eliot (Katie) is born in Boston.

 

Chapter 23, Reunion; Past Imperfect , 2014 and other stories in the Eliot Series, 2015

19 December, 1847

Scott's second birthday

 

Chapter 23, Reunion

23 January, 1848

Baptism of Catherine Elizabeth Eliot, Boston

 

Chapter 23, Reunion

24 January, 1848

Murdoch leaves Boston for California

 

Chapter 23, Reunion

24 January, 1848

Gold discovered in the American River at Sutter's Mill, New Helvetia, California (Now Coloma near Sacramento)  

 

Chapter 26, Discovery

2 February, 1848

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo signed in Mexico City ends the Mexican-American War and cedes territories to the USA: Alta California; Texas; Arizona; New Mexico; Utah; Nevada; and parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas. Residents of those territories automatically become American citizens.

 

Chapter 24, Matamoros

February, 1848

Murdoch arrives injured in Matamoros, Mexico after his ship the Cassandra is wrecked in a storm, and he meets Maria.

 

Chapter 24, Matamoros

March, 1848

San Francisco newspaper publisher and merchant Samuel Brannan publicises the discovery of gold and the Californian Gold Rush truly begins. (See ‘Californian', 15 March 1848.)  

 

Chapter 26, Discovery

Late April, 1848

Murdoch marries Maria in Matamoros.

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter25, New Beginning

Late May, 1848

Murdoch and Maria arrive back at Lancer.

 

Chapter25, New Beginning

June – December, 1848

Maria struggles to settle in at Lancer.

 

Chapter 26, Discovery

19 August, 1848

‘New York Herald' publishes the news of gold in California.

 

Chapter 26, Discovery

5 December, 1848

US President James Polk confirms to Congress the discovery on gold in California.

 

Chapter 26, Discovery

23 December, 1848

John Tomàs Lancer born at Estancia Lancer, near Morro Coyo, San Joaquin Valley, California.

 

Chapter 27, December 23rd

1849

Murdoch and Maria learn to be parents.

The Lawman S1/E5

Chapter 28, Surprising Developments

1849

Cattle prices skyrocket and Murdoch pays his foremen a bonus.

 

Chapter 28, Surprising Developments

Early 1849

G.W. Burke and Sons open a branch in San Francisco, and Alfred and Charlotte Burke move their family from Boston to San Francisco.

 

Chapter 28, Surprising Developments; Past Imperfect , 2014

Mid 1849

James McIntyre and Associates open offices in San Francisco, and Will and Anne McIntyre move with their family from Boston to San Francisco.

 

Chapter 28, Surprising Developments; Past Imperfect , 2014

May/June, 1849

Johnny learns to crawl.

 

Chapter 28, Surprising Developments

September, 1849

Ball in San Francisco: Murdoch buys jewellery and a grandfather clock from Greenspan's Jewellery Store, Murdoch puts his back out, and Murdoch and Maria meet Thurston Cole.

The Little Darling of the Sierras S2/E12 ; Devil's Blessing S1/E26.

Chapter 29, The Boom

23 December, 1849

Johnny's first birthday and the first time he kisses a girl.

 

Chapter 30, Ups and Downs

25 December, 1849

The only real Christmas Murdoch, Maria and Johnny spend together.

 

Chapter 30, Ups and Downs

1850-1851

San Jose acts as capital of California.

 

 

January, 1850

Murdoch travels to Sonora in Mexico to buy some breeding cattle from his friend Juan Contanado. Paul O'Brien is blinded temporarily.

Death Bait , S1/E14

Chapter 30, Ups and Downs

Spring, 1850

Rustling and stage coach robberies increase. Jud Haney is thought to be among those responsible.

Yesterday's Vendetta , S1/E16

Chapter 30, Ups and Downs

Spring/Summer, 1850

Maria faces increased bigotry

 

Chapter 30, Ups and Downs

Summer, 1850

Thurstan Cole arrives in Green River.

 

Chapter 30, Ups and Downs

9 September, 1850

California achieves statehood.

 

 

Autumn, 1850

US Deputy Marshall Joe Barker arrives in the San Joaquin Valley in pursuit of Jud Haney.

The Lawman S1/E5; Yesterday's Vendetta , S1/E16

Chapter 30, Ups and Downs

November, 1850

The bloomer incident

 

Chapter 30, Ups and Downs

November, 1850

Murdoch goes back to Boston to fetch Scott.

 

Chapter 31, One Down

17 December, 1850

Murdoch arrives in Boston. Harlan Garrett leaves a message that it is not convenient to have him stay. He is invited to stay with the Eliot family.

 

Chapter 31, One Down; Past Imperfect , 2014

19 December, 1850

Scott's fifth birthday. Murdoch finds out at the party that Harlan Garrett will not let his grandson go without a fight.

Legacy S2 / E10

Chapter 31, One Down

1851

Board of California Land Commissioners established and all holders of Spanish and Mexican land grants had to prove their ownership under U.S. law.

 

 

January, 1851

Murdoch leaves Boston for California without Scott.

 

Chapter 31, One Down

January, 1851

Paul O'Brien marries Angel Day in Sacramento

Angel Day and her Sunshine Girls , S1/E19

Chapter 32, Two to Go

February, 1851

Murdoch arrives back at Lancer.

 

Chapter 32, Two to Go

May, 1851

Cattle drive to San Francisco and Murdoch visits San Jose, staying with Cleve Harper, to lodge his claims with the Land Commission.

Glory , S1/E10

Chapter 32, Two to Go

June, 1851

Maria runs away with gambler Thurstan Cole, taking Johnny with her.

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 32, Two to Go; The Beginning , 2013

July, 1851

Eduardo Cipriano Ramirez Hernandez, son of Cipriano and Maria, born at the Estancia Lancer, near Morro Coyo.

 

Chapter 33, Gone But Not Forgotten

Late August, 1851

Jud Haney is captured and Joe Barker leaves the San Joaquin Valley.

Yesterday's Vendetta , S1/E16; The Lawman S1/E5

Chapter 33, Gone But Not Forgotten

Autumn, 1851

Marcy Adams and family moved to Green River.

The Prodigal , S1/E7

Chapter 33, Gone But Not Forgotten

November, 1851 to February, 1852

Murdoch tracks Maria and Johnny as far as El Paso del Norte. He meets Maria's cousin, Luisa Flores, but returns to the ranch without finding his wife and son.

Devil's Blessing, S1/E26

Chapter 34, Searching

1852-1853

Vallejo acts as capital of California.

 

 

January, 1852

Teresa Grace O'Brien is born at the Estancia Lancer, near Morro Coyo. Daughter of Paul and Angel O'Brien.

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 34, Searching

Late February, 1852

Murdoch becomes Teresa's godfather and the O'Brien family move to Sacramento.

 

Chapter 34, Searching

Spring, 1852

Murdoch buys some new boots.

 

Chapter 35, Old Friends and New

Spring, 1852

Henry and Aggie Conway move into the neighbourhood.

The Rivals , S2/E24

Chapter 35, Old Friends and New

Spring, 1852

Murdoch starts to go out with Marcy Adams.

 

Chapter 35, Old Friends and New

Spring, 1852

Cipriano replaces Paul as foreman

 

Chapter 35, Old Friends and New

May, 1852

Cattle drive to San Francisco

 

Chapter 35, Old Friends and New

May, 1852

Murdoch is reunited with his old friend, Ben Telford.

 

Chapter 35, Old Friends and New;

Summer, 1852

Murdoch fights over Marcy Adams with Charlie Dane.

The Prodigal , S1/E7

Chapter 36, Women Troubles

September, 1852

Murdoch visits Paul O'Brien after the cattle drive to Sacramento and discovers that Angel O'Brien has just run off with another man.

 

Chapter 36, Women Troubles

Late September, 1852

Paul and Teresa O'Brien come back to live at Lancer.

 

 

Chapter 36, Women Troubles

Early November, 1852

Ben Telford brings his family from St Louis to live in San Francisco and arrives at Lancer with some news.

 

 

Chapter 37, New Orleans; Past Imperfect , 2014

November, 1852

Murdoch travels to New Orleans in search of Maria and Johnny.

 

Chapter 37, New Orleans

December, 1852 to January, 1853

Murdoch pursues Maria, Johnny and Cole from Louisiana to Matamoros and through Texas.

 

 

Chapter 38, The Chase

1853-1854

Benicia acts as capital of California.

 

 

February, 1853

Dolph Cramer takes over as manager of the stagecoach office when Herbert Adams gets a transfer to Sacramento.

 

Goodbye Lizzie , S2/E23

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

February, 1853

Murdoch returns to the ranch without Maria and Johnny to find Harlan Garrett's first annual report about Scott.

 

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

March, 1853

Magdalena Hernandez is engaged to a vaquero from the Estancia Caldera.

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

26 March, 1853

Marcy Adams marries Charlie Dane in Sacramento.

 

The Prodigal , S1/E7

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

April, 1853

Murdoch receives news that his brother Jock and his wife Elspeth were expecting another child.

 

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On; An Early Christmas Present , 2013

 

Cipriano and Maria Ramirez announce they are expecting another child.

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

1853

Cattle prices begin to drop

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

Early May, 1853

Ben, Rachel, Jake and Andy Telford come to visit for two weeks.

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

May, 1853

Murdoch receives news that his sister Maggie and her husband Rob McInnes are expecting another child.

 

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

July, 1853

Christopher Johnson is born in Green River, son of Daniel and Sarah.

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

October, 1853

Miguel Ramirez dies.

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

Late November, 1853

Murdoch goes searching again.

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

1854

Sacramento becomes the capital of California.

 

 

February, 1854

Murdoch returns from his search unsuccessful.

 

 

Chapter 39, Life Goes On

October, 1854

José Ramos retires as foreman, and leaves Lancer to help his son Javier build his ranch.

 

 

Chapter 40, Changing Times

 

Paul O'Brien becomes a foreman (Segundo) again.

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 40, Changing Times

28 January, 1855

Murdoch MacKinnon, Murdoch's maternal grandfather, died in Inverness, Scotland, aged 87.

 

 

Chapter 40, Changing Times

1855

Dr George Owens marries Isabel.

 

Chapter 40, Changing Times

Mid- 1855

Murdoch receives sketches of Scott from Beth Eliot.

 

 

Chapter 40, Changing Times; Past Imperfect , 2014; The Visit, 2015

April, 1856

Vallejo land near Spanish Wells confiscated for back taxes.

 

The Last Train for Charlie Poe , S1/E9

Chapter 40, Changing Times

August, 1856

Don Frederigo Caldera gives up some of his land to the American government rather than pay the taxes.

 

Chapter 40, Changing Times

1857

Murdoch receives the patent for the bulk of his land from the Land Commission. Don Frederigo also receives the patent for the remainder of his land and puts it up for sale.

 

 

Chapter 40, Changing Times

November, 1857

Lancer's rejected land claims are re-submitted to the Land Commission with their improved survey reports.

 

 

Chapter 40, Changing Times

1857

Butterfield stagecoach line (Overland Mail Company) starts operations: twenty-five days to go from San Francisco to St Louis.

 

Chapter 40, Changing Times

Early 1858

Paul O'Brien starts the myth that Angel is dead and Teresa starts to put flowers on a grave.

 

Angel Day and her Sunshine Girls , S1/E19

Chapter 41, Staying Silent

May, 1858

Chickenpox epidemic and Christopher Johnson loses his hearing.

 

 

Chapter 41, Staying Silent

November, 1858

The Johnson family move from Green River to Hartford, Connecticut.

 

Chapter 41, Staying Silent

October, 1859

Murdoch heads to Abilene (Mud Creek), Kansas in search of Johnny and Maria. He is reunited with Joe Barker and meets Nate Benedict and George Cameron.

The Lawman S1/E5; The Experiment , S2/E18; The Measure of a Man , S1/E25;

Chapter 42, Abilene; The Beginning , 2013

November, 1859

Murdoch meets Godfrey Evans in Mud Creek (Abilene).

The Little Darling of the Sierras , S2/E12

Chapter 43, The Grand Finale

January, 1860

Murdoch fights Thurstan Cole in Abilene, but Cole gets away.

 

 

Chapter 43, The Grand Finale

1860

Mud Creek, Kansas officially becomes Abilene

 

 

Chapter 42, Abilene

1860

On Henry Conway's suggestion, Murdoch employs the Pinkerton agency to continue his search for Johnny.

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1; The Rivals , S2/E24

Chapter 44, Robbery and Reports

1860

Stagecoach robberies increase.

 

Chapter 44, Robbery and Reports

1860

Dr Elijah Mort settles in Morro Coyo

The Splinter Group, S2/E19

Chapter 44, Robbery and Reports

September, 1860

Murdoch attends the first annual Stock Agents Association auction in San Francisco. Also attending: Cleve Harper from San Jose, Donald Murphy, Clem Carvin and Tim Phillips. Murdoch buys a quit claim in Cabot Springs from Murphy.

 

Glory , S1/E10; The Prodigal , S1/E7: Shadow of a Dead Man , S2/E13

Chapter 44, Robbery and Reports

October, 1860

Murdoch receives the first Pinkerton Report about Johnny

 

Chapter 44, Robbery and Reports; The Beginning , 2013

January, 1861

The annual report from Harlan Garrett tells Murdoch that Scott in interested in the current political and economic situation.

 

Chapter 44, Robbery and Reports

February, 1861

Baltimore Plot, a conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln, foiled by Allan Pinkerton.

 

 

Chapter 44, Robbery and Reports

12 April, 1861

The American Civil Wars begins

 

Chapter 45, Human and Mother Nature

12 April, 1861

Dolph Cramer is arrested

Goodbye Lizzie , S2/E23

Chapter 45, Human and Mother Nature

Late May, 1861

Elizabeth and Jenny Cramer leave Green River to start a new life.

Goodbye Lizzie , S2/E23

Chapter 45, Human and Mother Nature

25 April-28 May, 1861

Johnny attended the mission school in San Andres, Sonora.

 

 

Chapter 46, Loss; The Beginning, 2013

28 May, 1861

Maria Lancer is killed by Thurstan Cole in San Andres, Sonora, Mexico and buried two days later.

 

 

Chapter 46, Loss; The Beginning, 2013

June, 1861

Johnny goes with drover Abe Wainwright to a ranch in northern Arizona owned by Josef Heinemann.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age; The Beginning, 2013

24 October, 1861

Transcontinental Telegraph completed

 

 

 

December, 1861 to 1862

The Great Flood

 

Chapter 45, Human and Mother Nature

1862-1864

Drought follows the flood in California.

 

Chapter 46, Loss

April, 1862

Johnny accompanies shootist Mac Dawson to Henderson in southern California. Dawson takes a job as sheriff and Johnny is employed as a shootist at the nearby Estancia Vargas.

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age; The Beginning, 2013

About September, 1862

Harlan allows Scott to join the First Corps of Cadets, a militia group in Boston.

 

Chapter 46, Loss

December, 1862 to July, 1863

Vicksburg Campaign.

 

Chapter 46, Loss

18 March, 1863

Sheriff Mac Dawson is killed by a bank robber. Johnny shoots his killer dead and then begins the nomadic life of a pistolero with a gun for hire.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age; The Beginning , 2013

Easter, 1863

Scott secretly enlists in the Union Army. He is brevetted as Second Lieutenant in the cavalry under Col. Grierson.

 

 

Chapter 46, Loss

17 April-2 May, 1863

Grierson's Raid

 

Chapter 46, Loss

18 May-4 July, 1863

Siege of Vicksburg

The Escape , S1/E12

Chapter 46, Loss

1863

Scott is transferred to the Massachusetts 83 rd serving under Major General Philip Sheridan. His rank of Second Lieutenant is confirmed.

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 46, Loss

February, 1864

Bob Eliot enlists in the Union Navy

 

 

Chapter 48, 1865

11 May, 1864

Battle of Yellow Tavern

 

 

Chapter 46, Loss

14 May, 1864

Second Lieutenant Scott Lancer is captured by Confederate soldiers. He is eventually sent to Belle Isle Prisoner of War camp in Richmond, Virginia along with others from the 83 rd .

 

The Escape , S1/E12

Chapter 46, Loss

1864

Acme Railroad constructs a spur within thirty miles of Lancer.

 

The Rivals , S2/E24

Chapter 46, Loss

3 August, 1864

Thurston Cole is shot dead by Johnny Madrid in the Silver Dollar Saloon, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

 

Chapter 46, Loss; Chapter 50, Worsening Times ; The Beginning, 2013

January,1865

Murdoch travels to Mexico to exchange bulls with his friend Juan Contanado and to visit San Andres, Sonora where Maria died and was buried.

 

Chapter 46, Loss; The Beginning, 2013.

February, 1865

Murdoch meets Zhang Longwei and together they survive the badlands.

 

Chapter 47, Longwei: Beautiful Wind , 2013

3 April, 1865

Liberation of Richmond and the prisoners in Belle Isle Prison.

 

 

Chapter 48, 1865

9 April, 1865

Confederate General Lee surrendered to Union General Grant at the Appomattox Court House.

 

Chapter 48, 1865

15 April, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln was shot dead in Washington, D.C.

 

Chapter 48, 1865

9 May, 1865

American Civil War officially declared to be over.

 

 

Chapter 48, 1865

Late June, 1865

Murdoch finally gets news from Harlan Garrett of Scott's release from Belle Isle Prison.

 

 

Chapter 48, 1865

Late June, 1865

Estella Hernandez retires and her daughter, Maria Ramirez, takes over as the Hacienda Lancer's housekeeper.

 

 

Chapter 48, 1865

Late June, 1865

Murdoch writes to Robert and Beth Eliot in the hope they will have more news of Scott, and he again commissions the Pinkerton Agency to search for Johnny.

 

 

Chapter 48, 1865

Early July, 1865

Henry Conway dies at his ranch near Green River.

 

The Rivals , S2/E24

Chapter 48, 1865

Mid 1865

Dr Robert Eliot reports to Murdoch on Scott's condition.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

September, 1865

Bob Eliot starts at the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

Late 1865

Jeremiah Kingsley re-employed as Scott's tutor.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

November, 1865

The Land Commission issues the last of the patents for Lancer.

 

 

Chapter 48, 1865

November, 1865

Will McIntyre visits the ranch and presents Murdoch with a map of Lancer.

 

 

Chapter 48, 1865

December, 1865

Godfrey and Annabel Evans visit Lancer with their daughter Penny-Rose.

The Little Darling of the Sierras , S2/E12

Chapter 48, 1865

1866-

Many ranchers forced off their land by legislation, flood, drought and debt. Land is subdivided or big corporations take over.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

Mid-Late 1866

Mark Twain tours California and Murdoch and Aggie go to hear him speak.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

October, 1866

Murdoch receives the Pinkerton Agency's first annual report with a hopeful lead

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

December, 1866

Teresa O'Brien goes to her first public dance in Morro Coyo.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

19 December, 1866

Scott turns 21 and Murdoch sends him a telegram.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

January, 1867

Harlan Garrett sends Murdoch his final annual report.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

February, 1867

Bob Eliot asks Scott how he feels about Murdoch.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age; Past Imperfect , 2014

1867

Lancer starts to use barbed wire, and begins work on a road to Spanish Wells.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

July, 1867

Murdoch pays his taxes and reads a dime novel about Johnny Madrid.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age

August, 1867

Murdoch receives the Pinkerton Report that tells him his son is Johnny Madrid.

 

 

Chapter 49, Coming of Age; Chapter 50, Worsening Times

February, 1868

Death of Murdoch's mother, Ellen Lancer nee MacKinnon in Inverness, Scotland.

 

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

March, 1868

Annabel Evans dies of scarlet fever.

The Little Darling of the Sierras , S2/E12

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

April, 1868

Murdoch receives a photograph of his mother with his brother Jock and family (wife Elspeth and children: Cam, Bella, Nell, Angus and Jinny) along with the memorial card for Ellen Lancer.

 

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

1868

Catherine Johnson, daughter of Daniel and Sarah Johnson in Hartford, Connecticut is now working as a nurse.

 

 

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

June, 1868

Bob Eliot graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy.

 

 

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

1868

Beth and Katie Eliot are active in the women's suffrage movement.

 

 

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

September, 1868

Jamie Eliot starts at the Harvard School of Medicine.

 

 

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

September, 1868

Another Pinkerton Report arrives.

 

 

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

1868

Land piracy becomes a problem again.

 

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

1869

The name of Day Pardee becomes well-known in connection with the increasing land piracy.

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 50, Worsening Times; Day Pardee , 2014

Spring, 1869

The San Joaquin Valley branch of the Cattle Growers Association request a U.S. Marshall to be sent to deal with the highriders, but none are available.

 

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

10 May, 1869

The Transcontinental Railroad is completed.

 

 

 

Mid 1869

Murdoch writes to Joe Barker, offering him some of Lancer if he will come and fight for it. He receives no reply.

 

The Lawman S1/E5

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

November, 1869

Day Pardee and one of his men steal a prize stallion from Lancer.

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

November, 1869

Day Pardee murders Paul O'Brien in Morro Coyo and shoots Murdoch, leaving him severely injured.

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

December, 1869

Teresa O'Brien moves into the hacienda as Murdoch's ward.

 

 

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 50, Worsening Times; A Tale of Four Stockings , 2014

December, 1869

Murdoch engages the Pinkerton Agency to deliver messages to his sons, offering $1000 each for an hour of their time.

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

January, 1870

Murdoch receives a formal letter from Scott agreeing to come to Lancer.

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 50, Worsening Times

February, 1870

Murdoch receives word from the Pinkerton Agency that their agent rescued Johnny Madrid from a Mexican firing squad and delivered his message. Johnny has said he would come.

 

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 50, Worsening Times; What If… , 2013

February/March, 1870

Scott and Johnny arrive at Lancer.

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 51, Highriders

February/March, 1870

Day 1: Murdoch, Scott and Johnny meet.

A corn field is burned by highriders.

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 51, Highriders

February/March, 1870

Day 2: Johnny goes into Morro Coyo alone and meets with Day Pardee.

Scott and Teresa go into Morro Coyo together, and Scott has a fight with Pardee's men.

Vaquero Gaspar Mendez and his wife Maria are murdered by Day Pardee and his men.

Scott and the Lancer vaqueros ride out in pursuit of Pardee's gang.

Johnny refuses to go with them, but leaves the ranch. He later appears to join Pardee.

 

The Homecoming (Pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 51, Highriders; What If… , 2013; Day Pardee , 2014

February/March, 1870

Day 3: Scott and the Lancer vaqueros return to Lancer to prepare for an assault by Pardee and his men.

Johnny attempts to kill Day Pardee in a one-on-one gunfight, but they are interrupted by Coley, one of Pardee's men. Johnny kills Coley and gets away, leading the highriders towards Lancer shooting so that the ranch is warned of their approach. Johnny is shot.

Scott shoots and kills Day Pardee.

The Homecoming (pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 51, Highriders

March, 1870

Murdoch, Scott and Johnny sign the contract that makes them partners.

 

The Homecoming (pilot)/ The Highriders , S1/E1

Chapter 51, Highriders

April, 1870

Murdoch and his sons rescue Ben Wallis when he runs off to meet his outlaw father, Morgan Price.

 

Blood Rock , S1/E2

Chapter 52, To Homecoming

May/June, 1870

Day 1: Murdoch gives Johnny his grandfather's watch; Johnny catches a wild stallion; cattle get through the unfinished fence in the south gully; Johnny shoots Eli Stryker; Johnny leaves Lancer with Wes; Johnny sells the watch to the liveryman

 

To Chase A Wild Horse , S1/E3

Chapter 52, To Homecoming; What If… , 2013

May/June, 1870

Day 2: Eli Stryker dies; Scott finds Johnny in a nearby town, but he refuses to come home; Wes is killed by the stallion; Samuel and Davy Stryker and their men stake out the hacienda; Scott returns to Lancer; Scott is grazed by a bullet; Johnny returns to the ranch; final confrontation with the Strykers; acknowledgement of the true homecoming.

To Chase A Wild Horse , S1/E3

Chapter 52, To Homecoming

 

 

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