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The life we led, that doesn't go away. It's never over.
Abigail Marston

Abigail Marston (née Roberts) is a recurring character in the Red Dead series, featured as a major character in both Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption II.

With the addition of the Liars and Cheats DLC pack, Abigail Marston is also a multiplayer character model that may be selected in the 'Redemption' section of the Outfitter.

Biography in RDR 2 (click to enlarge)



Abigail Marston was born in 1877 as Abigail Roberts. An orphan, Abigail is said to have ridden with the members of the Van der Linde gang: Dutch van der Linde, Bill Williamson, Javier Escuella and John Marston, after being introduced to them all by Uncle in 1894, as a prostitute and often slept with all the members of the gang. She ultimately fell in love with John and fell pregnant with their son, Jack, when she was only eighteen and later, their unnamed daughter. Abigail and John then sought protection for their children.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

An orphan who grew up scraping out a living in dive bars and brothels in the West, Abigail is a strong, straight‐talking woman who has seen a lot of life and knows what it takes to survive against the odds.
Rockstar Games' description of Abigail.

Abigail first appears after traveling with the rest of the Van der Linde gang through the mountains following their botched ferry heist in Blackwater, taking shelter in an abandoned mining town. Not long after which she reluctantly requests that Arthur Morgan go out into the snowstorm and bring back John Marston, to which after some convincing from Hosea, to which he grudgingly agrees.

Events of Red Dead Redemption

In 1911, Abigail and Jack are abducted by Edgar Ross and agents of the newly appointed Bureau of Investigation. John is extorted into seeking out his former comrades throughout New Austin, Nuevo Paraiso and into West Elizabeth before their eventual release. During their time in captivity, Abigail stresses how difficult it was for Jack. She also hints that a guard made sexual advances but, with a little prompting on Mrs. Marston’s side, regretted that decision and no one tried it again.

Marston Ranch

Upon John's return to the ranch, Abigail criticizes him for having left, afraid that he had rejoined the gang. He assures her that that life is over and things on the ranch return to some level of normality.

Abigail hates the crows that attack the silo and asks John to get rid of them once and for all. Later, Abigail received a telegram from Bonnie MacFarlane telling them about the crops they lost from pests.

Some days after the reunion, the ranch is assaulted by Edgar Ross and a large contingent of U.S. Army soldiers and lawmen. Uncle is killed in the initial assault, with Abigail and Jack fleeing to the barn alongside John.

John demands that Jack ride Abigail to safety. John lies saying that he will catch up. Accepting the realities of John's imminent sacrifice, Abigail and John declare their love and kiss before John sends the horse out the back door of the barn.

John returns to the approaching lawmen and is shot and killed in a showdown by their overwhelming numbers. Hearing the gunshots cease, Abigail demands that Jack return to the ranch. There they find John's bloodied body. Abigail is seen mourning the loss of her husband, clinging to Jack for support.


In 1914, Abigail Marston has died at the age of 37 from unknown causes and Jack buries her on the ranch next to John and Uncle.

Events of Undead Nightmare

Note: The events of Undead Nightmare are not considered part of the same canon as Red Dead Redemption. The following description is therefore not contiguous with the preceding section on Red Dead Redemption.

Rdr undead abigail marston official

During the Undead Nightmare DLC, John is in his house with Abigail and Jack. They are all talking about general things, like a book Jack is reading, however they mention that Uncle hasn't returned from what he was doing yet. Abigail states that, because of the storm, Uncle has probably taken shelter in a dry place nearby and will stay there until the storm subsides.

Later, when John and Abigail are in bed, an undead Uncle tries to attack them and John beats him back with a lamp, seemingly killing him or knocking him out. Abigail shows disgust at the bloodied body and turns away, sickened. John runs to get his gun from the barn, but when he comes back, Uncle has attacked Abigail and is biting her in the neck. John shoots Uncle in the head and tends to Abigail.

At John's call, Jack comes outside and sees Uncle's corpse, but is preoccupied with his mother's state. He runs to help his mother despite John's warning, however, Abigail turns to a zombie and bites Jack, turning him into an Undead as well. John runs to fetch his lasso from the barn and he then hogties both of them and after giving them both a plate of food, he leaves them in the house and sets out to find a cure.

Mission Appearances

Red Dead Redemption
Undead Nightmare


Red Dead Redemption II

Red Dead Redemption


  • "I see you ain't learn no manners."
  • "I've had enough of this."
  • "Call yourself a man."
  • "What's the matter with you?!"
  • "You really are a strange man."
  • "You've clearly had one too many blows to the head."
  • "You damn fool."
  • "Oh, ain't you quite the gentlemen all the sudden."
  • "You think I'm afraid of you."
  • "I'll kill you mah self!"
  • "Oh, like hittin women do you?!"
  • "Are you completely insane?!"
  • "You idiot!"
  • "Clumsy oaf."


  • John and Abigail share the same forenames as the second President of the United States, John Adams and his wife, Abigail.
  • It is often joked that she is a bad cook by her family and she sarcastically tells John when he returns to Beecher's Hope not to worry as, during her abduction, she was enrolled in a cookery school.
  • In the mission Pestilence, Abigail reveals that both herself and John were orphans.
  • If killed while the invincible cheat is on, there will be an earthquake for a few seconds. The same thing happens if Jack or Uncle are killed. The next time the player dies, the "You have killed a member of your family" message will appear in place of the normal death screen.
  • She appears on the back of the Undead Nightmare map.
  • She becomes very jealous when she hears Bonnie's name, seeming to believe John was attracted to her to the point she went with him to deliver corn to the ranch just to meet her.
  • Her appearance and personality are very similar to the character of Etta Place in the western film, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.
  • In multiplayer, she wears different clothes than in single-player. In single player her outfit is a blue-violet top with a belt wrapped around it and a pink plaid long skirt. while in multiplayer her outfit is a white and blue plaid top with the same belt wrapped around it and her skirt is replaced by blue pants so the player can ride a horse.


Red Dead Redemption II

Red Dead Redemption


Undead Nightmare

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