Dark Shadows Chronology This article relates to the timeline of events presented in the Dark Shadows television and film franchises. This template will categorize articles that include it into the Dark Shadows/Chronologies category.
Isaac Collins sails from England to Frenchman's Bay in Maine.
The original Collinwood is erected. It will become the main family manor for many years. In 1796, the Collins family will abandon Collinwood in favor of a larger mansion. This building will then become known as the Old House.
The warlock Judah Zachery establishes a coven in the port of Bedford. He boasts the Mask of Ba'al as the source of his immortal powers.
Miranda DuVal becomes a follower of Judah Zachery.
Beford villager Andrew Bronson discovers Judah Zachery’s cult and threatens to go to the authorities. Judah uses his powers to burn the Bronson home to the ground with the entire family trapped inside.
November 5th: Judah Zachery is apprehended and placed on trial for witchcraft in the port of Bedford. Amadeus Collins presides over the trial. One of Judah’s own coven members, Miranda DuVal testifies against him and informs the judiciary council that only decapitation would serve to end Judah’s reign of terror. Judah places a death curse upon those who convicted him. Judah’s head is put on display in the town square. Note: Miranda will later be reincarnated as Angelique.
December-January, 1693: As part of Judah Zachery's curse upon those who convicted him, Amadeus Collins dies very suddenly. His own children die soon after. Note: The exact of this event is unknown, but Judah's curse upon the Collins' family appears to cease shortly after this, likely due to the fact that Judah’s head is recovered and taken to the Far East.
Possible birth date of Naomi Collins. Note: This birth date challenges that which is supplied at the Collins family Mausoleum. (Date assumed based on the age of actress Joan Bennett.) See Naomi's entry in 1761 for more information. Date is considered speculative and may be refuted at a later time.
Joshua Collins is born. As difficult as it may be to accept, we are meant to believe that he gave birth to his son Barnabas when he was barely even thirteen years old. By comparing this to the age of Joan Bennett at the time she played Naomi, she would have been at age 24 at the time of Barnabas' birth. Now while I can accept that Joshua may have been very young, I cannot accept that Naomi at 24 would have married and sired children with a 13 year old. Joshua’s birth date is supplied via his plaque inside the Collins family mausoleum. No other viable inferences can be made other than to accept this as the locked birth date for Joshua. Actors Jonathan Frid and Louis Edmonds are too close in actual age in order to draw any kind of further comparison.
Historical data lists the year 1761 as the birth year of Naomi Collins. The date is supplied by her plaque within the Collins family mausoleum. Since there is no way she could have given birth to Barnabas Collins if born in this year, it must be assumed that the dates listed in the mausoleum were derived from faulty records.
Another possible birth date for Barnabas Collins. While this date makes it a bit easier to accept him as the son of Joshua and Naomi, we are now saddled with the belief that Barnabas’ immortal form is locked into the body of a twenty-five year old. It is nearly impossible to regard Jonathan Frid as a twenty-five year old by any standards. Date is speculative pending further clarification.
Angelique Bouchard is born. Note: There is some discrepancy concerning the continuity of Angelique’s life. She is clearly shown to have existed as the witch Miranda DuVal in the year 1692. But comments made by Josette DuPres in 1795 reveal that they grew up together. This anomaly can be explained in one of two ways. A) Anqelique bewitched the entire DuPres family into believing that Angelique had always been present. B) Angelique is the reincarnation of Miranda DuVal and Miranda’s mystical nature allowed for her memories to transcend into the new form of Angelique. If the reincarnation theory is to be believed, then there exists the possibility that the Bouchard family are descendents of the DuVals. This could help to explain why Angelique has the memories of Miranda. It is important to emphasize that if one is to subscribe to the reincarnation theory that it must be distinguished from a mystical rebirth. Angelique is reborn several times throughout the Dark Shadows timeline, but always as an adult. This is the incarnation where her childhood is referenced. Angelique’s birth date is supplied by actress Lara Parker.
Flora Collins is born (Date assumed based on the relative age of actress Joan Bennett at the time of filming).
Jeremiah Collins and Laura Murdoch are married. Note: Date is speculative. It is possible that the two were married earlier than 1784, but given the young ages of each (21 and 18), an earlier marriage date is not extremely likely.
Barnabas Collins travels to the French Island of Martinique to expand the Collins business interests. While there, he meets Josette DuPres and her mistress Angelique Bouchard. Barnabas falls passionately in love with Josette, but also entertains a dalliance with Angelique; an affair that will haunt Barnabas the rest of his life. Angelique will never give up her obsession to make Barnabas hers. Note: Date is locked by the fact that Barnabas states that Josette was eighteen years old when he first met her.