Mordaunt Littlepage, a young landowner, the narrator of The Chainbearer. On a visit to his wilderness tract, Ravensnest, he has a run-in with lawless squatters, who imprison him. He is finally rescued by a posse after a battle with his captors. He marries Chainbearer’s niece, Dus Malbone.
Andries Coejemans, also known as Chainbearer, an old woodsman and surveyor, Mordaunt Littlepage’s devoted friend from Revolutionary War days, when they were both captains. In his attempt to rescue Mordaunt from the squatter outlaws, he is imprisoned with his friend and mortally wounded by his captors. Feeling deeply indebted to Chainbearer for their happiness, the Littlepage family erects a monument in his honor and reveres his memory all of their lives.
Ursula Malbone, nicknamed Dus, Chainbearer’s orphaned niece, who marries Mordaunt.
Jaap, Mordaunt’s loyal black servant.
Aaron Timberman, nicknamed Thousandacres, a squatter and illegal operator of a sawmill on Mordaunt’s land. He imprisons Mordaunt and is later slain by the rescuing posse.
Zephanaiah Timberman, Aaron’s lawless sons.
Lowiny Timberman, Aaron’s daughter. She tries to help the imprisoned Mordaunt and, after his marriage to Dus, becomes their maid.
Jason Newcome, the untrustworthy squire at Ravensnest village.
Frank Malbone, Dus’ half brother and Mordaunt’s agent at Ravensnest.
Susquesus, nicknamed Trackless, an Indian hunter, loyal friend of Mordaunt and Chainbearer.
Cornelius Littlepage and
Anneke Littlepage, Mordaunt’s parents.
Kate Littlepage, Mordaunt’s sister.
Tom Bayard, betrothed to Kate.
Priscilla Bayard, Tom’s sister.
Dirck Follock, Cornelius Littlepage’s friend.