Barnabas Collins was born in the 18th century, one of the children of the wealthy Collins family in the fictional town of Collinsport, Maine. In the year 1795, the then-mortal Barnabas Collins intended to marry a beautiful heiress from Martinique named Josette du Pres (Kathryn Leigh Scott), despite having a brief affair with Josette’s maidservant Angelique (Lara Parker). Angelique, a witch well acquainted with voodoo and the black arts, cast a spell on Josette in an attempt to make her fall in love with Barnabas’s uncle, Jeremiah Collins (Anthony George), after Barnabas decided to end the affair. After learning that Jeremiah and Josette have suddenly married, Barnabas challenges Jeremiah to a duel. Jeremiah loses the duel, dying shortly after being shot. Upon Barnabas’s discovery that Angelique was responsible for the marriage of Josette and Jeremiah and other strange happenings at Collinwood, he shoots her. With what she believes to be her dying words, she takes revenge on Barnabas by summoning a vampire bat from hell to attack him. Barnabas falls extremely ill and dies. Shortly thereafter, however, Barnabas rises as a vampire. Barnabas then attempts to transform Josette into a vampire. She is willing, if not quite fully cognizant of what this would entail, at first, until the Angelique, who has become far more powerful after her death, reveals to her a vision of what she would become. Fleeing from Barnabas, Josette leaps to her death off the cliffs of Widow’s Hill. Barnabas, unable to bear what he has become, asks his father, Joshua Collins, to slay him. However, he is unable to murder his son, and so he orders Barnabass devoted servant, Ben Stokes (Thayer David), to perform the task. Ben is also unable to kill the vampire and instead chains him in a coffin in the secret room of the family mausoleum.