Retracing Our Family Legacy

Richard Stout
(Bet. 1611-1612 - 1705)

The Stouts of New Jersey are descended from John Stout of Nottinghamshire, England, whose son Richard emigrated to Long Island about 1640. A vessel from Holland, numbering among its passengers a man named Van Princes and his wife Penelope, was stranded near Sandy Hook about the same time. The young man having been ill on the voyage was unable to travel further, so they remained on the Jersey coast where he was killed by the Indians, and Penelope, badly wounded, left to die. She crept to a hollow tree where she was discovered by a friendly Indian, who cared for her wounds until her recovery. Afterwards she met and married Richard Stout. This incident is fully described on page 65 of "Smith's History of New Jersey."

Richard Stout was one of the patentees of Gravesend, Long Island, in 1645, and in 1665 he was one of the twelve men to whom the Monmouth patent was granted, and so was one of the original and permanent settlers of East Jersey. Richard and Penelope Stout settled on a farm about three miles west of the village of Middletown, and are buried there.

In Richard Stout's will dated June 9, 1703, on file in the office of the Secretary of State, Trenton, he mentions his sons, John, Richard, James Jonathan, David and Benjamin, his daughters, Mary, Alice and Sarah; his daughter-in-law, Mary Stout, and her son John, and his "kinswoman, Mary Stout, the daughter formerly of Peter Stout."


Pioneers of Old Hopewell
Record of the settlers of Hopewell Valley written by Ralph Ege in 1908

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Richard Stout, an Englishman, born in Nottinghamshire, Eng., son of John Stout, m. Penelope VanPrincis or VanPrinces, who, as claimed by some, was born in 1602, but by others, in 1622. The latter date is most likely the correct one. See the story of Penelope Stout in this Appendix, under Labaw.

The marriage of Richard and Penelope Stout must have occurred in 1644, and not in 1624, as many think. The date of settlement in Middletown, N. J., has been given as 1648, which was shortly after their marriage, which also is unquestionably wrong,--the real date of their settlement in Middletown being about 1667, or about 20 years later than the earlier date.

The union of Richard and Penelope Stout resulted in at least ten children. Nathan Stout, of Hopewell, N. J., who in 1878, published a small history of the family, gives the names of the children in the following order: John, Richard, Jonathan, Peter, James, Benjamin, David, Deliverance, Sarah, Penelope. This, however, as the daughters all come after the sons, is apparently not the true order. In N. J. Archives, First Series, Vol. XXI, Calendar N. J. Records, 1664-1703, p. 46. E. J. Deeds, etc., Liber No. 3, Reversed Side, we find the following:

"1675. Here begins the Rights of Land due according to the Concessions &c"

"Richard Stout of Midleton, wife, sons John, Richard, James, Peter, daughters Mary, Alice, Sarah. Mary Stout is the wife of James Bound; Alice Stout, wife of John Trogmorton, all 1800 a."

There were three minor sons later.

According to N. J. Archives, Vol. XXIII, First Series, abstract of wills, Vol. I, 1670-1730, p. 446:

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"1703, June 9. Stout, Richard, Senior, of Middletown, will of, (???) wife (???), sons, (???) John, Richard, James, Jonathan, David, Benjamin; daughters, (???) Mary, Alse, Sarah; daughter in law Marey Stoute, and her son John, kinswoman Mary Stoute, daughter of Peter Stout. Real and Personal property. Executors,--sons John and Jonathan &c &c"

As will be seen, the lists above given all differ in the order of the names. Nathan Stout mentions daughters Deliverance and Penelope, whose names are not enumerated in either of the other lists; while the second list omits the youngest three sons, who were born evidently after 1667. But the third list omits Peter, who, however, in the meantime had died, leaving his widow Mary and a son John and a daughter Mary. Possibly Richard and Penelope Stout had twelve children instead of ten, seven sons and five daughters, Deliverance and Penelope having died before 1667, or at any rate before the Land Grants were recorded between that and 1675, although leaving descendants. It is true, Nathan Stout of Hopewell, may have been wrong in his mention of these two names, or they may in some way have been identical with Mary and Alice. Did these two have double names?

John Stout, although we do not know to whom, was married Jan. 13, 1671-2. Jonathan Stout married Ann Bollen, and lived at Hopewell, N. J. This couple had a son Samuel, b. 1709, who married the widow of James Stout, the mother of seven children by her first husband, and had an only son Samuel, b. 1738 (or as Nathan Stout says, Feb., 1732), who married Ann VanDyke. This son was a Justice of the Peace and also for a time served in New Jersey State Legislature. Samuel and Ann VanDyke had a son John, who m. Hannah Rosencrans, and their son Samuel J., m. Mary Labaw, but what Mary Labaw, we do not know,--probably the daughter of David, and granddaughter of Francis. Dr. J. E. Stillwell, of New York City, has given us some of this information by letter. He is the author of several volumes of Genealogical and Historical Miscellany.

David Stout, b. 1669, another son of Richard and Penelope, m. 1688, Rebecca Ashton, and lived at Middletown, N. J. He had eight children, but the order in which we have them is uncertain, viz.: James, Freegift, David, Joseph, Benjamin, Rebecca, Sarah, Deliverance.

James Stout, of Upper Freehold, afterwards of Amwell, N. J., son of David, m. 1712, (Jersey Genealogy, No. 1452,

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Newark Evening News, says 1715, why?), Catharine Simpson or Simson. In Amwell he lived where Abraham Runkle lived in 1878, near Wertsville. He had a son James, b. 1715, who m. Jemima Reeder. This couple had a son Caleb who m. Elizabeth Labaw, daughter of Francis Labaw and Deliverance Stout. Deliverance Stout (dau. of David and Rebecca Ashton Stout), who m. Francis Labaw, who was born in England of French Protestant parents, had six children: Morris, David, Samuel, Daniel, Moses and Elizabeth, which Elizabeth, as noted, m. Caleb Stout.

David Labaw, son of Francis and Deliverance Labaw, m. Mary Stout, sister of Caleb and dau. of James and Jemima Reeder Stout, and had eight children, as follows:

Charles, James, Francis, Lewis, David, Deliverance, Mary, Daniel, which see under Labaw in this Appendix, though they are given there in a different order. The connection of the Warnes with the Stouts is through Charles Labaw, whose grandson, John C. Labaw, son of Lewis, m. for his second wife, Mary Warne, dau. of George and Sarah (Fulmer) Warne.


A Genealogy of the Warne Family in America
Principally the Descendants of Thomas
Warne, born 1652, died 1722, one of the
Twenty-four Proprietors of East New Jersey


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