An American Family History

The Stout Family


Richard Stout was born in England. His wife was named Penelope.

Richard and Penelope's children probably included:
Jonathan Stout (1645, married Ann Bullen),
Richard Stout (1646),
James Stout (1648, married Elizabeth Treux),
Mary Stout (1650),
Alice Stout (1652)
Peter Stout (1654, married Mary Bullen),
Sarah Stout (1656),
David Stout (1669),
Benjamin Stout (1669),

Richard was one of the twelve men named in the Monmouth Patent.

In 1667 Richard Stout was appointed to assist in laying out the lots at Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

In 1669 he was one of the overseers of Middletown.

The will of Richard Stout was dated June 9, 1703 and was proved October, 1705.


Jonathan Stout, was born about 1664.

He married Ann Bullen.

Jonathan and Ann's children probably included:

Joseph Stout (1686, married Ruth Brinson),
Sarah Stout, (1689, married Andrew Smith),
Hannah Stout, born 1694, married Jediah Higgins),
Benjamin Stout (1691, married Hannah Bonham),
Zebulon Stout (1698, married Charity Burrows),
Jonathan Stout (1701, married Mary Leigh),
Anna Stout, (1704, married Nehemiah Bonham),
David Stout (1706, married Elizabeth Larrison),
Samuel Stout (1709, married Catherine Simpson).

Jonathan in died March, 1723.



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from William Bowne, of Yorkshire, England and His Descendants by K. Miller Reading

Richard Stout was one of the twelve men named in the Monmouth Patent. Under grants and concessions his name heads the list of claimants as recorded in Surveyor's office at Perth Amboy. In the allotments of Town lots at Middletown, recorded Dec. 30th, 1667, Richard Stout was appointed to assist in laying out the lots. In 1669 he was one of the so-called overseers of Middletown. Richard Stout was prominent in public affairs in the new settlement and his name frequently mentioned in Freehold records.

In 1690 Richard Stout and his wife Penelope conveyed to Benjamin Stout all the tract and plantation whereon they then lived at Hop River, after decease of himself and wife Penelope. The will of Richard Stout, first of the family, is filed in Secretary of State's office at Trenton. It is dated June 9th, 1703, and was proved October, 1705. Richard Stout was one of the most respectable and respected men in his day in the Monmouth settlement.

Penelope Van Princes was born at Amsterdam, Holland, about 1602; her father's name was Van Princes; she and her first husband (whose name is not known) sailed for New York, (then New Amsterdam,) about the year 1620. The vessel was stranded at Sandy Hook; the crew got ashore and marched toward the said New York; but Penelope's (for that was her name) husband being hurt in the wreck, could not march with them; therefore he and the wife tarried in the woods; they had not been long in the place before the Indians killed them both (as they thought), and stripped them to the skin; however, Penelope came to, though her skull was fractured and her left shoulder so hacked that she could never use that arm like the other; she was also cut across the abdomen so that her bowels apptared: these she kept in with her hand; she continued in this situation for seven days, taking shelter in a hollow tree and eating the excrescence of it; the seventh day she saw a deer passing by with arrows sticking in it, and soon after two Indians appeared, whom she was glad to see, in hope they would put her out of her misery; accordingly, one made towards her to knock her in the head; but the other, who was an elderly man, prevented him, and throwing his match coat about her carried her to his wigwam, and cured her of her wounds and bruises. After that he took her to New York and made a present of her to her countrymen, viz: [namely] an Indian present expecting ten times the value in return.

It was in New York that one Richard Stout married her; he was a native of England and of a good family. She was now in her 22d year, and he in his 40th. She bore him seven sons and three daughters, viz:
Jonathan [Stout] (founder of Hopewell),
John [Stout],
Richard [Stout],
James [Stout],
Peter [Stout],
David [Stout],
Benjamin [Stout],
Mary [Stout],
Sarah [Stout], and
Alice [Stout].

The daughters married into the families of the Bownes, Pikes, Throckmortons and Skeltons, and so lost the name of Stout; the sons married into the families of Bullen, Crawford, Ashton, Fraux, &c, and had many children. The mother lived to the age of 110, and saw her offspring multiplied into 502 in about 88 years.

Richard Stout was born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1584; died in 1705; married Penelope Van Princes in New Amsterdam, in 1624; was one of the thirty-nine original settlers of Gravesend, Long Island, 1645; removed with his family to Middletown, N. J., 1664, and was one of the first five families of said settlement.

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from A General History of the Baptist Denomination in America by David Benedict

One of the three families, who first settled in the tract, now called Hopewell, was that of Jonathan Stout, who arrived here from Middleton, about 1706. The place then was a wilderness and full of Indians. Mr. Stout's wife was Ann Bullen, by whom he had nine children, viz. Joseph, Benjamin, Zebulon, Jonathan, David, Samuel, Sarah, Hannah, and Ann. Six of these children are said to have gone to Pennsylvania for baptism. Thus it appears, that Mr. Stout's family, including the father and mother, furnished eight members for the church. . .

The family of the Stouts are so remarkable for their number, origin, and character, in both church and state, that their history deserves to be conspicuously recorded; and no place can be so proper as that of Hopewell, where the bulk of the family resides. . .

The origin of this Baptist family is no less remarkable; for they all sprang from one woman, and she as good as dead. . .

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1722 Nov. 24. Stout, Jonathan, of Hopewell, Hunterdon Co., yeoman; will of. Children—Joseph, Sarah, Hannah, Benjamin, Zebulon, Jonathan, David, Samuel, Anne. Real and personal estate (1-16 of a proprietary share).
Executor—Andrew Smith.
Witnesses—Hezekiah Bonham, Hezekiah Bunell, Bartho. Corwine.
Proved March 25, 1723.

Hunterdon County was originally part of Burlington County, West Jersey. It was set off from Burlington County on March 11, 1714. It included Amwell, Hopewell, and Maidenhead Townships.



from The Jerseyman, Volume 11 edited by Hiram Edmund Deats

Jonathan Stout, son of Richard, born 1664, died March, 1723, married Ann Bullen. He was one of the first settlers of North Eastern Hopewell.

Joseph [Stout], born 1686.
Benjamin [Stout], born 1696.
David [Stout], born 1706.
Zebulon [Stout], born 1699.
Samuel [Stout], born 1709.
Sarah [Stout], born 1689, married Andrew Smith; five sons, Jonathan, Andrew, George, Charles and Timothy. Their only daughter, Anna, married John Titus, son of John, of Hopewell.
Hannah [Stout], born 1694, married Jediah Higgins.
Anna [Stout], born 1704, married Nehemiah Bonham.