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Thomas Shepherd
Thomas Shepherd moved to Leading creek in 1802 and settled on Fraction No. 19, or the Denny lot. He was from Maryland, but married Polly McFarland in Kentucky. She was the daughter of Mr. McFarland, and who was in the Block House in Marietta at the time of the massacre by the Indians of the settlement twelve miles up the Muskingum. In the alarm occasioned by that event the defense of the Block House was left very weak, and Polly McFarland, a girl of sixteen, was given a gun and stationed at a porthole. Mr. McFarland moved to Kentucky , where Polly was married to Thomas Shepherd. Interesting stories are related of her courage in meeting emergencies. One night when Mr. Shepherd had gone to Gallipolis for ammunition, a large bear entered a calf pen not far from the house, and in trying to carry it off the calf bawled, which wakened Mrs. Shepherd, who went out, drove the bear off and up a tree, under which she built a fire and kept it there until morning. It is said of her that another time she was going after the cows in the woods when the dogs treed a raccoon. She sent a boy after an ax, cut down the tree, caught the raccoon, tanned the hide and made herself a pair of shoes.
They had three sons and several daughters. The sons were Charles, Daniel and Thomas. The daughters were, Polly, married to Andrew Long; Nancy, married to Lucius Higley (see Higley family); Sally, married to Mr. Shaw; Jane, Mrs. John Savage: Betsv. Mrs. James Caldwell: Annie: Peggie, Clarissa, Mrs. Backus; Almira, Mrs. Aaron Smith.
Mr. Shepherd's name appears as a voter for the first election for Governor of Ohio; also on the supervisors tax list for 1806, and he was one of the first trustees of Rutland township in 1812. He was born in 1772 and died in 1842.
[Source: "The Pioneer history of Meigs County", Published by Berlin Printing Company, 1908]

[WEBMASTER'S NOTE: The original source of the following data appears to reflect one individual's family research. Researchers are advised to conduct their own research to confirm all data for themselves. In addition, to protect their privacy, we have removed the submitted data which was for potentially living individuals]

Richard Stout (son of John Stout of Nottinghamshire, England) was one of the first settlers of Gravesend in Long Island, New York (in the year of 1643). He was allotted plantation lot number 18 in 1646. At Gravesend his name appears seldom on the records, but he was without a doubt a farmer. In 1661 he purchased lot number 26 of Edward Griffin, and from this time on we find frequent mention of him. On January 25, 1664, Richard Stout (along with five other men) made the first purchase of land in Monmouth County, New Jersey, from the Indians. Popomora, a Sachem Indian, signed the deed on behalf of his tribe. A year or two later the settlement of Monmouth was begun. Richard Stout being one of the twelve men in the patent. In the allotment of town lots at Middletown, recorded December 30, 1667, Richard was given lot number 6 with a large amount of upland. In 1669 he was one of the overseers. In 1675 he received land in right of himself, wife and sons John and Richard (120 acres each) and also in right of sons and daughters once of age- James, Peter, Mary, Alice and Sarah (60 acres each). For many years Richard Stout was one of the most prominent men in Middletown and in 1690 he signed a conveyance to take effect after the death of himself and wife, transferring to their son Benjamin the plantation wheron they lived at Hop River. Richard Stout's wife was the widow Penelope Van Princes, whose history has been told many times and is known to nearly all descendants. In 1765 it was printed in Samuel Smith's "History of New Jersey", in 1790 in Benedict's "History of the Baptists" and was written down about 1820 by Captain Nathan Stout (who was born 1748) who had passed down his manuscript to other relatives. In 1897 a pamphlet entitled "The Story of Penelope Stout" was published by Dr. Thomas H. Streets, U.S.N., giving the most probable version, which dates adjusted to meet history as it follows:
Penelope Van Princes was born in Amsterdam, Holland about 1622. Her father was Baron Van Princes. She was married at an early age to a Dutchman by the name of John Kent. The couple soon sailed for America. The vessel was stranded at Sandy Hook Beach and the couple was injured in the wreck. They could not march to New Amsterdam with the rest of the survivors.They were left behind and soon attacked by a band of hostile Indians, the husband was killed and Penelope left for dead. She recovered consciousness and is said to have lived for a week on wild berries. She was discovered by a group of another Indian tribe, who were friendly and gave her nourishment. These Indians returned Penelope to the Dutch authorities, where she could finish her recovery and seek medical attention. She later married Richard Stout sometime in the year of 1645. Richard died about 1705. His will was dated June 9, 1703 and probated October 23, 1705. It names his wife, six sons, three daughters and two grandchildren. The inventory of his personal estate (including horses, cattle and hogs) was taken October 6, 1705.

CHILDREN OF RICHARD & PENELOPE STOUT: John (born in 1645 and married a girl named Elizabeth on January 12, 1671/72). Richard (born about 1646) was a prominent resident of Middletown. James who was born in 1648. Peter (born in 1650 and married a girl named Mary, he died in 1703). Mary (born 1652 and married James Bound sometime before 1676). Alice (born 1654, married December 12, 1670 to John Throckmorton). Sarah (born 1656, married February 2, 1675/76 to John Pike of Woodbridge). Jonathan (born about 1660 and married Hannah Bollen; see below). Benjamin whose birthdate sometime in the 1660s. David who was also born in the 1660s and married Rebecca Ashton.
Jonathan Stout, son of Richard and Penelope, was born at Gravesend, Long Island around 1660. As an infant he was brought to New Jersey by his parents and for many years lived at Middletown, New Jersey. This is also where he was married on August 27, 1685 to Hannah Bollen. Hannah was the daughter of Capt. James Bollen who first appears in New Jersey on October 28, 1664, where he witnessed the delivery of wampum to the Indians in payment of the Elizabethtown Purchase. He was Justice of the Peace and was shortly made Secretary of Province with early record books being in his handwriting (1665-1677). He lived at Elizabethtown and Woodbridge, and was President of the Court held at the latter place in 1681. Captain Bollen died about March 1681/82, leaving behind three children: James, George and Hannah. Some descendants claim that Capt. Bollen was closely related to Anne Boleyn, the queen of Henry VIII, but so far this has not yet been proven. Jonathan Stout was patented 30 acres of land on the Hope (or Hop) in Monmouth County on March 22, 1687/88. In 1700 he signed Remonstrance of the Inhabitants of East Jersey to the King against the acts of the Proprietors and asking for an appointment of a suitable governor. About 1704, Jonathan Stout moved to West Jersey and became one of the first settlers of Hopewell in Hunterdon (now Mercer) County. He was one of the original members of the Baptist Church at Hopewell in 1715, and died in 1723. The will of Jonathan Stout, which was dated November 24, 1722 (describing himself as a yeoman and mentions his real and personal property. His children are all name in the will. The document shows that he aquired a 1/16 part of a proprietary share of the Province of West Jersey. His son Joseph received the homestead after his father's death. The inventory of his personal estate taken March 24, 1723 (the day before the will was offered to probate) shows a total valuation of everything which included a clock, two negro girls and a negro man. The appraisers were Thomas Runyon and Thomas Read.

CHILDREN OF JONATHAN & HANNAH STOUT: Joseph (see below), Sarah (born in 1689, married John Titus), Hannah (born March 29, 1694 and married Jediah Higgins of Middlesex County, NJ), Benjamin (born December 14, 1691 and married Hannah Bonham), Zebulon (born March 14, 1699, lived in Somerset County), Jonathan (born in 1701, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Wilson Hunt), David (born in 1706, married Elizabeth Larison), Samuel (born March 9, 1709) and Anne (born 1704). Most of these children were born in Middletown, New Jersey but a few were born in Hopewell, NJ.
Col. Joseph Stout, son of Jonathan and Hannah, was born at Middletown, New Jersey on October 25, 1686. He lived all his life on the farm at Hopewell bequeathed him by his father. Had a nine-room, two-story house. This farm, known in the Revolutionary days as the Hunt Farm, on account of it's occupany during the War by John P. Hunt (brother-in-law of Col. Stout) was well known in War times. In the summer of 1778 the farmhouse was used as General Washington's headquarters and it has been stated that "The great Council of War held in this house was the turning point in the history of the great struggle of the colonies for independence". This scene is immortalized by one of the bronze tablets on the Battle Monument at Freehold, and the inscription reads: "The tablet represents Generals Washington, Lee, Greene, Sterling, Lafayette, Steuben, Knox, Poor, Wayne, Woodford, Patterson, Scott and Duportail, as they appeared in the important council of war at Hopewell, in Hunterdon County, June 24, 1778". It was at the house of this same Joseph Stout that the first Baptist Church of Hopewell was founded on April 23, 1715. Of the twelve original members of the church, five were Stouts: Jonathan, Hannah, Ann, Ruth, and Joseph Stout. Ruth was the wife of Col. Stout and is supposed to have been a daughter of John Horner of Stony Brook (Princeton) and closely related to the John Horner who at a later date was chiefly instumental in locating the College of New Jersey at Princeton. Ruth and Joseph were married August 10, 1705. Colonel Stout was a prominent man at Hopewell and in frequently mentioned in deeds and wills. During the French and Indian War he was a Colonel of Militia. On November 6, 1755 he was notified by Gov. Belcher of the approach of the French and Indians to the northern frontiers of the State and ordered to hold himself in readiness to march with his regiment on short notice. A few weeks later, the enemy having attacked and burned a town at the forks of the Delaware, and expected to enter New Jersey at any moment "Joseph Stout, Esq., Col. of the Regiment of Militia in the County Hunterdon" was ordered to muster his regiment and march to the Delaware River. A dispatch to the Pennsylvania Journal, dated December 4, 1755, states that Colonel Stout of Hunterdon marched the week previous with 800 men to the relief of the settlements on the Delaware. Col. Joseph Stout died October 22, 1766 and is most likely buried at Hopewell. He held 28 cattle, 18 sheep and 230 acres on the Hopewell tax roll.He made his will "old and stricken in years", March 29, 1764 and it was probated November 3, 1767. To his wife he left his personal property, and his real estate he divided among various of his grandsons. Two of his sons had died before him and the other (Joseph Jr.) had evidently received his portion before, since he was given just fifty pounds sterling. There is mention in the will of "mother-in-law Horner". The executors were his wife Ruth and friends John Berrien and Reuben Armitage. The will of his widow, "advanced in age and infirmities" as she put it, was dated February 8, 1768 and probated August 10, 1768. Most of the estate was left to the eldest daughter, Mrs. Rachel Stockton (wife of Samuel Stockton of Stony Brook).

CHILDREN OF JOSEPH & RUTH STOUT: Joseph (see below). John (born about 1710, married Catherine in 1730, lived in Somerset County, and had seven children). Jonathan (born in the 1720s and married a girl named Elizabeth)...notice that above his uncle Jonathan also married an Elizabeth, which can be confusing in researching records. Rachel (birthdate unknown, married Samuel Stockton of Stony Brook in Somerset County. Anne Stout, married William Worth of Stony Brook and had two children. Ruth, James and Mary also come up on a genealogy site but not completely sure if they were Joseph's children since they weren't mentioned in the book I'm writing this information from (which was by Agnes C. Hill).

Joseph Stout, son of Col. Joseph and Ruth (Horner) Stout, was born at Hopewell, New Jersey sometime in the 1720s. He lived all of his life at Hopewell, but with sharing his father's name its hard to determine which records are about him or his father. During his father's lifetime, he was deeded land in Hopewell and was given fifty pounds in his father's will. He only outlived his father a few years though, dying in 1770. His will was dated at Hopewell on July 6, 1769 and probated June 1, 1770. This will mentions his eight children but not his wife, so I'm not sure what came of her.

CHILDREN OF JOSEPH STOUT, JR.: Martha (who married James Bennett of Kingwood township). Noah. Job, who was born February 21, 1763 and died February 28, 1833 (he was Cpl. in NJ Militia...which today we call the Army and was married to Rhoda Howell. Jacob. Abner (lived at Kingwood township until about 1805 and owned land there), who, married and had children: Benjamin, Ruth, Aaron, Jonathan, Lucinda, George and Anna.

Benjamin Stout, son of Abner Stout, was born November 20, 1783 and married Mary Prall on September 8, 1803. They located in Washington County in Pennsylvania for a few years then moved to Meigs County in Ohio during the year of 1811. He was the first sheriff of Meigs County, and served as such from 1819 to 1824. He owned a farm near Chester township.

CHILDREN OF BENJAMIN & MARY STOUT: Abner was born June 17, 1804 and died on August 28, 1875 (see below), Lovina, John, Levi, Lucinda and Benjamin, Jr.

Abner Stout, son of Benjamin and Mary, married Mary Steadman (who was born June 16, 1805; died May 30, 1882; daughter of Eli Steadman who was the first Baptist minister in Chester township in Meigs County in Ohio) on February 27, 1825. They soon located on a farm in Chester. A few years later he purchased a farm about one mile north of the town of Chester where he lived the balance of his life. The farm on which Abner and Mary raised this large family was located between the middle and west branches of Shade River one mile north of Chester. This large farm was mostly river bottom which produced fine crops of grain and grass. The house was a large seven-room frame residence with other sleeping rooms upstairs and had long porches on two sides. It was palatial for a country home in those days and the farm was one of those that "flowed with milk and honey" for they had everything that went to make up an ideal home at the time. Most of the family attended Chester Academy. Myron Stout (the original author of this book, which has been revised and updated by myself, Jamie Riggle) attended school at the Free Will Baptist College in Hillsdale, Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Abner Stout were members and helped support the Free Will Baptist Church which stood for many years in Chester township.

CHILDREN OF ABNER & MARY STOUT: Mary P., Samaria A., Sarah A., Milton N., Albanus S., Benjamin F., Elihu M., Myron Steadman Stout (who served in the Civil War), George P. (also served in the Civil War), Edwin Parker (see below), and Spencer E. Stout (born in Chester township on June 4, 1837; married July 12, 1860 to Hannah Gilbreth who was born October 8, 1842 and daughter of Stewart and Alice (Alexander) Gilbreth.....Stewart Gilbreth being born in Pennsylvania in 1812, his wife Alice being born in 1817). Stewart Stout had eight children of his own: Nettie (b. Sept. 16, 1861), Alice M. (b. Feb. 5, 1863), Linnie M. (b. Nov. 8, 1864), Elbert S. (b. May 29, 1868), Gustine S. (b. Aug.1, 1875), Abner C. (b. April 17, 1877), Anna H. (b. Aug 7, 1878), and Elmer M. (b. May 3, 1880).

Edwin Parker Stout, son of Abner and Mary, was born July 14, 1839 near Chester, Ohio. On January 1, 1862 he married Mary Russell (who was born October 20, 1843 and daughter of Cyrus and Sylvania (Worthen) Russell.....Cyrus was born April 13, 1814 and died on October 26, 1862. His wife was born in 1820 and died May 23, 1853). Edwin and Mary Stout had nine children. They lived for many years on a farm he bought on St. Rt. 7, near Tuppers Plains, Ohio. This is also where he died on April 4, 1910 because of an axe wound in his leg.

CHILDREN OF EDWIN & MARY: Alma L. (born October 28, 1862), Nellie S. (born August 20, 1864), Charles Richmond (born November 18, 1866), Sarah Eva (born December 9, 1868), Herbert (born January 28, 1870), Marshall S. (born November 13, 1872; married Myrtle Rardon), Nora Glenna (born June 16, 1875), Homer (born January 19, 1877), and Emma C. (born February 28, 1879).

Charles Richmond Stout, son of Edwin and Mary Stout, was born on November 18, 1865. He married Eva Lula Meek on March 2, 1891. For many years Charles and Eva lived near Success, Ohio. In 1912 they moved to the Bethel community (near Coolville in Athens County and minutes from Tuppers Plains in Meigs County). This is where they lived the rest of their lives, on a farm immediately east of the Bethel Church they attended (where many relatives were members as well). Charles died April 1, 1952 and his wife Eva had already died before him, on July 17, 1936. They are both buried in Bethel Cemetery located on the family farm on Rt. 7 in Coolville.

CHILDREN OF CHARLES & EVA STOUT: Merle Edwin (born February 9, 1892 and married Dorothy Spencer), Florence Mae (born October 31, 1893; married Stanley Gillilan; see below), Clyde Wesley (born April 19, 1898 and died June 15, 1966; he was married 3 times), Mary Lucille (born April 4, 1900 and married Clyde White), Nora Gladys (born January 21, 1902), Charles Floyd (born May 25, 1904; married Vercia Torrence and in records he goes by his middle name Floyd), Luella or Lula (born June 18, 1908 and married Carl Dugan), Perie Etta (born October 4, 1911 and married Henry Atha Shreve) and Earl Stanley (born August 11, 1915 and married Leota Ellen Titus).

Earl Stanley Stout, son of Charles and Eva, was born on August 11, 1915 and married Leota Ellen Titus (b. February 19, 1917) on the day of January 15, 1938. They had three children. Daniel Lee was born on June 24, 1939 and he married Judith Ann Sexton. Daniel and Judith had Rodney Lee (b. July 23, 1961) & Marickie Ann (b. Sept. 16, 1962). Daniel had a second wife by the name of Jeanine Poling with who he had two children with. Those children were Cheryl Lynn (b. Feb. 7, 1968) and Melinda Jean (b. Nov. 20, 1969). Emma Louise, married William Bosh and had six children. Those children were William Bosh Jr. (b. Aug. 10, 1958), Susan Ann (born July 4, 1959), Victor Lee (b. Nov. 23, 1960), John Paul (b. March 6, 1962), Kenneth Eugene (b. Feb. 5, 1964), and Debbie (born on January 2, 1966). Earl Stanley, Jr. married and had three children: Earl Stanley III, Earl Stephen (b. May 24, 1972) and Gordon (b. October 18, 1973).

Mary Lucille Stout, daughter of Charles and Eva Stout, was born on April 4, 1900. On the day of November 29, 1918 she married Clyde White (b. August 23, 1897). They lived for many years at their home on St. Rt. 681 where their family was raised. They farmed, kept a country store and Mr. White was known all over the area for the fine brooms he made from the broomcorn he raised on his own land. They were active members of the Bearwallow Church of Christ. Mary and Clyde White had seven children: Charles Edward (b. April 20, 1920), Nellie Evelyn (b. May 12, 1921), Wayne Leo (April 8, 1925), Lula Mae (b. June 18, 1934 and died as an infant), Ralph Earl (b. Aug. 11, 1936), Marvin Clyde (b. June 27, 1939), and Marilyn Joy (b. Aug. 28, 1940).
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[Source: Jamie Lynn Riggle has written this family story after updating the original compilation by Agnes C. Hill and Myron Stout.]

Charles Glen Stout, son of Charles and Vercia, was born on December 2, 1927. His first marriage was to Evelyn Jane Crider (who was born on April 25, 1937), and they were married on November 25, 1955. Evelyn was the daughter of Hershel and Lizzell Crider of Little Hocking, Ohio. Charles and Evelyn had a son, Joseph Glen Stout, who was born on March 30, 1962. Then the couple divorced on November 15, 1962. Charles later married Grace Robinette (who was born June 15, 1933). She was the daughter of Curtis and Helen Robinette of Nelsonville, Ohio. Charles and Grace had one son, Keith Lee Stout, born on January 30, 1967.

James Robert Stout, son of Charles and Vercia, was born on May 18, 1934. He married Dorothy Jean Barnhill (who was born on June 30, 1936) who was the daughter of Carl and Hazel Barnhill of Tuppers Plains, Ohio. They had two adopted children
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Aaron Stout, son of Abner and Sally (Hale) Stout, was born October 2, 1821 in Orange township. He was known as a teacher. His mother Sally was born in New Hampshire and settled in Meigs County at an early date. She had been known of enduring all the hardships of frontier life. Sally died on July 8, 1871. Then on the day of September 27, 1848, Rev. William A. Bay married Aaron to Mary L. Hoffman in Orange township. Mary was the daughter of Peter and Susan (Ridenour) Hoffman. She was born in Cumberland County, Maryland on January 1, 1823. Aaron and Mary Stout had fout children: Winfield S. (b. October 10, 1849; d. 1903; buried at Hoffman Cemetery in Orange township, Meigs Co.), William O. (b. December 15, 1851), Edward M. (b. October 1, 1857), Mary R. (b. April 15, 1860; married Delmar Chase on May 25, 1881).

Aaron Stout, Sr., son of Abner (who was son of Joseph Stout Jr. from above), was born near Trenton, New Jersey on June 2, 1768. He came to Ohio in 1806 and settled in Meigs County. In 1814 he came to Athens County and settled in Carthage township. Aaron married Sarah Praull with who he had nine chidren: Letitia, George, Abner, Fanny, Mary, Ruth, Charles, Aaron Jr.(see below), and John. Aaron died on December 1, 1846 and is buried at Orange Christian Church Cemetery in Carthage township. Sarah died on October 19, 1856 at the age of 87 years old.

George Stout, son of Aaron and Sarah, was born near Trenton, New Jersey on March 17, 1792. When he was fourteen years old he came with his parents to Ohio. He married in 1820 to Eliza Buzzard who was the daughter of Peter. In 1825 he came to Athens County and settled at his residence in Carthage township which at the time was wild timbered land. He soon went hard to work and brought the land to a good state of cultivation. George and his wife had three children: Cyrenus, Charles and Fanny (later became Mrs. Hecox). George died on April 21, 1875. Eliza died on August 17, 1869. [The census of Carthage township for 1850 listed George at age 57, Eliza at age 52, Charles at age 23 and Fanny at age 19].

Aaron Stout, Jr., son of Aaron and Sarah, was born in Meigs County on July 6, 1810. When he was four years old, he came to Carthage township, where he was reared and educated. He was married March 23, 1833 to Martha McIntyre (a native of Pennsylvania and born on May 11, 1808). They had a family of six children: Lizzie, Ruth Ann, Sophia, Harrison, J.M., and Sarah Jane. Mr. Stout was a member of the Christian church. He died May 5, 1866.

J.M. Stout, son of Aaron and Martha, was born in Carthage township on September 19, 1842. On the day of August 12, 1862, he enlisted in Co. B 116th Ohio Infantry and was in the regiment's engagements except the fight of Petersburg, due to being detailed at headquarters. He enlisted as Private and was discharged as Duty Sergeant on June 23, 1865. On July 4th of 1867, he married Lulinda Hecox (daughter of Truman Hecox of Meigs County). They had five children: Adella, Emerson, Elmont, Myrtle and Elmy. Mr. Stout had a good farm on 182 acres where he engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He was a member of the Christian Church.

Charles Stout, son of George (who is son of Aaron & grandson of Abner) and Eliza Stout, was born on the farm April 24, 1827. In November of 1854, he was married to Ellen Gregory of Carthage township. Mrs. Stout died on November 11, 1868 leaving behind her husband and one child, Addie (1866-1938). On November 20, 1870, Charles married Louise Wiley (daughter of James Wiley of Meigs County). They have one daughter Mary Belle, who was born on October 19, 1876. Charles and Louise owned 402 acres of well-improved land. Charles first daughter, Addie, had married James Henry Finsterwald (1848-1922) with who she is buried beside at Carthage township.

Cyrenus Stout, son of George and and Eliza Stout, was born in Meigs County and came to Carthage township when four years old. On November 18, 1841 he married Mary Childs (who was the daughter of Seth and Dinah [Frost] Childs). They had three children: Leander, Elmedia (Dianna) and George. In 1841, Mr. Stout settled on his farm of 640 acres of good land which he brought from a wild state to its present highly cultivated condition. He had a good residence that was well furnished, where his family have all the comforts of a good home. His second marriage was to Sarah Elliott (daughter of Moses Elliott). They married on November 3, 1859 and had three children together: Horace, John and Jerome. [The census of Athen Co. 1850 lists Cyrenus at age 29, Mary age 32, Leander at age 7, Dianna at age 5 and George at 6 months old].

Selden C. Stout, son of Charles and grandson of Aaron [son of Abner], was born in Carthage township on the day of July 7, 1833. He received a good education in the common schools at Coolville Seminary. When he was 25 years old, he married Mary Jane Davies (daughter of J. Davies of Meigs Co.). He first settled sec. 25 where he lived seven years. He then bought a farm on sec. 32 where he remained. This was 460 acres of good land. In August of 1864, he enlisted Co. E 174th Ohio Inf., and was discharged at the close of the war. Selden and his wife had four children: Anna, Ida, Elmer and Dora.

Elmer K. Stout, son of Selden and Mary, grew up on the farm attending the public school in the the winter and in the meantime making himself useful on the family farm. He was married to Miss Lydia Russell on November 10, 1897. They have one child, a boy named Seldon Dwight Stout that was born on August 2, 1899. The Stouts lived on the old homestead for over 20 years and was prosperous. Elmer and his wife were highly respected citizens and liberally endorsed every effort towards the uplifting and bettering of humanity. Mr. Stout was proud of his farm in Carthage and was one of the most successful farmers in that are aof the county. He made quite the success in breeding and raising registered Aberdeen Angus cattle. He had the only herd of Aberdeen cattle in the county, and believed the Angus to be the best breed of cattle to raise. Some of his famous cattle were "Lady of Shade Valley", "Barnet's Boy" and "Alice of Woodland".

W.O. Stout was born in Meigs County, Ohio on December 15, 1851. He was the son of Aaron and Mary Stout, and grandson of Abner (who was the son of the other Aaron Stout). W.O. Stout was educated in the common school of the district of Tuppers Plains. When 20 years old, he embarked in the merchantile business at Osage. Five years later he settled in Carthage township. In 1879 he moved to his brother-in-law's farm, which contained of 260 acres of land under a good state of cultivation, good buildings and engaged in general farming and livestock raising. On October 1, 1873 he married Mary Lawrence (b. February 13, 1865), daughter of John Lawrence. They had two children together- Nora May and Charles Leslie Stout (b. April 19, 1880). Mr. Stout was a Republican, Clerk of Carthage township and a member of the Methodist church. He is buried at Vanderhoof Cemetery in Carthage along with his wife and son.
[Submitted by Jamie Riggle]


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