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Slippery Sadie Stout Scott (Sarah)

Sarah “Sadie” Stout 1859-1950

Next to youngest of Isaiah and Emeline Stout’s eight children who survived to adulthood, Sarah, known as Sade or Sadie Stout, lived in three different states during her 91 years. I think of her as slippery Sadie, since she has been hard to find in the records. At first I thought this first picture was Sadie, but I have changed my mind, and now think she is one of the sisters in the lower pictuer.

Martha Stout

Studio photograph of one of the Stout sisters–Mattie (Martha) or Sade (Sarah). Circa  late 1870s. I am inclined to think this is a picture of Martha and the two girls in the picture below are Sarah (Sadie) and Elizabeth (Lib). Mostly because my mother said Mattie was the pretty one. However I cannot prove which is which.

Stout daughters

Perhaps Elizabeth and Sarah Stout. Misidentified by Harriette Kaser as Myrle and Mary Cunningham, but dress style is too old for those girls. (Circa late 1870s)

When Sadie was born on November 29, 1859, the Stouts lived in Oxford Township, Guernsey County, Ohio. Her sister “Lib” was three years older and when Sadie was not quite two, her brother Frank was born. Her little sister Hattie died at the age of three when Sarah was eleven.

After she left home, things get difficult for the researcher. She joined what seems to be an army of Sarah Stouts and Sarah Scotts in southern Ohio and elsewhere around the United States. There even seems to be one Sarah Stout who married an Edward Scott, but still is not the one that I am related to.

The family had moved to another farm, this one in Wills Township, but still in Guernsey County, by 1880, when Sadie was twenty.  The family had shrunk from a total of eleven to five by the Census of 1880.  Their father Isaiah had died, and 50-year-old Emeline was left to care for the farm and family. Brothers Will and George had become doctors, and married. Tom had struck out for the west.

Sadie and her sister Mary, who was sick with a lung disease, were both teachers and still living at home. Lib was still at home, but would be married the following year. Frank was teaching and working on the farm, and would soon leave for Kansas.

When Sadie was 24, (1883) she married Edward Scott (26), whose father had emigrated from Ireland.  The local newspaper, The Daily Jeffersonian, carried a personal notice that “J. E. Cunningham family [Lib and her husband] of Sutton were at the Scott-Stout nuptials.”

At first Ed farmed in Guernsey County.  They had two daughters, Edna, born in October 1884 and Eleanor (Nellie), born in February 1890. The Daily Jeffersonian refers to Ed Scott and family of Quaker City visiting (probably Emeline) on August 27, 1896. The couple lost one other child in infancy.

Sarah Stout - crazy quilt

Emeline Stout’s crazy quilt piece.

I am so accustomed to my female relatives being identified in the employment column as “keeping house” or “none”, that I almost missed the designation of dressmaker. However, another column asks how many months a person was unemployed, and her column says 11. Odd. Did she have a very brief fling at selling dresses? That makes me wonder if her fabrics were not part of that wonderful quilt made by Emeline Stout. In fact, she may have contributed some of the fancy stitching. Of course since it is another ten years before another census, I do not know what she was doing in the first decade of the 20th century, but by 1910 she went back to being listed as “employment: none.”

Between 1900 and 1910, the family moved to Buffalo, West Virginia,  not far south of the Ohio River, where Ed was still farming in his fifties.


Sarah Stout-Buffalo W Va

Town of Buffalo, Photo by
Caroline Frazier

A real estate boom in Bladensburg Maryland somehow caught their attention.  Bladensburg had been the site of a battle during the War of 1812. Two subdivisions called Decatur Heights were plotted in the small town just north of Washington D.C. in 1914 and 1917 and the town experienced an explosion of growth. Ed and Sadie moved to the Decatur Heights neighborhood of Bladensburg and Ed began selling real estate in his sixties.

They were still living in Bladensburg as they turned 70, but in 1940, when Sarah was 80 and Ed 82, they had moved back to Belmont, Ohio to live with daughter Edna.  Edna* had married a minister, Charles Jarrett, from Virginia.

Ed Scott died in January, 1949 and Sadie Stout Scott one year later, both in Barnesville, Ohio.  They were buried in Guernsey County. Ed’s grave is in the Friends cemetery in Quaker City, but I have not been able to find Sadie’s–slippery to the end.

*My mother, Harriette Kaser Anderson remembered Edna Scott Jarrett. She told me that Edna started corresponding with her “after mother died” (Vera Stout Anderson), and that Edna had married a minister and had two sons who owned a radio station in West Virginia. (I have not verified information about the sons.)

How I am related:

Vera Marie Badertcher, who is the
daughter of Harriette Anderson Kaser, who is the
daughter of Vera Stout Anderson, who is the
daughter of William Cochran Stout, who is the
brother of Sarah/Sadie Stout Scott.

This has been another post that is part of the #52 Ancestors initiative. To see more participants go to the website that started it all: No Story Too Small.

Research Notes:

  • From Ancestry.com, I gathered information on birth, death, residence, family, etc. from Census and birth and death reports.  
  • Also from Ancestry. com, I accessed newspaper archives of the Cambridge Jeffersonian for the years 1881-1905.
  • Family photographs are in the author’s possession. Butler West Virginia photo is linked to source, the West Virginia Historical Society.