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Isaiah Stout, Truth, Half-Truth and Mysterious Myths

Isaiah Stout (1822-1872)

The long and fascinating story of the Stout family in America starts in 1643 on the East Coast when Richard Stout of Nottinghamshire, England ended a 7-year stint with the English navy and worked briefly as a mercernary for the Dutch in New Amsterdam.

I will tell Richard’s and his wife’s stories later, but they wound up in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and the Stouts married, prospered and multiplied in New Jersey for some generations before spreading over many different states. Because there are so many Stouts, there are many books and many truths, half-truths and mysterious myths to wade through.

My maternal grandmother’s (Vera Stout Anderson)s paternal grandfather was Isaiah Stout. For several generations each family of Stouts had an Isaiah and an Isaac–just to make things interesting for their descendants who might want to trace family history, I tend to think, peevishly.

More realistically the names reflect a strong religious theme that started when the pioneer, Richard Stout, cast his lot with the Anabaptists who differed with my Pilgrim ancestors in that they did not believe in baptizing babies. Since I know that my Great-grandfather William C. Stout was a devout Christian, I have no reason to doubt that his father, Isaiah was as well.

I see an interesting mystery in the biography of Isaiah Stout’s son John Franklin Stout  (brother of my great grandfather William Stout) in the book Omaha, the Gate City and Douglas County Nebraska (1917) it says

“His (John Franklin’s) grandfather Isaac, a native of New Jersey, spent his entire life in that state. His father, Isaiah Stout, was born in  New Jersey 1822 and traveled on foot to Ohio when 17 years of age.”

My great-great grandfather Isaiah’s  grandfather Isaiah (1773-1810) and his son  Issac (1800-1877), were part of the minority of Stouts who stayed in New Jersey through the 19th century. , perhaps influenced by all those uncles and cousins who were moving west, John Franklin’s father, Isaiah (1822-1872) DID resettle in southern Ohio, and it is quite possible it was when he was 17 and he walked. I know from reading about the wagon trains in that period that most travelers walked alongside the wagons rather than ride.

That would be very interesting, if true, and totally in line with the adventurous spirit of other, earlier Stout men–particularly the pioneer, Richard Stout. But, alas, I have no way of proving that Isaiah Stout (1800-1877) actually walked from New Jersey to Ohio in 1839, at the age of 17. It is also of interest because Isaiah’s next to youngest son, Thomas, left home at 17 to travel west from Ohio. This same bio says that John Franklin Stout is “a representative of an old New Jersey family of Dutch extraction.”  That is partially true. As I pointed out, Richard Stout, the pioneer, was English. However his wife Penelope came from Holland.

Emeline Stout, who made the crazy quilt

Emeline Cochrane Stout

So many Stouts had scattered to the western frontier (which Ohio still was) that I suspect Isaiah was following some uncles or cousins west in 1839. Whatever his motivation for landing in Guernsey County in southern Ohio, five years after he arrived, he had won the heart of 18-year-old Emeline Cochran and the approval of her family who were pioneers in that county. They were married On June 11, 1822 and the following year their first son, my great-grandfather, William Cochran Stout was born.

The History of Guernsey County (published in 1882) holds another mystery.

“The couple lived for some years in Guernsey and Washington counties, and in Clay county, Indiana, lived in Oxford township for ten years and finally settled on a farm one mile west of Middlebourne in Wills township, where Mr. Stout died in 1872.” 

I have heard no family tales of that move to Indiana–although I know there were other Stout families in Indiana. Nor do I have any concrete record of them living in Washington County. I do know where the Stout farm was located in Wills Township, Guernsey County, west of Middlebourne. [ADDITION March 2016]  I have discovered a land deed in which an Isaac Stout and his wife “Lidia” transfer land in Delaware County, Indiana in 1838. This cannot be the father of the Isaiah that we are focusing on here, because there are clear records of an Isaac and Lydia Stout in  Indiana. Plus, it is a different county than mentioned in  the Guernsey County book. 

In the 28 years they were married, Emmeline and Isaiah had eleven children, built a house and a successful farm. Three of their children died before reaching the age of 5. Isaiah, apparently uneducated and content to stay in Ohio and work his farm, surely was proud of his bright sons and daughters, although he did not live to see most of them reach success in marriage and careers. I can’t help think that he might have been disappointed that his four successful sons turned their back on his Ohio farm. I have no photos of Isaiah–although there are pictures of Emmeline and most of the children in our family collection, but based on the photo of his sons that you can see here, I have a mental picture of a sturdy man with a high forehead and upright bearing.

The Stout Cemetery,

The Stout Cemetery, Guernsey County, Ohio. Photo by Larry and Judy Anderson.

Isaiah died when he was just fifty years old, before his youngest two sons left for the west and became a lawyer and a rancher, but he saw his two oldest sons become doctors.

Unfortunately Isaiah never met any of his 24 grandchildren before he was buried in the Stout cemetery in Guernsey County.

How I am related

  • Vera Marie Badertscher, 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
  • son of Isaiah Stout.


  • From Ancestry.com, I gathered information on birth, death, residence, family, etc. from Census and birth and death reports.  
  • History of the Stout Family by Nathan Stout, accessed on line at U. S. Gen Web Archives.
  • The Household Guide and Instructor with Biographies, History of Guernsey County, Ohio, by T. F. Williams (1882)  (Two copied pages that include the Stout/Cochran family are in my possession. (Whole available free through Google books)
  • Omaha, The Gate City and Douglas County Nebraska, Vol. 2, edited by Arthur Cooper Wakely (1917). (E-book Available free through Google Books)
  • Family photographs are in the author’s possession. 

Brief Life of a Delicate Beauty: Mary Stout

Mary Stout 1847-1881

Mary Stout, tintype

Mary Stout, Sister of Dr. Wm. C. Stout, tintype. Best guess: 1865-1870

This very pretty young lady who either had naturally curly hair or spent some time crimping it. She was very thin–particularly if you compare her to the other Stout women–who lived up to their name.  The photographer saw fit to add some bright red spots on her cheeks, which ironically in hindsight seem to reflect her illness. This is a tintype, and so not extremely clear (see more about different types of photographs in this article I wrote about dating photos.)

Mary was the second oldest in the family, coming along in 1847, two years after my great-grandfather William Cochran Stout, when her mother Emeline was twenty-five years old. Like her seven brothers and sisters, she grew up on a farm in Guernsey County (moving only with the family from Oxford Township to Wills Township when her father changed farms) but unlike her siblings, she never left home and never married.

Although I say she never left home, it seems that she might have received a bit of education beyond high school, because in 1880 the census report lists her (at 33) as a teacher. Ten years before that, when she was 23, she was not teaching–she was “at home.”  I speculate that this could mean she was a music teacher or sewing teacher–something that would not entail going out to a public place, and might not require extra education.  Don’t those long thin fingers look like a pianist?

Whatever it meant by “teaching,” the 1880 census also reports that at the time of the census she has been unable to work because of “lung disease.”

Was Mary a “consumptive?”  Did she suffer from what we now call tuberculosis?  And did her illness perhaps inspire her brothers Will and George to enter medical practice? All is speculation.

At the point in time when the census taker called upon the family in the summer of 1880, Mary’s father Isaiah Stout had died, William had left home, George was studying medicine, Martha was married and Thomas off to make his fortune in the West. Elizabeth (Lib) and Sarah were still at home, but soon to be married. Frank was still tending the farm, but about to take off to study law and move west.

All I know for sure is that frail, pretty Mary died in 1881 when she was 34 years old, apparently carried off by her lung disease. Their mother, Emeline, must have felt the blow severely. While she had lost other children, this was the first adult child to die before their mother.

Mary Stout, my great-grand aunt is buried in the Stout family cemetery in Guernsey County.

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
  • sister of Mary Stout.

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, but Mary Stout was not mentioned.
  • Family photographs are in the author’s possession.