In our family records, Richard Stout was born in 1609, in Nottinghamshire, the son of John Stout and Elizabeth Bee. He was pressed into the British Navy, or joined it after a quarrel with his father over a girl. Leaving the navy in New Amsterdam, he eventually met, and supposedly married, Penelope vanPrincis, nee Kent or Lent, after her adventure with the Indians. Their third son, James, was born in 1648, in Gravesend, Long Island. His son, also James, was born in N.J. and died in 1786. His son, Thomas, was a miller and friend of George Washington. I noticed you don't have a connection with Thomas' son, Peter, b.7/1/1781, who married Maria vanDoren (Jacob, Christian). Peter's son, Jacob vanDoren Stout, 4/26/1816, Somerset, NJ, married Helen Stryker Voorhees (Abram, James, Jacobus, Jan Janse, Jan Stevense, Steven Coert) 11/17/1817. Their son was Abram Voorhees Stout, 11/29/1841, Greene Co. IL. He and his friend, Steven Sutton, campaigned for Lincoln, then bought land in what is now Stout, Iowa. A.V. married Sutton's sister, Sarah Ellen. Their son was John Henry Stout, my great-grandfather, born in Greene Co. IL, 2/5/1868. John Henry married Delia Effie Hazard and they had 5 sons and one surviving daughter. My grandfather, Clovis Fred (2/14/1895, Org, MN) had four sons and a daughter. Only 3 sons had offspring, ten in all, including my brother and 4 other males, all living. My two sisters and I have girl cousins and boy cousins from both of Dad's brothers. My parents have about 70 descendants, to the beginnings of the 5th generation. My brother's sons also have sons. The Stout surname in Minnesota is secure for the forseeable future.