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George Hance Stout
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Birth: May 17, 1784
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Feb. 28, 1859
New Brunswick
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA

George Hance Stout was born 1784 in Amwell Twp, Hunterdon, Co, NJ, believed to be the eldest of 6 known surviving children (4 boys/2 girls) born to Jacob Stout and Agigail Hance.

He was the paternal grandson of David Stout & Sarah Higgins; and gr-grandson of James Stout & Catherine Simon, all of Amwell Twp, Hunterdon County, NJ. He was a direct descendant of this family's patriarch, Richard Stout of England (ca. 1615-1705) who first settled in Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ and later married Penelope Van Princes. It was Richard's son, David, who left Middletown for Amwell Township in the late 1600's.

The story of the Hance family in the New World was published by a descendant Nathan Stout in 1823, and of such interest, one story is repeated here. The story relates to the patriarch, Richard Stout of England.

"... Richard, when quite young paid his addresses to a young woman that his father though below his rank, upon which account some unpleasant conversation happened between the father and the son, on account of which, the said Richard left his father's house; and in a few days engaged on board a ship of war, where he served about seven years, after which time he got a discharge at New Amsterdam, now called New York, in America. About the same time a ship from Amsterdam, in Holland, on her way to the said New Amsterdam, was driven on the shore that is now called Middletown, in Monmouth County, in the State of New Jersey,
which ship was loaded with passengers, who with much difficulty got on shore. But the Indians not long after fell upon them and butchered and killed the whole crew, as they thought, but soon after the Indians were gone, a certain Penelope Van Princes, whose husband the Indians had killed, found herself possessed of strength enough to creep to a hollow tree, where she remained some days. An Indian happening to come that way, whose dog coming to the tree, occasioned him to examine the inside of the tree, where he found the said Penelope in a forlorn, distressed condition. She was bruised very severely about the head, and her bowels protruded from a cut across her abdomen; she kept them in with her hand. She had been in this fearful condition seven days when the Indian found her. In his compassion he took her out of the tree and carried her to his wigwam where he treated her kindly and healed her wounds, and in a short time conveyed her in his canoe to New Amsterdam, where he sold her to the Dutch, who then owned that city, now called New York.

The man and woman from whom the whole race of Stouts descended, got into the city of New Amsterdam, where they became acquainted with each other and were married. And, not withstanding, it may be thought by some, that they conducted themselves with more fortitude than prudence, they immediately crossed the bay and settled in the above said Middletown, where the said Penelope had lost her first husband by the Indians and had been so severely wounded herself. There was at that time but six white families in the settlement, including their own, (which was in the year 1648), where they continued until they became rich in prosperity and rich in children. They had together seven sons and three daughters ..."

George Hance Stout left the family farm to seek his fortune in the City of New Brunswick. In about 1805, he married Phebe FitzRandolph, daughter of Lewis FitzRandolph, and from thence was involved in the FitzRandolph family business -- coal.

George and Phebe would become parents to 7 known children (3 boys/4 girls) born in New Brunswick: Eliza Stout (c.1807), Abigail Hance Stout (c. 1809), Lewis FitzRandolph Stout (1810-1887), John Wilson Stout (1814-1884), Augustus T. Stout (1819-1865), Anna FitzRandolph Stout (1821-1910), and Maria C. Stout (1824-1915).

George was a successful coal merchant in New Brunswick, and later a partnered with his son-in-law, Simon Van Winkle, in the Stout, Van Winkle & Co. with mining operations out of Ebervale, PA.

George was widowed in 1845 when his wife of 40 years passed at age 61. He survived her 14 years, passing in 1859 at age 74. As for his children, none are buried here; but sme of his grandchildren are. All 3 of his sons married and had children.

Lewis FitzRandolph Stout married Jane Woodruff in 1837 and they were parents to 5 children: Elizabeth, Phebe, George H, Fitz Randolph, and Luceta. Lewis was a merchant in New Brunswick selling iron stoves. His 2 sons, George & Fitz Randolph, later operated a successful hardware store in New Brunswick, and George is buried here in Willow Grove. Lewis died in 1887, followed by his wife in 1893.

John Wilson Stout also married in 1837, taking as his bride Abigail Eleanor Baudouin from Six Mile Run in Somerset County. They would become parents to 10 known children, residing for a while in Princeton, then moving to Newark where John was also in the coal business and later entered politics as City Treasurer. Just before his death, John was involved in law suit being accused of misappropriation of about $250,000 in city funds. The case never went to trial, as he died just about 4 months later in Sept of 1884 at age 70.

Augustus T. Stout also went into the coal business, becoming a wealthy coal merchant. He married Jane Dunham of the Piscataway Dunhams, and had one child, Annie. He served as Mayor of New Brunswick in 1865, and often reported as having died in office, but he appears on the 1870 census, well and alive, so he obviously survived the office. He and his family removed to Raritan Township after serving as Mayor.

As for his daughters, his eldest, Emily, died young. Abigail married a cousin, Richard Stout. Anna married Simon Van Winkle, who made a fortune in the coal business. They were parents of 2 sons, George and Augustus, who continued in the business. In 1876, Anna was listed of President of the Ebervale & South Mountain Coal Company, Luzerne County, PA; although it is not known if she was an active company leader, or just a "paper only" president. Anna outlived all her siblings, and husband, passing in 1910 at about age 89. The youngest daughter, Maria, became the 2nd wife Ovando S. X. Peck of New York, a businessman and legislator.
Family links: 
  Phebe FitzRandolph Stout (1784 - 1845)
  Abigail H. Stout Stout (1809 - 1889)*
  Anna Randolph Stout Van Wickle (1821 - 1895)*
*Calculated relationship
Willow Grove Cemetery
New Brunswick
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: pbfries
Record added: Apr 17, 2010
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George Hance Stout
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3rd cousin, 6x removed.
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