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James Selen Stout
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Birth: Aug. 30, 1818
Hempstead County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jul. 19, 1897
Hopkins County
Texas, USA

James Selen Stout was a Christian frontiersman, hunter, scout, explorer, founder, soldier, farmer and family man. His life exemplified the strength of character necessary to open the new frontier that became the state of Texas.

Selen was born in the frontier town of Washington in the Missouri Territory (later Hempstead County, Arkansas), and was carried across the Red River into the wilds of NE Texas while still a baby. Raised there by renown frontiersman Capt John Henry Stout and Sarah Talbot Stout, Selen became well-equipped with survival skills that served him well throughout his eventful life.

In 1836 at age 17, Selen traveled over 300 miles south to join Sam Houston's Texas Revolution effort. He and two others were charged there with the personal responsibility of guarding the Mexican leader, Generalissimo Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who had been taken prisoner following the Battle of San Jacinto. Selen remained with the Texas Revolution forces for the remainder of that year, serving as a hunter scout in the T. J. Rusk Brigade of the Texas Cavalry along the Lavaca River. Returning to NE Texas, young Selen became a member of his father's unit of the Texas Rangers, battling Indians and providing protection for settlements along the Red River.

Living in the community of Blossom Prairie during this time, Selen met and married Elvira Richey in 1840. The following year they relocated to Daingerfield following his discharge from Texas Ranger duty. Around three years later, Selen led an expedition 50 miles west to a survey of land he had purchased from his uncle, William B. Stout, several years earlier. The group included his family members among other settlers. There they established the Stout's Creek community that later became the present day Hopkins County community of Pine Forest. Selen donated land for the Primitive Baptist Church of Christ and also for a local school. Additionally, he helped establish the rule of law in the fledgling county. Selen and Elvira had eleven children born during the years 1841 to 1865 who were all raised in the Pine Forest community.

In October 1861, Selen and two of his sons, John and Benjamin, enlisted in the Confederate Army. They served together in Company F, 9th Texas Infantry, training first at Camp Rusk in Lamar County, then at Camp Benjamin in Fannin County. During the first three months of 1862 his unit traveled on foot to Little Rock, Arkansas and then Iuka, Mississippi. On March 19 they relocated to Corinth, Mississippi by rail where they were staged for battle. That opportunity came at Shiloh, Tennessee where Selen's unit saw bloody conflict when successfully overtaking Union encampments by bayonet charge on April 6, only to experience heavy casualties while being pushed back the following day to their original position. Selen received a slight wound during the battle.

Upon their retreat to Corinth, his unit completely reorganized based on new conscription guidelines from the Confederate Congress. Members over age 35 were released from duty. Based on circumstances not related to his injuries sustained at Shiloh, 3rd Sergeant James Selen Stout was discharged for medical disability on May 11, 1862 at Corinth. His enlistment was short, but his service to his country and the great state of Texas are forever remembered.

Although primarily a farmer by trade, Selen was also known as "Dr. J.C." in the Pine Forest community. His mother, a self-taught herbalist known for her caregiving skills, had passed on her knowledge natural cures to Selen. He was often called upon in this capacity to aid local residents.

At age 68 in 1887, Selen lost his wife of 47 years to an illness. He later remarried a widow and mother of two adult daughters, Mary J Miller. No children were born to this union and Mary remained with him until his death on July 19, 1897, just a few weeks short of his 79th birthday.

Family links: 
  Henry Stout (1799 - 1892)
  Mary J Stout (1841 - 1914)*
  Elvira Williams Richey Stout (1822 - 1887)*
  John Henry Stout (1841 - 1933)*
  Benjamin Franklin Stout (1844 - 1902)*
  Francis Marion Stout (1845 - 1928)*
  James Andrew Stout (1847 - 1912)*
  Joseph Cephas Stout (1849 - 1923)*
  Virgil Stewart Stout (1851 - 1905)*
  Martha D Stout Henley (1853 - 1870)*
  William Birdie Stout (1855 - 1901)*
  Robert Matthew Stout (1858 - 1936)*
  James Selen Stout (1862 - 1934)*
  Mary Elizabeth Stout Pogue (1865 - 1916)*
  James Selen Stout (1818 - 1897)
  Thomas Rusk Stout (1854 - 1930)*
  Martha E. Stout (1859 - 1946)*
*Calculated relationship
Pine Forest Cemetery
Pine Forest
Hopkins County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: David Parker
Originally Created by: Gena Forsyth
Record added: Jun 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19995109
James Selen Stout
Added by: David Parker
James Selen Stout
Added by: Gena Forsyth
James Selen Stout
Added by: Gena Forsyth
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To my Great, Great, Great grandfather I so enjoy reading about you and wish I could have known you!
- S Stelzer
 Added: Dec. 11, 2016
James Selen Stout contributed his many talents in the 1800's for Texas.
 Added: Aug. 6, 2016
Well, Selen, it's up to me to find and tell your stories now. Help me find your mother's info. She's the bright star who will guide me.
- CLM Stout
 Added: Jun. 27, 2016
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