Brothers James (1831-1916), George Washington Sr. (1834-1926
and Joseph (1836-1919) Stout all traveled to Mahaska County, Iowa from their
homes in Union County, Ohio in the mid-1800’s.
They were the sons of James (1796-1854) and Susannah Sagathy Stout
(1797-1882) who also resided in Union County.
James arrived first around 1852 and married Mary Jane Gray
(1837-1905). He was a farmer, butter and
egg merchant and grain dealer. After the
death of his wife, James moved to Anderson County, Kansas to live with his
daughter, Alice Stout Ford, and her family where he died. His remains were returned to Iowa and he is
buried in Old Rose Hill Cemetery along with his wife, Mary Jane. The next to arrive about 1855 was George
Washington Sr. along with his wife, Mary Ann Moore (1831-1926) and
children. George was a farmer, one-time
proprietor of the Union House Hotel in Rose Hill and a breeder of prize winning
poultry. Both George and Mary Ann are also
buried in Old Rose Hill Cemetery. The
last brother to arrive was Joseph sometime after the Civil War. He married his second wife Charlotte Porter
(1850-1932) in Keokuk County, Iowa. The
family eventually moved to Custer County, Nebraska where they are buried. Joseph was a farmer and he and another
brother, William H. H. Stout, both served in the Union
Army during the Civil War. Many of the three
brother’s families and direct descendants are buried in Old Rose Hill Cemetery
as well as other Mahaska County cemeteries.
This Stout family line are direct descendants of Richard and Penelope
Stout who traveled to America in the early 1640’s and were among the founding
families of Middletown, New Jersey in 1664. They are also descended from Major
Thomas Johnson Stout (1734-1827), a patriot of the American Revolution. Several members of this Stout family have
operated restaurants in Oskaloosa, Sigourney and other Iowa communities.