Penelope Stout

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Penelope Stout was an early white settler of Monmouth County, New Jersey. According to History of the Baptists [1](cited in Stout and Allied Families by H.F. Stout[2]) she lived to the age of 110.


Her story

In 1643 [3] Penelope and her husband took ship from the Netherlands to New Amsterdam. Their ship foundering, she and her husband and several others made land at Sandy Hook. Her husband, often identified as named Van Princin, wasn't able to travel and after the couple were abandoned they suffered an attack from the natives. She survived the attack and sheltered in a hollow tree until she, due to hunger she said, felt compelled to make herself known to the Navesink tribe of Leni Lenapi. They bound up her wounds, and when she was well enough to travel she was, perhaps sold, to the Dutch at New Amsterdam. There she married Richard Stout. They had a large family (7 sons and 3 daughters) mostly born at Gravesend in the area of Coney Island, Brooklyn. They moved to Middletown Township, New Jersey around 1665. This was where the Leni Lenapi who had earlier helped her were living, and they were still living there when the Stouts arrived. In some versions of the story, the Indian who rescued Penelope many years earlier warned her of an Indian attack in the planning stages, and she was able to thwart it.

In some versions[4] Penelope had 502 direct descendants when she died at the age of 110.

The dates and surname for Penelope are quite variable in the several references. The Gravesend Town Records[5] as written by Englishmen at the time of a slander trial in Sept 1648 name the defendant as Penelope Prince. However, this does not necessarily mean that she had not yet married Richard Stout, as married Dutch women in that time period traditionally used their maiden names.

See also


  1. ^ Benedict
  2. ^ Stout, Herald F.
  3. ^ Stillwell estimates 1643/44; controversial
  4. ^ Benedict
  5. ^ Gravesend Town Records


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