Person:James Stout (28)

James Selen Stout
d.19 July 1897 Hopkins County, Texas
m. 1818?
  1. James Selen Stout1818 - 1897
  2. Elizabeth Stout1826 - 1897
  3. Benjamin Franklin Stout1829 - 1875
m. 1840
  1. John A. S. Stoutabt 1842 -
  2. Benjamin A. Stoutabt 1843 -
  3. Francis Marion Stout1845 - 1928
  4. James A. Stoutabt 1847 -
  5. Josephus Stoutabt 1849 -
  6. Virgil Stuart Stout1851 - 1906
  7. Martha Stoutabt 1854 - bef 1870
  8. William Stoutabt 1857 -
  9. Robert Stoutabt 1859 -
  10. Selen Stoutabt 1862 -
  11. Mary Elizabeth Stout1865 - 1916
m. aft 1887
Facts and Events
Name James Selen Stout
Alt Name Selen Stout
Gender Male
Birth[5] 30 Aug 1818 Washington, Hempstead County, Arkansas Territory
Marriage 1840 Red River County, Texas(his 1st wife)
to Elvira Williams Richey
Military[6] 1848 Served in the War with Mexico, according to his son.
Census[7] 1850 Hopkins County, Texas
Census[8] 1860 Hopkins County, Texas
Census[9] 1870 Hopkins County, Texas
Census[10] 1880 Hopkins County, Texas
Marriage aft 1887 Hopkins County, Texas(his 2nd wife, her 2nd husband; no issue)
to Mary J. Unknown
Death[5] 19 July 1897 Hopkins County, Texas
Burial[6] Pine Forest Cemetery, Hopkins County, Texas

Is this the same person as James C Stout, who served under Becknell in the Texas Revolution?

Hopkins County, Texas, 1850 census [7]

Stout, Jas. S. 32 yrs Farmer (real estate = $500) b. Arkansas
      Elvira S. 27 yrs b. Alabama
      John A. S. 8 yrs b. Texas
      Benjamin A. 7 yrs b. Texas
      Francis H. 5 yrs b. Texas
      James A. 3 yrs b. Texas
      Josephus 1 yr b. Texas

Hopkins County, Texas, 1860 census (ref name="S8"/>

Stout, Jas. S. 40 yrs Farmer (real estate = $1,300; personal estate = $2,800) b. Arkansas (cannot read/write)
      Elvira 38 yrs b. Alabama
      John 19 yrs Farm Laborer b. Texas
      Benjamin 17 yrs Farm Laborer b. Texas
      Francis 16 yrs b. Texas
      James 13 yrs b. Texas
      Joseph 11 yrs b. Texas
      Virgil 9 yrs b. Texas
      Martha 6 yrs b. Texas
      William 3 yrs b. Texas
      Robert 1 yr b. Texas

Hopkins County, Texas, 1870 census [9]

Stout, James 52 yrs Farmer (real estate = $1,000; personal estate = $1,550) b. Arkansas
      Elvira 48 yrs Keeping house b. Alabama
      Francis 25 yrs Farmer b. Texas
      James 23 yrs Farmer b. Texas
      Josephus 21 yrs b. Texas
      Virgil 19 yrs b. Texas
      William 14 yrs b. Texas
      Robert 11 yrs b. Texas
      Celin [m] 8 yrs b. Texas
      Mary 4 yrs b. Texas
Henry, Edmond 23 yrs Farmer b. Texas
      Mary 3/12 yr b. Texas

Hopkins County, Texas, 1880 census [10]

Stout, J. S. 62 yrs Farmer b. Arkansas (parents, b. Illinois)
      Elvira 56 yrs Wife Housekeeper b. Alabama (parents, b. North Carolina/South Carolina)
      Mary 14 yrs Dau At Home b. Texas (parents, b. Arkansas/Alabama)
Henley, Mary 12 yrs Orphan At School b. Texas (parents, b. Texas)


In 1821, Henry and Sarah (Mary) Talbot Stout brought their young son, James Selen, into the area that was later to become the northeast part of the Republic of Texas. At this time, it was part of the Arkansas Territory, a wilderness overrun with Indians, and wild animals. Selen grew up never knowing anything but wilderness where he learned to be a good scout and hunter. He and Henry explored all the northeastern territory and continued to guide settlers into the areaS1.

In 1836, Selen and others heard of a battle down by the Gulf between Texans led by San Houston and Mexicans commanded by Santa Anna. Selen and some others dropped everything and headed there, arriving the day after the Battle of San Jacinto, April 22nd, where Santa Anna had surrendered. Remembering the fall of the Alamo, and other cruelties performed by Santa Anna's army, the Texan patriots were very much inflamed. Sam Houston designated Isaiah Lawson, John Stiles, and Selen Stout to guard him. Selen also served as a Texas Ranger in the Texas Revolutionary Army, July - October, 1836. He was a guide and buffalo hunter for Sam Houston's armyS2.

Selen guided many settlers through the dangerous wilds of northeast Texas. After his service in the army, Selen returned to his home at Blossom Prairie in Lamar County, married Elvira Richey about 1840, and they were to eventually become the parents of eleven children. The Stout and Richey families moved together to Daingerfield, the county seat of Paschal County. From here, James Selen Stout came in August, 1841, with county surveyor Levi Jordan, and surveyed the William B. Stout survey which included the land where Pine Forest was later located. The survey was one-third of the headright of W. B. Stout's 1,479 acres. Selen bought the land from his uncle, William B. Stout. Paschal County, which included Stout's Creek Neighborhood and had its county seat at Daingerfield, was organized in 1841 and declared unconstitutional in 1842S3. One mile east of what became Pine Forest, on the east bank of Stout's Creek, a log church for all denominations was built, called Mt. Pisgah. This building was also used for a school, and later came to be known as the old Bumblebee school named after the large number of bumblebees that nested in the sweet gum logsS3.

In 1855, Selen Stout gave three acres of land to William Lain, John Stuart Richey, Arthur Brown Mason (trustees of the Primitive Baptist Church of Christ) and to Robert Junell and James Barton Brumley (trustees of the community school) "reserving to the neighborhood the right and privilege of teaching school in any house now and on said premises or that may be hereafter built on the land."S3

Selen's mother became famous in the Pine Forest community for her skill with herbs, and was known as an herb doctor. It was Selen Stout who guided the first permanent settlers to what is now Hopkins County. He made his home in Hopkins County where he died at the age of seventy-eight in 1897, having served as scout, patriot, Texas Ranger, surveyor, doctor, and citizen throughout the Red River District and Hopkins County. He and Elvira are buried at Pine Forest. A Texas Historical marker (#11695) stands as a lone sentinel beside his grave. The marker is inscribed:

Born in Arkansas, James Selen Stout was reared in what became northeast Texas. He served three months in the Republic of Texas cavalry in 1836,and in 1838 received a grant of 320 acres of land for his service. His parents, Henry and Sarah Stout,also received a land grant, and their property included the area that became Clarksville, the Red River County seat. A frontier scout and explorer, James S. Stout settled in this vicinity and helped encourage settlement in this area. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He and his wife Elvira (Richey) were the parents of eleven childrenS4.

At least two of his sons served in the Confederate Army, and his children helped establish the progress of Hopkins County.

James S Stout signing his part to his mother-in-law, Martha, in the estate of his father-in-law, John Richey:

Children's Signing 11 Nov 1844: John Richey Estate
Children's Signing 11 Nov 1844: John Richey Estate
Image Gallery
  1.   Kibart, Sylvia M, and Rita M. Adams. Pioneers of Hopkins County, Texas. (Wolfe City, Texas: Henington Pub., 1986-), p. 218, 1821.

    The Stout Family by Greta Bowers Stout

  2.   Selen Stout, in Minter, Dr. Thomas J. Frontiersman James Selen Stout. (, p. 2, 1836.
  3.   Selen Stout, in Post, Gerald Virtrue, and 1904-1977. Alive and Good to Know, 386 pps: Dedicated to Family and Comunity Historians and to everyone who is alive and good to know. (Dallas, Texas 75234: APSWIN, Inc. 14418 Hague, Dallas, Texas 75234, 1988), p. 6, 1841.
  4.   Selen Stout, in Historical Marker Information Database. (, 2000.

    Marker #11695

  5. 5.0 5.1 J. S. Stout, in Tuck, June E. (June England), and Deborah Tuck Young. Hopkins County, Texas cemetery inscriptions : volume 1. (Sulphur Springs, Texas: D.T. Young and J.E. Tuck, c1985 (Wolfe City, Tex. : Henington Pub.)), p 229.

    b. Aug. 30, 1818, d. Jly 19, 1897

  6. 6.0 6.1 Find A Grave.

    Find a Grave Includes a transcribed letter to a newspaper, apparently in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, which he wrote late in life and which includes an assortment of biographical information.

  7. 7.0 7.1 Hopkins, Texas, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 142A, dwelling/family 102/102.
  8. Hopkins, Texas, United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 140, dwelling/family 107/106.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Hopkins, Texas, United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 96B, dwelling/family 284/282.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Hopkins, Texas, United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule, ED 57, p. 140B, dwelling/family 128/131.