Person:William Stout (35)

William B. Stout
b.abt 1807 Illinois
m. 30 May 1799
  1. Capt. Henry B. Stout1798 - 1890
  2. William B. Stoutabt 1807 - abt 1867
m. 1840?
  1. William Stout1842 -
  2. Sarah Isabella Stout1843 - 1845
  3. Mary Helen Stout1845 - 1845
  4. George Stout1847 -
  5. Susan Elizabeth Stout1849 - 1850
  6. Benjamin Stout1853 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] William B. Stout
Gender Male
Alt Birth[2] abt 1805 Virginia
Birth[1] abt 1807 Illinois
Marriage 1840? to Matilda Caroline Richey
Census[1] 1850 Red River County, Texas
Census[2] 1860 Red River County, Texas
Death? abt 1867 Red River County, Texas

In October 1833, William B. Stout came into the area of the Republic of Texas and moved to Clarksville, Texas.

He applied for a headright certificate for two-thirds of a league and a labor of land to the Board of Land Commissioner's of Red River County.[3] In 1840, he and Selen Stout married sisters, Matilda Caroline Richey and Elvira Richey. William B Stout served as administrator for his father-in-law's estate when it was first entered into probate court in Red River County.

Both Henry and William B. Stout were brothers and captains in the Texas Rangers under the leadership of General Tarrant and during these times, Selen Stout rode with them. They ranged along the Red River frontier and helped to protect the settlers. William B. Stout was responsible for the building of Fort Sherman, Fort Rusk, and other fortifications. They were involved in the famous Village Creek Battle, in which Captain Denton was killed and Henry was badly injured by the Indians. William B. was a member of the second Texas legislature, representing Red River County, which at that time covered most of northeast Texas. Conflicting evidence exists regarding his service as a member of Captain Wood's Company at San Jacinto, however based upon a document by Thomas Rusk written on October 14, 1842 stating that William B participated in the battle, he received 640 acres granted to all veterans of San Jacinto.[5]

Later he was a member of the fifth legislature, representing Hopkins, Red River, Cook, and Fannin Counties. He also served as Captain of the Texas Rangers 1840-1841; Chief Justice of Red River county in 1844, and was a prominent lawyer.[6][8] During this time the principal mode of travel was the stagecoach. There were no paved roads, and the black, sticky mud in parts of east Texas made traveling difficult. As a captain in the Texas army, William B. mustered 95 men in the early part of 1861; they were transferred later that year to the Confederate Army. He was known as an assessor during the Civil War and had the rank of captain.[7] He was involved in many land deals and had amassed large land holdings, but due to his failing health and the impact of the Civil War, he lost most of it. He died in 1867.


Red River County, Texas, 1850 census:[1]

Stout, W. B. 43 yrs Farmer (real estate = $600) b. Illinois
      Matilda 30 yrs b. South Carolina
      William 8 yrs b. Texas
      George 3 yrs b. Texas
      Susan 11/12 yr b. Texas

Red River County, Texas, 1860 census:[2]

Stout, Wm. B. 55 yrs Farmer (real estate = $18,000; personal estate = $5,250) b. Virginia
      Matilda 39 yrs b. South Carolina
      William 17 yrs Student b. "Texas (Red River Co.)"
      George 13 yrs b. "Texas (Red River Co.)"
      Mary 9 yrs b. "Texas (Red River Co.)"
      Benjamin 7 yrs b. "Texas (Red River Co.)"
Byers, Wm. 23 yrs [no occupation] b. Missouri
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Red River, Texas, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. 212A, house/family 245/245.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Red River, Texas, United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule, p. ___, house/family 108/108.
  3. White, Gifford. First Settlers of Red River County, Texas. (St. Louis, Missouri: Frances Terry Ingmire, 1981), p. 26, 1820.

    Received a league and a labor of land.

  4.   Texas. General Land Office. Abstracts of All Original Texas Land Titles Comprising Grants and Locations. (Austin, Texas: Texas General Land Office), File #491, Patent #687, 18 Jul 1853.

    Received 1st Class headright #503 for 2,028-1/4 acres, located on cuthand Creek, which actually was patented by William M. Harrison.

  5. Handbook of Texas Online, "Stout, William B".
  6. 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 74.
  7. Kibart, Sylvia M, and Rita M. Adams. Pioneers of Hopkins County, Texas. (Wolfe City, Texas: Henington Pub., 1986-), p. 218-219.

    The Stout Family: Henry, William B and Selen Stout

  8. W. B. Stout, in Clarksville, Red River, Texas, United States. Northern Standard (Clarksville, Texas), Vol 1, No 37 Ed. 1, 25 May 1843.

    W. B. Stout, Attorney At Law, Clarksville, Texas
    Will attend the County Courts of Lamar County, Red River and also execute Deeds, Bonds, etc.