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The story of the Stout family and Penelope Van Princes, as handed down in the
Stout family, is that Richard Stout, the first of the name in America, came from
Nottinghamshire, England, a son of John. Richard served for some years in the
English navy and was finally discharged at the port of New Amsterdam, N. Y.
About this time a ship from Holland, with many Dutch immigrants, was driven
ashore during a severe storm, on the Jersey coast near Middletown, Monmouth Co.
The crew and passengers reached shore safely, but were soon attacked by a band
of Indians, who it is said, massacred the entire party. Among the passengers was
Penelope Van Princes and her husband. The husband was killed outright, and
Penelope, badly bruised, ripped open and unconscious, was left for dead.
Recovering consciousness she crawled to a hollow tree for some protection and
seclusion where she was discovered by a friendly Indian. Compassionately he
carried her to his wigwam, nursed her back to life and eventually carried her in
his canoe to New Amsterdam and sold her to the Dutch. Later, Penelope met and
married Richard Stout in 1663, in N. Y. City, and settled in Monmouth County, N.
J. The name of Penelope's father was Van Princes; her husband's name uncertain.
(First publication of the story was in "Proceeds," 1st Series, vol. 1:162-3,
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