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132. Frederick F. Van Liew was born on 5 Feb 1755. He died on 31 Dec 1838 in Lodi, Seneca, New York. He was buried in Lodi Cemetery, Seneca, New York. Ref # 4J18 and 4J18W Frederick F. Van Liew and wife Penelope Stout

Reprinted from the INDEPENDENT, Ovid, New York.

Issue of Feb 7, 1900

The Stout Family of New Jersey and New York descended from English and Dutch ancestry in a romantic manner.

Richard Stout, the original progenitor of the family in America, was born about 1610 in Nottinghamshire, England. Being thwarted during early life by his father, a nobleman of England, in a love affair with a young girl beneath him in social life, he enlisted on a British man-of-war. He served his full time, and was honorably discharged at Manhattan Island, while under the government of the Dutch.

About the same year, 1640, a vessel from Holland, with passengers was wrecked on the coast of Jersey, near Sandy Hook and nearly all on board were lost. Among the few rescued was a young woman whose husband upon swimming ashore, was killed by the Indians, while she was saved in a wounded and forsaken condition. Cared for by the natives, she was entirely restored and carried by then in a boat to the Island of Manhattan. This person's name was Penelope Van Princes (Prinsis), now a young Dutch widow.

She shortly afterward made the acquaintance of Richard Stout, at that time a resident and land-owner at Gravesend, LONG ISLAND About 1643-4, they were married and, according to tradition, they with others, soon moved to the very shores of Monmouth Co., NEW JERSEY where the shipwreck occurred a few years before.

On account of the unfriendliness of the Indians, the settlement was broken up. The five or six Dutch families, with Richard Stout, returned to Manhattan, the latter to Gravesend where he lived a few years with Lady Moody's Colony, being one of the thirty-nine patentees.

Some of the near descendants of this Richard Stout moved from New Jersey to what is now Lodi, and their descendants are still with us, all of whom have been respected and prosperous people, and for the interest the readers of the Independent will take in it, this correspondent proposes to trace this large and influential family down to the present day and give a few interesting facts connected therewith.

Penelope Stout, named for Penelope Van Princes (who was in the shipwreck before mentioned) was the daughter of Richard Stout, son of John, son of Joseph, some of Jonathan, some of the original Richard Stout. This Penelope Stout married in East Jersey a young man by the name of Frederick F. Van Liew, whose parents also emigrated from Holland and settled in New Jersey. (Error)

This Frederick F. Van Liew was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He and his wife Penelope moved to this section (Lodi) from New Jersey in 1799 and settled on the farm now owned and occupied by Daniel G. Covert, something less than a mile south of Lodi Lehigh Valley Station, the house on the farm being then near the Halsey place.

Frederick's wife was very homesick and longed to go back to New Jersey, as there had as yet been found no soft water springs (as in New Jersey). She said that she could not wash her dishes or clothes knowing nothing of, or never having had occasion to use rain water up to this time. All preparations had been made for the return, and the team was harnessed, when by chance they discovered on the place, a spring, which was, singular to say, softer and sweeter than any in New Jersey. Her let us say that there is probably not a spring in this whole section like this one, soft as rain water and contains more medicinal properties than most of the advertised medicinal springs.

Right beside this spring, Frederick and Penelope settled, lived and died. The same property is now owned by descendants of the same family, viz: Daniel G. Covert, who received it from Alzina Covert, a daughter of Anna Gibson, who was a daughter of Frederick and Penelope Van Liew. Nathan S., their son, came into possession of the farm and at his death, Daniel R. Gibson and his wife, Anna. Frederick F. Van Liew and his wife, Penelope, erected the brick house which is now standing, just as it was nearly a century ago, and is in first class condition today. At that time it was a great curiosity, as it was the first of its kind in this country. The brick for it was made in the barnyard now owned by Mrs. Luther Knight, daughter of the late Thomas B. Neal, a grand-daughter of Richard, son of Frederick Van Liew. The woodwork in this historic house was done by a man named McConnel for the sum of $50. AN inspection of this work would show that even in that early day, fine workmen could be found. The mason work was done by Daniel Stout, nephew of Penelope, and Isaac Brown, father of Elmira, wife of the late Elial S. Miller who removed from Lodi to Peabody, Kansas in 1884.

To Frederick and Penelope were born eleven children, viz: 1790, Elizabeth; 1791, John; 1794, Nathaniel S.; 1795, William; 1797, Mary; 1799, Frederick; 1801, Richard; 1803, Peter; 1804, Anna; 1807, Elhanan; 1810, Penelope. Elizabeth died early. Nathaniel S. died in 1856. He as the father of two sons who became well-known in al this section - Myron and Frederick, and grandfather of Charles I. Van Liew, of Albany who is known all over the state. His father was Myron, and Frederick was the father of Mrs. Alison B. Covert, now of Williamson, Wayne Co. Mary, wife of Samuel Benson died in 1859; John died in 1839; William died in 1881; Richard died in 1881; Elhanan in 1864; Peter in 1882; Anna in 1888; Penelope, wife of Amos Peterson, died in 1897. The children of Frederick and Penelope Van Liew best known to the people of Lodi and Seneca County, were; Richard, Anna, Elhanan and Penelope, they having settled and resided here all their lives.

Richard was a very active man, a great church worker, and contributor, a communicant of the Methodist church of Lodi and devoted most of his time during his latter years to the work of the church. He was, in fact, its foremost financier. He married Maria Hoagland, to whom were born two children, Wilhelmina Neal, recently diseased, and Mary Ingersoll, of Ithaca, also recently diseased.

Anna married Daniel R. Gibson, a man very highly and universally respected. They had a large family of children. A grandson, D. G. Covert, before mentioned, is now upon the homestead.

Penelope, the youngest, named also for the original Penelope Van Princes, married Amos Peterson, one of the most highly respected and substantial men in the county. Mr. Peterson is now nearly 91 years of age, in many ways a wonderful old man, as active mentally and physically as most men at 70. His children are Elhanan, who was sketched recently as a "Lodi Boy", Henry and Daniel. Henry is an expert in the earring and judging of fine horses, has large farming interests, and is now the treasurer of the great Willard State Hospital. Elhanan has only one daughter, also named Penelope - so it seems the family is determined that the name of the noted woman, Penelope Van Princes, shall be continued.

This writer could also go on and relate many facts of interest concerning other members of this large and interesting family - about Elhanan who reared a large and intelligent family; who was the most noted lumberman that Seneca County has ever had; of Peter, who married Anna Couch, a daughter of Adam Couch, prominent in the early days, and what he accomplished in Michigan (see ensuing article on Peter Van Liew), of Mary, wife of Samuel Benson, and of his connection with the mills which formed the subject of an article in the Independent not long since by this writer - but must keep this within reasonable limits.

Richard Van Liew and Penelope Peterson used to tell the story, that the Indians, supposing they had killed Penelope Van Princes, as well as her husband, left her for dead and an old Indian Chief sewed up her wounds and nursed here to health and vigor and protected her as his adopted daughter. Her sufferings were so great she begged her rescuer to kill her, but the chief was determined to accomplish her restoration. She afterward married the original Richard Stout in 1643, reared a large and influential family and died at the age of 112 years.

Frederick F. Van Liew and his wife Penelope are buried in West Lodi Cemetery. Their graves are marked by those old, noted grey stones, which are said by experts to be the finest thing in our cemetery, the carving done on them nearly a century ago, looking nearly as if done only yesterday. The limit of this brief history of this branch of a large and interesting family is reached. Their influence upon South Seneca for a century cannot be calculated and all from the narrow escape from the shipwreck in 1640 of Penelope Van Princes. Frederick F. Van Liew and Penelope Stout were married on 31 Dec 1788.

133. Penelope Stout was born on 6 Jun 1760. She died on 18 Jan 1841 in Lodi, Seneca, New York. She was buried in Lodi Cemetery, Seneca, New York. Penelope (Stout) VanLiew daughter of Richard Stout and Penelope (Van Prince) Stout. Children were:

i.

Elizabeth Van Liew was born on 10 Oct 1790. She died Y.

ii.

John Van Liew was born on 26 Nov 1791. He died on 2 Sep 1834.

iii.

Nathaniel Stout Van Liew was born on 3 Feb 1794. He died in 1856.

iv.

William Van Liew was born on 30 Aug 1795. He died on 14 Apr 1877.

v.

Mary Van Liew was born on 8 Jul 1797. She died in 1859.

vi.

Frederick F. Van Liew Jr. was born in Apr 1799. He died on 18 Aug 1812.

vii.

Richard Van Liew was born on 10 Mar 1801. He died on 20 Jan 1881.

viii.

Peter G. Van Liew was born on 18 Feb 1803. He died in 1882.

ix.

Anna Van Liew was born on 21 Dec 1804. She died on 24 Dec 1888.

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x.

Elhanon Van Liew.

xi.

Penelope Van Liew was born on 4 Jun 1810. She died in 1897.

xii.

Emly ^Van Liew was born on 11 May 1812. She died on 7 Sep 1813.