George D. & Ann Pickens Stout
THE STOUT FAMILY
By Lucile R. Stout
Richard of England, First American Ancestor of the Stouts of Pleasants Co., came to America in 1643.
He was the father of Johnathan, the famous pioneer of Hoepwell, New Jersey, who was the father of Benjamin. Ezekiel's parents were Benjamin and Hannah, daughter of Hezekiah Bonham, their Mayflower Line.
Benjamin came to Harrison Co. after the Revolution with his parents Ezekiel and Sarah (Drake) Stout.
Elias Lowther is the son of Benjamin Stout and Sarah, daughter of Samuel Wilkinson and Granddaughter of Joseph, a Revolutionary Soldier.
George Dexter, Sr., son of Elias Stout and Martha, daughter of Samuel Hathorn and Ann Rockhold. George Dexter, Sr., the grandfather of the Stouts in Pleasants Co., married Ann Maria Pickens, daughter of Hugh L. Pickens, Jr. Her grandfather, Hugh L. Pickens, Sr., bought from Alexander Creel the tract of land that is now St. Marys and later sold it back to Mr. Creel. The descendants of this union still remaining in Pleasants Co. are Helena Ralston Henthorn; Marie Ralston Williams and George H. Ralston, whose mother was Mary (Stout) Ralston.
George Dexter Stout, Jr. married Caroline J. Curtis, born on Middle Island, daughter of William N. B. Curtis and Mary E. Dye, daughter of William Dye and Lavina Cecil, daughter of John and Esther Cecil.
The descendants of William N. B. Curtis still residing in Pleasants Co. are Ethel (Curtis) Pethel, his daughter, granddaughters Ruth (Curtis) Pickens, daughter of William Curtis; Helen Minnick and Ruth (Minnick) Gibbs, daughters of Ida (Curtis) Minnick.
William N. B. Curtis, son of Hiram J. Curtis (confederate soldier) and Mary Ann Medley, daughter of William Medley and Eliza LaRue, daughter of Jacob.
Hiram's father was John Curtis, born in Newtown, Conn. He came to Western Virginia in the early 1800's, there he married Eleanor Burch, daughter of Zephaniah.
We have traced the direct Curtis line to 1520 in England. One of Caroline J. (Curtis) Stout's ancestor's was Gov. Thomas Welles of Conn.; through this line we have traced her family into the Royal Lines of England.
Note: Used with permission of the author. Originally published in "History of Pleasants Co., WV to 1980," by the Pleasants County Historical Society.