STOUT, OWEN H. (?–?). Owen H. Stout, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, probably came to Texas from Kentucky in 1822. He took the oath of allegiance to the Mexican government in April 1824 and was among those who appointed the Baron de Bastrop an elector for their colony on the Colorado and Brazos rivers. As one of the Old Three Hundred families he and his partner, Benjamin Rawls, received title to a sitio of land now in Matagorda County on August 3, 1824. The census of 1826 classified Stout as a farmer, a single man aged between twenty-five and forty. In August 1826 he and other Austin colonists were traveling to San Antonio and got into difficulties with Martín De León, whom they accused of robbing and abusing them. Owen Stout may be the man named Stout who was with Francis W. Johnson at Nacogdoches in April 1830 in pursuit of a fugitive from San Felipe.

BIBLIOGRAPHY "The Autobiography of George W. Smyth," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 36 (January 1933). Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Matagorda County Historical Commission, Historic Matagorda County (3 vols., Houston: Armstrong, 1986).

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