Aragorn Storm Miller

STOUT, HENRY B. (1799–1892). Henry B. Stout, farmer, ranger, sheriff, and state representative, was born in Tennessee in 1799, the son of James and Abigail (Holloway) Stout. Prior to 1817 Stout immigrated to Illinois where he stayed briefly before traveling to present-day Hempstead County, Arkansas. Here he married Sarah Mary Talbot, also referred to as "Polly." This couple had at least one child, a son. In 1819 Stout moved with his family to present-day Pecan Point, Oklahoma, along the Texas border. Soon after, Stout entered Texas, staying briefly at Burkham Settlement—in modern-day Red River and Bowie counties—before traveling to the town of Nacogdoches. At this time, however, Stout found himself ensnared in the collapse of the filibustering Long expedition, and he was detained by Spanish authorities under the command of Juan Ignacio Perez. Upon his release Stout returned to his family.

In 1823 Stout returned with his family to Texas where he received approximately 4,400 acres of land along Delaware Creek in central Red River County and established himself as a farmer. In the 1830s Stout served as a captain in the Texas Rangersqv and around 1833 sold a portion of his land which became the site of modern Clarksville. In 1836 he participated in the Texas Revolution against Mexico. In reward for his service in the revolution Stout received an additional 4,400 acres of land.

Between 1836 and 1843 Stout served in several ranger expeditions against Native Americans throughout northern Texas. In the 1850s Stout resided in both Wood and Van Zandt counties. He served as sheriff from 1850 through 1852 for Wood County and in 1855 won election as representative for District Eighteen—comprised of Wood and Van Zandt counties—to the Sixth Texas Legislature. At the outbreak of the Civil War Stout volunteered in Wood County for service in the Confederate Army. He was elected second lieutenant for Company B, Tenth Texas Cavalry Regiment. The extent to which Stout saw action is unclear as he received a medical discharge owing to age and disability on May 25, 1862.

Stout lived in Wood County for the remainder of his life. Curiously, Stout was listed in the 1880 Wood County Census as being born in Virginia. Yet since there is no other Henry Stout listed in this census, and since the age listed is identical to that of the Henry Stout born in Tennessee, it is likely that this inconsistency was the result of an error on the part of the subject, interviewer, or transcriber. Henry Stout died in Wood County in 1892 and was buried there in the Stout Family Cemetery. A Texas state historical marker was erected in his honor in 1992.

"Frontiersman James Selen Stout" (, accessed September 11, 2006. IGI Individual Record: "William B. Stout" (, accessed August 10, 2006. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: State of Texas Press, 1939). Rex Wallace Strickland, "History of Fannin County, Texas. 1836–1843," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 33, 34 (April, July 1930). Adele W. Vickery and Ida Marie Turner, comps., Cemeteries of Wood County (3 vols., Mineola, Texas, 1970–71). Wood County, 1850–1900 (Quitman, Texas: Wood County Historical Society, 1976).

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