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Whence Came Abigail Stout (1754-1822)?
Posted by: Jack Swift Date: July 07, 2000 at 02:39:49
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Who were the parents of the Abigail Stout, b. March 24, 1754, who married Jonathan Tremaine , an immigrant ropemaker from Portsea, England, on February 18, 1770 in New York City?

Abigail and Jonathan were Loyalists during the American Revolution, went to Canada from New York in 1783, and became my g-g-g-grandparents. Abigail died in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1822.

A family tradition says that Abigail Stout was "of an old New York family", but I have found no parents for her. She was very likely a descendant of Richard & Penelope Stout, founding settlers of Monmouth County. One published genealogy, "Stout and Allied Families" by Herald F. Stout,1951, says so firmly, making her the daughter of Benjamin Stout and Phoebe de Forest of New York City. Unfortunately Herald Stout's chronology is demonstrably incorrect, and other sources
show reliably that the Abigail Stout who was the daughter of Benjamin & Phoebe did not marry Jonathan Tremaine and did not emigrate to Canada.

My Abigail had a brother Richard who also emigrated to Canada after the war and in the 1790s operated a coal mine in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with his brother-in-law Jonathan Tremaine. She also had a sister Euphemia who died in Halifax in 1811. An article, "The Tremaine Family of Nova Scotia" by Gail Judge, in the Nova Scotia Historical Review, 1994, says that Abigail's father's name
was Richard Stout, but there is no source given for that statement. Gail Judge doesn't answer letters and I suspect that she's no longer with us.

That is all I know about Abigail Stout's origins. Is there a place for her in the family of Richard & Penelope of Monmouth County?

I'd be very grateful for any advice!


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