Although there is some question as to who Richard Stenhouse's were, I am some relatives think it might have been Adom and Jane Elliot. I am not sure where Richard was originall from, but all 10/11 of his kids were born in Ladykirk Fouldan, Scotland, in the Lothian Borders region. They were all babtised in a local church. A relative of mine has been there and seen the names inscribed in the records book of that church. I have been trying to find out who Richard Stenhouse's line was for several years now and have gotten no where hardly at all. Richard and his family all came to America in the early 1800s settleing in the Greenville, S.C. area at first, some remaining. His son, Ebenezer Stenhouse, my g.g.grandfather, wound up marrying Janet Campbell Barclay and settled in Columbia, S.C..
From what I have read the Stenhouse family is a "Sept" of the Bruce Clan, and fought with Robert the Bruce for example. I have read that the Bruce Clan was not originally Scottish but Norman, coming over with William the Conqueror" when he defeated the English(Saxon) king at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Stenhouses and rest of the Bruce Clan, unlike the majority of Scottish Clans, were allied by blood too, all being Norman originally. The Stenhouse name is probably Germanic/Norse and even possibly Pictish name and sounds like a derivitive of Germanic "Steinhaus", meaning "Stonehouse". I hope the above was of some help or interest to you.
I will forward your message to my 3rd Cousin John Taylor Stenhouse of Greenville, S.C. and perhaps he can add to this as he has some info also. There is also a Stenhouse website owned by Jenny Swanner-Terry. I think her husband's mom was a Stenhouse. Go to: "http://home1.gte.net/luvgwife/stennis.htm". Her e-mail is "firstname.lastname@example.org".
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