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From: "Patrica Ewers" <>
Subject: Re: [D-Col] Penelope Stout----a legend
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 16:09:26 -0800
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Phyllis - a few corrections: the date of the shipwreck must have been
1642, not 1620, since Penelope was born in 1622 and was 19 or 20 when she
sailed to America. Richard Stout was born in 1615 in Nottinghamshire and
was married in 1644 in Gravesend, L. I., which would make him 29, not 40
years old. Pat

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Subject: [D-Col] Penelope Stout----a legend

> Dear list,
> Maybe many of you have head this story, but for others, I have typed it up
> I found it in a file I inherited from a great aunt descended from the
> It is on a newspaper clipping from New Jersey written by Stewart
> In the corner of the article is a heading in lower case "the way it was"
> a picture of a small potbellied stove and a coal bucket and shovel beside
> Hope you will enjoy, Phyllis
> Penelope Stout---a legend ---copied from old newspaper article called "the
> way it was" by Stewart Hoagland
> Penelope Stout is a legend in Monmouth County. She was introduced in
> Monmouth as a survivor of the first recorded shipwreck on Sandy Hook beach
> 1620. Her maiden name was Penelope Van Princis - although she was only 20
> she was married but her husband’s name is unknown. Her husband had been
> throughout the three-month voyage and while he survived the wreck he was
> and unable to make it on his own after he reached land.
> The vessel had been crowded with passengers from Holland and needed
> supplies for getting started in the New World. The surviving passengers
> wanted to stay near the wreck in the hope of salvaging what they could,
> the members of the crew who were left voted to make their way toward
> as best they could and the passengers followed them after they took off.
> Penelope’s husband couldn’t keep up, however, and she stayed with him.
> She wrapped her cloak around him, and put up a rough lean-to for
> But they had no food or fire, and were weaker every day. Then some
> came upon them, natives without pity. They tomahawked the sick man and
> wife, taking their scalps and racing along the trail of the other
> massacring them, also. Her husband dead, Penelope clung to life. Her
> was fractured, her left shoulder was hacked so she never regained the use
> her arm and her abdomen had been deeply sliced. But the Indians had built
> fire which she kept alive and somehow she managed.
> Not long afterward a pair of Indians who had been chasing a deer found
> her. The younger man started after her with his tomahawk, but the older
> held him off. For some unaccountable reason he threw Penelope over his
> shoulder as he would a deer carcass and took her back to his village, near
> the present site of Middletown, where he dressed her wounds and where her
> fine health assisted in her recovery.
> When order was restored the Dutch in New Amsterdam heard of the white
> woman who was living with the Indians and sent a messenger with gifts to
> an exchange for her.
> Penelope suffered no serious harm from her experience and soon after
> joined her countrymen in New Amsterdam, just after her 22nd birthday, she
> married Richard Stout. He was an affluent English bachelor of 40 who had
> come from a good family in Nottinghamshire.
> This amazing woman is chiefly noted as the co-founder of a large and
> important family of Stouts in New Jersey. She lived 88 years after her
> marriage, thus was 110 years old when she died, and had 502 descendants.
> After Penelope joined Stout she must have persuaded him that there
> many satisfactions to be found in what is now Monmouth County, for soon
> their marriage they settled in what is now Middletown. In 1648 they and
> other families were the only white people in that district.
> Penelope remained friendly with the Indian who had saved her life and
> day he came to tell her that his tribe was planning to attack the whites.
> Penelope and her children started off for New Amsterdam in a canoe but
> they had gone far she was called back as the settlers, led by Stout, had
> convinced the Indians that they would sell their lives dearly if there was
> any sort of fight.
> In April, 1665, Governor Nicolls, as the representative of the Duke of
> York, patented the whole on Monmouth and part of Middlesex counties to
> Richard Stout and 11 associates. They agreed to "manure and plant the
> aforesaid land and premises, and settle there 100 families at least."
> This was the first local government authorized and put into operation
> which there is any authentic record in New Jersey.
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