Stout Family

The materials in this collection consist mainly of deeds for land purchased in Ball and Woodside Townships by members of the Stout Family, most notably Philemon Stout, Jr. and his son Joab. The Stout family was one of the early pioneer families to settle in Sangamon County, with Philemon Stout Sr. and his wife Penelope arriving with their children in 1836 from Kentucky. Philemon Stout Jr. became a prominent farmer and landowner and in 1898 he held a "historic dinner" to commemorate his 62 years in the county. That dinner was attended by nearly 4,000 people and required vast amounts of food. Other materials included in this collection include a bill from grocers for that dinner as well as other family documents.