Obituary of Sarah Lydia (Gabbard) Stout

Well Known Kingston Lady Died October 22


Mrs. Sarah Lydia Stout, age 67, well known and respected resident of Kingston, died Oct 22, 1947, at 2:30 a.m. after a long illness. She was born the daughter of Silas Gabbard and Rebecca Flanery-Gabbard on April 15, 1880. Her parents were both natives of Tennessee. A native and lifelong resident of Madison county, she had been a member of the Church of Christ for many years. She was married to J. B. Stout on April 25, 1895.


The deceased is survived by her husband; five sons, Clyde of Plunketville, Okla., Oscar, of Shoshone, Idaho; Ray of Bakersfield, Calif., Claud and Clifford of Kingston; two daughters, Mrs. Millie Doss, of the Rockhouse community; and Mabel Stout of Kingston; a grand daughter whom she raised, Mrs. Arnold Yingst of Sunnyside, Calif; two sisters, Mrs. G. T. Carter, Cushing, Okla., and Mrs. G.W. Stout, Quapaw, Okla., also by 12 grand children and 5 great grandchildren.


Funeral services were conducted at the graveside by the Rev. Dan Slaven and Rev. Den Montgomery on Friday, October 24. Burial was in the Kingston cemetery with Brashears Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


[Note a poem follows this paragraph but my photo of this page of clippings has a glare spot and I can’t read the poem well so I am not transcribing the poem.]


From Book U of Clippings in the Madison County Genealogy Library, Huntsville, Madison, Arkansas photographed in March 2011 by Kellie S. Thompson.


Stout Canning Factory

My Great Grandfather Claude Stout operated a canning factory in the 1930s to the mid-1940s. My Grandmother, Gwendolyn (Stout) Thompson helped him at the factory by keeping the books. She told me that the factory was shut down after the war because of new regulations that would have required new equipment and expenses that were too much for them to keep operating and the factory had to be closed.


The following photo is of my Great Grandfather Claude James Stout with a group of men who I believe worked at the factory with him.


The following is a letter from the Canner’s exchange that is addressed to the Stout Canning Factory.



Leaves of My Family Tree Blogiversary

My 8th Blogiversary

Today is the 8th Blogiversary of my blog!  It is hard to believe that I have been blogging for 8 years now.  I am still using WordPress for my blogging platform.

I hope you are still enjoying my blog and my genealogy information as much as I enjoy creating them.

Below is the post from my 3rd Blogiversary!

Originally published on  Feb 15, 2013.

Today is my third blogiversary!!

I began my genealogy research over twenty years ago now. There have been periods of days, weeks, or even months when I haven’t done any genealogy research but I always seem to keep coming back to genealogy to find just a little more information on those who have gone before me.

I have had a website to show my genealogy for the vast majority of the time I have been doing genealogy. At first, I used direct coding to get my website online. Later, I tried various online websites and software programs to create my website. I used those methods to both display my actual genealogy information and to share my discoveries and to discuss how I found them.

Then in 2010, I discovered WordPress! I enjoy using WordPress to create my website. It makes it much easier to share my genealogy discoveries and my joy at the discoveries.

I hope that my blog readers have enjoyed reading my blog for the past three years as much as I have enjoyed writing them! More to visit come in the next year!!


Week 1 – Blogs

Originally Published July 6, 2014.

One of the first genealogy blogs that I discovered was the blog of Dear Myrtle.  She shared family stories and published a wonderful series on getting organized.  She started on AOL in the 1990s as one of the genealogists who published articles under the genealogy-related keywords of the AOL system.  She has been online since 1985 and has changed to use the new technologies as each has developed including blogging, podcasts, her own YouTube channel and new versions of genealogy software as it is released.

She is as down-to-earth and friendly in person as in her online podcasts, posts, and YouTube videos.  I met her at the 2009 genealogy conference in Little Rock, Arkansas and it was a pleasurable experience.

I still follow her blog posts.  She gives excellent advice for the beginner to the advanced genealogist.  Check out her blog at

Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?

What Is Abundant Genealogy?

There are so many websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogy societies and other resources for which many of us are grateful. We live in a time of “abundance” when we can take advantage of many ways to expand our genealogy research and ways in which we document our family history.

While we might be aware of many of these resources, posting about them on your blog serves several purposes:

You make others aware of the resource – remember what is obvious to you might be the first time another genealogist has heard about the resources.

You also let others know how you use that resource. Share your “inside knowledge” as well as your tips and tricks. Again, another genealogist may sit back and say, “Wow, I never thought of using it like that!”

You give thanks and recognition to the providers of that resource. A thank you not only goes a long way, but it also lets them know why you like that resource.

An Interesting Page from the 1930 Census – The Stout Families enumerated on April 29th, 1930!

Grandma and Grandpa Stout’s Family was enumerated on April 29th, 1930. The family in 1930 included Grandpa and Grandma Stout living with their 2 children Gwendolyn and Ilean (Great Uncle Bud) and with Robert F Griggs listed as a boarder. He is actually the Great Uncle of Grandma Elsie Stout. He is the brother of her grandmother, Sarah Mariah Griggs.

Grandpa Stout’s brother, Clifford Stout, lives in the next enumerated house with his wife, Elma M. In the house enumerated 6th before Grandma and Grandpa Stout lives Grandpa Stout’s parents, Jonathan Benjamin and Sarah (Gabbard) Stout along with their other children, Millie, Mabel, and Ray (Grandpa Stout and Clifford Stout’s siblings).

A very interesting page from the 1930 Census to our family!


Vern and Venna (Stansell) Thompson Marriage Record

Name Vern Thompson
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 23 Aug 1921
Event Place , Madison, Arkansas, United States
Registration Place , Madison County, Arkansas
Residence Place Whorton, Madison, Arkansas
Gender Male
Age 33
Birth Year (Estimated) 1888
Spouse’s Name Venie Stansell
Spouse’s Residence Place Whorton, Madison, Arkansas
Spouse’s Residence City Whorton
Spouse’s Residence County Madison
Spouse’s Residence State Arkansas
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 18
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1903
Page 127

Citation “Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch( : 4 November 2017), Vern Thompson and Venie Stansell, 23 Aug 1921; citing , Madison, Arkansas, United States, county offices, Arkansas; FHL microfilm 1,035,152.

Vern Thompson World War I Draft Registration Card

On June 5, 1917, Vern Thompson completed his World War I Draft Registration Card.  He is described as of medium height and build with dark eyes and dark brown hair.  He is married with 2 children and lives at Wharton Arkansas.  He is a farmer and claims a disability for his dependent family and a physical disability.

The wife and children would be Quail (Roberts) Thompson and their children:  Archie Lee and Estelle Pearl.