My currently known earliest known Stout Ancestor was 5th Great Grandfather David P Stout to my 4th Great Grandfather Jonathan Stout to my 3rd Grandfather James Madison Stout to my 2nd Great Grandfather Jonathan Benjamin Stout to my Great Grandfather Claude James Stout to my Grandmother Gwendolyn (Stout) Thompson.

I personally knew both my Grandmother and Great Grandfather Stout. Great Grandpa Stout lived until 1987, my senior year of high school. He died in February and I graduated in May of that year. He was a great man who was always very interested in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives. He encouraged us to do well in school and be good people. I loved him very much and miss him to this day.

My grandmother was a stay-at-home wife and mother for most of her life. She loved her family and wanted the best for all of us.


In 1974, Great Grandpa Stout received a letter from a genealogy researcher asking for information on the Stout Family. That researcher was Dan Westphal who has written several articles on the related stout families for many genealogical publications in Arkansas.

Dan Westphal Research Letter to my Great Grandfather Claude Stout Dan E Westphal was researching his wife’s family history and he wrote a letter to my Great-Grandfather Claude James Stout asking for family history information. He later wrote some articles in local family history publications and included the information he received from Grandpa Stout.


Dan E. Westphal

AA109 Carlson Terrace

Fayetteville, ARK. 72701

Mr. Stout,

My name is Dan Westphal and I am helping my wife Janet compile her family history. Her mother, Kathryn Paul, was a Stout before she married. I know that her forefathers lived in Northwest Arkansas.

Enclosed with this letter is a chart showing my wife’s relationship to the Stout’s of Northwest Arkansas. Also enclosed is a list of questions concerning my wife’s ancestors. If you and my wife have common ancestors, please answer any of the questions you can and send the answers back to me.

I am sending a copy of this letter to all of the Stout’s in the local phone books. If you wish I will keep in touch with you and send you any info I receive from the others. Thank you very much for your time and help.

Thanks again,

Dan Westphal

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