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HARRISON C. STOUT

HARRISON C. STOUT. Among the useful and respected citizens of Bucks county must be numbered Harrison C. STOUT, of Quakertown. He is a grandson of Jacob and Lydia (BARNDT) STOUT, whose son, Abraham Barnard, in youth assisted his father on the farm and afterward learned the cabinetmakerís trade. In politics he was a Whig, and in religion a member of the German Reformed church. He married Lydia CRESSMAN, and they were the parents of one son: Harrison C., mentioned at length hereinafter. The death of Mr. STOUT occurred in 1841.

Harrison C. STOUT, son of Abraham Barnard and Lydia (CRESSMAN) STOUT, was born October 3, 1836, at Sellersville, Rockhill township, and was the only child of his parents. While he was still an infant the family moved to Milford township and settled in what is now Rosedale. After the death of his father his mother moved to Sellersville, and it was there that Harrison C. spent his boyhood. At the end of eight years he went to live with his uncle, Jacob STOUT: and in 1851 moved to Doylestown, where he was employed on the "Bucks County Express," a German newspaper. After a few months he was obliged to abandon this work on account of failing sight, and took a position with Dr. W. S. HENDRICK, with whom he remained for one year. He then went to Hagersville in order to learn the carpenterís trade with Elias ROSENBERG, and after applying himself to that calling for two years and a half migrated to Stirling, Illinois. Thence he proceeded to Missouri, and extended his wonderings as far south as Fort Scott, Kansas. In the spring of 1859 he returned to Pennsylvania and settled with his uncle Jacob at Bridgetown, where for some time he worked at his trade. In 1863 he moved to Philadelphia, where for a short time he was employed as railroad carpenter, afterward applying himself to general carpentry. He then became foreman in the furniture factory of EBERT, SLEIFER & HALL, a position which he held for eight years. In 1870 he moved to Sellersville, where he followed his trade until 1875, in which year he established himself as a manufacturer of cigar boxes. In 1890 he settled in Quakertown, building the plant which he now operates, and in which he employs a large number of hands. He is actively interested in local affairs, and during his residence in Sellersville served as chief burgess. Since coming to Quakertown he has been for three years a member of the council, and has also served as chairman of the electric light committee and of the fire department. He has been prominently identified with fire departments in various places for about fifty-three years. He was one of the organizers of the fire department at Sellersville, Bucks county, and was its first chief. In 1892 he organized the Quakertown fire department, and has been chief ever since. He had a wide reputation as a fireman, and has in many instances risked his own life to save others from being consumed by the flames. Politically he is a Republican, and is active in the interests of the organization. He is a member of the First Reformed church, in which he has held the office of trustee and since 1889 has served continuously as elder.

Mr. STOUT married, October 18, 1860, Mary Ann NACE, and they have one son. Edward Newton, born March 30, 1863, and lives in Philadelphia, where he is employed as an engineer in Champís shipyard. He married in 1882, Susan, daughter of Jesse and Eliza (NACE) NACE, of Sellersville, and their family consists of the following children: Minnie, died in 1891; Harrison Stephen, born September 20, 1885, and lives with his grandfather in Quakertown; William, born June 30, 1891, and is at home with his parents in Philadelphia; and Charles, deceased. Mrs. STOUT is a granddaughter of Adolf and Annie (WEITZEL) NACE, whose son Isaac was born July? 1810, and was a lifelong farmer. He lived at one time in Montgomery county, and later took up his abode in Haycock township. He married in 1835, Anna, daughter of John and Mary (ZELLERS) BERGER, and they were the parents of the following children: 1. William, born January 21, 1837, married, January 1, 1860, Lisetta SEEMS, and lives at Siegfried, Lehigh county. 2. Mary Ann, born February 8, 1839, became the wife of Harrison C. STOUT, as mentioned above. 3. Henry, born October 25, 1841, is unmarried and makes his home with his sister. 4. Eliza, born February 21, 1843, resides in Philadelphia. 5. Isaac, born February, 1846, married Elizabeth MONROE, of Philadelphia, and died in 1889. 6. Sarah, married a Mr. OBIEDENN, of Philadelphia. 7. Isaac, born July 3, 1855, died in 1899. Mr. NACE, the father, passed the greater part of his life in New Britain township, but at the time of his death was a resident of Silverdale, Hilltown township.

Test taken from page 345-346 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

Transcribed March 2002 by Joan Lollis of IN. as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,

Published March 2002 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages


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