The Stout Family

The Stout family can trace their roots in the North America to the late 1600’s. They first came to Sangamon County with the arrival of Philemon Stout and his family in 1836. They settled in Ball Township and became successful farmers and prominent businessmen.

Philemon Stout’s great grandson, John Sprague Stout, married Jane Halstead in 1943. A World War II Veteran and University of Illinois Graduate, he farmed the family land for over fifty years. Jane Stout was a teacher in the Ball-Chatham school district for twenty-six years and was a good friend to the Chatham Area Public Library District, contributing heavily to preservation of local history.

Jane passed away in March, 2012. Her family has been gracious enough to loan the Library a number of family artifacts for this digital exhibit. Here you will find the history of the family, photo albums, documents, and more.