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Van Princis Lineage

This line has been traced back to Baron Van Princis, who was the father of Penelope Van Princis.

Penelope Van Princis was born about 1622 in Amsterdam, Noord, Holland and died about 1732 in Middleton, NJ.

Penelope married to Richard Stout about 1644 in Gravesend, Long Island, New York.

Richard Stout was born about 1615 in Nottinghamshire, England and died October 23, 1705 in Monmouth, NJ.

Richard and Penelope Stout had the following children:







Sarah Pike




I am still researching info on these children. If you have any info regarding them, please email me at:

Below is an excerpt from Monmouth: A Page in History. This publication was prepared by the Department of Public Information/Tourism, Hall of Records Annex, Freehold, NJ. It describes the history of Monmouth County, New Jersey and is used by local teachers as a history guide.

Penelope Stout - First Lady of Monmouth

One of the best known chapters of [Monmouth's] early history is the story of Penelope Stout, believed to be the first white woman to set foot on [Monmouth] county soil.

During the first half of the 17th century - the exact date is unknown - a ship from Holland was wrecked on Sandy Hook. Among those aboard was Penelope Van Princis, whose husband had become ill on the long sea voyage. The passengers and crew reached shore safely, but hearing of an Indian attack they set out on foot for New York (New Amsterdam), leaving the sick man and his wife behind.

Smith's History of New Jersey, published in 1765, relates that a party of Indians found the couple and immediately killed the man. They then mangled the woman, and left her for dead. After hiding for several days in a hollow tree, Penelope was found by a friendly Indian who nursed her back to health.

A rescue party found her and brought her to New Amsterdam - now New York - and a short time later she married an Englishman, Richard Stout.

Penelope and Richard later returned to New Jersey and had 10 children. The nameless Indian who saved Penelope Stout's life was a frequent visitor and friend. According to the tale, he later alerted the community to a potential confrontation with another band of marauding natives, probably from New York.

Most accounts agree that Penelope lived to be 110 and had some 502 descendants at the time of her death, in either 1712 or 1732. Many of her descendants still live in the county.

Penelope's story is told at the Spy House Museum Complex in Port Monmouth, New Jersey.

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Other sites about Penelope Van Princis & Richard Stout

History of Richard & Penelope Stout
Stories of New Jersey-Osage Elementary School