An American Family History

Hannah Bonham Stout

Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.
Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.

Hannah Bonham Stout was born on March 14, 1694/95 at Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Hezekiah Bonham and his first wife Mary Dunn.

She married Benjamin Stout when she was about 18 years old. Benjamin was born December 14, 1691 in Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey. He was the son of Jonathan Stout (Richard) and Anne Bullen (Bollen). His sister, Ann Stout, married Hannah’s half-brother Nehemiah Bonham.

The Stout family was instrumental in organizing the Hopewell Baptist Church.

After many years of meeting in homes and having problems securing a place to meet, it was decided to build a meeting house. Twenty members were baptized from 1715 to 1728 and by 1747 there were 65 members. A meeting was called on June 19, 1747, held at the home of Henry Oxley in Hopewell (then known as Columbia) at which time David Stout, Benjamin Stout, and Henry Oxley were chosen managers to build a meeting house. (from the History of Hopewell Baptist Church)

They had six sons and three daughters who were all born in Hopewell:
Jonathan Stout (about 1715, married Hannah Jewell),
Ezekiel Stout (about 1721, married Miss Drake),
Mary Stout (about 1723, married William Heabron),
Hezekiah Stout (about 1723, married Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Sorter),
Hosea Stout (about 1727),
Hannah Stout (about 1727, married David Oliphant),
Nathaniel Stout (about 1731, married Charity Furman),
Sarah Stout Bray (about 1733, married Andrew Bray) and
Benjamin Stout (married Rebecca Dolhagen and Martha Shenk).

Hannah died when she was 74 on January 21, 1770 and Benjamin died February 8, 1772. They both died in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Children of Hezekiah Bonham:
  • Mary Bonham
  • Samuel Bonham
  • Hannah Bonham Stout
  • Sarah Bonham Runyan
  • Hezekiah Bonham
  • Nehemiah Bonham
  • Zachariah Bonham
  • Zedekiah Bonham
  • Amariah Bonham
  • Temperance Bonham Ayres
  • Amaziah Bonham
  • Malachiah Bonham
  • Jeremiah Bonham
  • Ephriam Bonham
  • Josiah Bonham
  • Zephaniah Bonham
  • Uriah Bonham
  • Obadiah Bonham
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    Piscataway Township in New Jersey was first settled in 1666 by Quakers and Baptists who had left the Puritan colony in New Hampshire.

    Hopewell is currently in Mercer (formerly Hunterdon) County, New Jersey. Mercer County was formed in 1838 from portions of other counties including Hunterdon. Early settlers found that their deeds were worthless and they were forced to repurchase their land or relocate. On April 23, 1715 the settlers who stayed organized Hopewell Baptist Church.

    New Jersey's first permanent European settlement was in 1660.

    Baptist churches were found in early colonial settlements and grew out of the English Separatist movement and the doctrine of John Smyth who rejected infant baptism.



    Historical and Genealogical Miscellany: Data Relating to the Settlement and Settlers of New York and New Jersey by John Edwin Stillwell

    12 Benjamin Stout, son of Jonathan Stout was born Dec. 14, 1691; married Hannah Bonham.

    There was a Benjamin Stout, Sr., on the Assessment Roll, of Hopewell, in 1753, and a Benjamin Stout, Jr., who may have been his son.

    28 Jonathan Stout; married Miss Jewell; lived one hundred years, and had a large family.
    29 Hezekiah Stout; married, first. Widow Smith; second. Widow Sorter; lived nearly one hundred years. No issue.
    30 Benjamin Stout; married, first, Rebecca Dillhangel; second, Sept. 17, 1772, license, Martha Schihok [Skyhawk]. He had large families by both wives.
    31 Nathaniel Stout; married Charity Furman; had a daughter, Rhoda Stout, who married, first, Zephaniah Stout; second, Burges Allison, and had issue by both husbands.
    33 Ezekiel Stout; married Miss Drake; had many children.
    34 Hosea Stout; married in Virginia; had many children.
    35 Mary Stout; married William Heabron; had issue.
    36 Hannah Stout; married David Ollivant.
    37 Sarah Stout; married Andrew Bray.

    The Bonhams are Mayflower descendants: Samuel Fuller, Hannah Fuller Bonham, Hezekiah Bonham, Amariah Bonham.

    from An Ancestral Chart and Handbook by Olive Barrick Rowland

    Hannah Bonham. Born at Piscataway, New Jersey, March 14, 1695; dau. of Hezekiah and his first wife, Mary Dunn; m. Benjamin Stout, b. 1696, s. Jonathan--Richard (from Compendium of American Genealogy).


    The Dutch were the first Europeans claim land in New Jersey. The region became a territory of England in 1664 when an English fleet sailed into New York Harbor and took control of Fort Amsterdam.

    from Pennsylvania Gazette, Wednesday, July 15, 1789

    Departed this life on Monday, the sad ultime, by a strike of lightening, as he was returning home from church (the day before having been communion season) Andrew Bray, of Kingwood, Hunterdon county, New Jersey, in the 76th year of his age; his remains were decently interred the Wednesday following in the church yard at Baptist-town, attended by a numerous crowd of friends and relatives.

    from This Old Monmouth of Ours, Page 331:

    Andrew Bray, son of John was born July 1, 1713, and was killed by lightening in July, 1789.

    He married, first, Margaret Watson, a daughter of Peter, and,

    secondly, Sarah Stout.

    His children were:
    Sarah; and

    This family presumably lived in Hunterdon County.

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