The Stout side of the tree has early roots in America. Richard Stout and his wife Penelope Van Princis (or Kent/Lent) first settled in Gravesend, New York in the 1640s. The location is in Brooklyn, near Coney Island. Richard and Penelope are Kate Stout’s 8x great-grandparents.
They were also early founders and settlers of New Jersey. Their stories are surrounded by legends of shipwrecks and Native American attacks and warnings. See Wikipedia and my Stout summary. Their children intermarried with many other early New England settler families, including the Throckmortons and Ashtons. The Stout family was prolific. Legend says that Penelope had 502 living descendents at the time of her death. Certainly there are thousands of people descended from Richard and Penelope in the United States. Many lived in New Jersey, and moved west as frontiers opened.
A great-grandson of Richard and Penelope, Job Stout, moved to what is now West Virginia in the 1770s or 1780s. His descendents mostly stayed in West Virginia until the 1950s.
The Woodsons are also early settlers in America. Kate’s paternal grandmother, Mary Woodson, is descended from John Woodson. He arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. He was a surgeon, and was killed in 1644 when his family home was attacked. His wife and another man drove off the attackers with a massive gun that survives today. I’ve written a brief genealogy of Mary Woodson.
Tradition says that the couple’s two sons survived the attack by hiding. Richard climbed into a hole for storing potatoes, while his brother John hid under a large washtub. To this day, Woodsons declare their origins from “Potato Hole” or “Washtub” Woodson.
Maternal Line - Shields & Fenwick
Kate’s maternal line has three key threads. Most of it is Irish, coming to the Berkshires in Massachusetts in the 1840s and 1850s, during the period of the Potato Famine. Maurice Kirby and several of his siblings settled in Richmond and Lenox MA. Patrick Shields served in the US Army during the Civil War, only a few years after he emigrated.
The other two threads are the Fenwicks, who came from northern England in the early 1800s, and the Lupiens from Trois Riveres in Canada. The Lupien line stretches back to the 1640s in early French Canada.