My father, Sealin Stout, was born in the state of Arkansas in the year 1818. He died in Hopkins County at the age of seventy-eight. No life in Hopkins County was more eventful or attended with more romance than was that of Sealin Stout. He has often been referred to as being prominent in many exciting incidents in this history. Sealin’s father crossed Red River on a raft built with his own hands, when Sealin was only one month old, and settled in Red River District, where Sealin grew to manhood amid the wilds of the country.
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In the year 1836 he was engaged in Indian fighting; afterwards he fought for Texas Independence, and was a soldier in the Mexican war. After peace was concluded he came home and married Elvira Richey. By this union eleven children were born: nine boys and two girls. John, the oldest son, lives in Bowie County. Frank lives in Hopkins County, and married a daughter of old Dr. Payne, a pioneer citizen. Marion and Andrew both live in Red River County, and are good, substantial citizens. J. C. Stout married Miss Mary Brookshire, a daughter of Jesse Brookshire, an old-time citizen and a man of good character. N. S. Stout married Miss Laura Miller, a daughter of Dr. Christian. Miss Martha Stout married Ed Henley. They are the parents of Elizabeth Henley, who married Dr. Buck Sparks, a young physician. Elizabeth inherited some of the noble traits of character of her grandfather, Sealin Stout. Bill Stout married a sister of Mrs. J. C. Stout. He is dead. Robert married Miss Georgia Crain, a niece of Ben Shepperd, a noble Christian gentleman. S. S. married Mattie Miller. Miss Mollie married Jinn Pogue, a son of Thos. Pogue, who is a gentleman by inheritance. No cleaner people live in Hopkins County than the Pogue family.