Allen Joseph Stout
14 children, including
David Fisk Stout
|Father: Alfred Fisk|
Mother: Maria Sager
It was during a very difficult and dark time of Allen Joseph Stout's life that this lovely young girl. Allen had married Elizabeth Anderson in 1843. He had worked as a Policeman at Nauvoo and abody guard to the prophet Joseph Smith. He had helped with the building of the Nauvoo templeand had worked as a carpenter and teacher at the Masonry Lodge. After their third child, MarthaAnn, was born in Omaha on January 25, 1848 Elizabeth died five days later.
Allen relates: "in a benighted condition without a wife, with three little helpless babies, and ajourney of 1100 miles to perform without an animal to help me, and what to do I did not know. So I continued to pour out my soul in prayer to God day and night for him to open up some wayfor me to support my little ones and get them to the Valleys of the Mountains." That prayer wasanswered when Amanda came to his aid as hired help to watch over his children. She was only 16years of age when she began to work for him on April 8, 1848. After a short courtship, Allenasked her hand in marriage and she accepted. They were married April 30th, 1848 by BrighamYoung. They moved to Pigeon Creek, Iowa and planted a garden and prepared for the trek westwith the help of the Perpetual Immigration Fund. When she met Allen, we are not sure who shehad lived with but we assume it was some church members. She named all of her children withthe Fisk middle name to keep her family's name.
By July, 1851, Amanda, Allen, and the children were ready to leave for the Rocky Mountains withAlfred Corden's company. On March 9, 1851 Amanda gave birth to her first baby, a son namedAlfred Fisk Stout. He was only four months old when they started the long journey. It wasOctober 2,1851 that they entered the valley of the Great Salt Lake. Amanda was so sick that shehad to be carried into the house. She was endowed at Endowment House in Salt Lake City thefollowing July 23, 1852. During the time of Johnston's army threat to peace, the Stouts resided atPleasant Grove, Utah for a short while.
The Prophet Brigham Young called the young family on a Cotton Mission to Southern Utah. Theytook the long wagon trip. A darling boy, David Fisk Stout, was born at Centerville Utah beforethey headed south. Amanda lived in the Wagon box until they could build a cabin in St. George. Allen staked out a claim near a place we now call Mt. Carmel, and named the place "Lydia'sCanyon" after his eldest daughter. It is still so named today. After arriving at St. George, Allenfarmed and helped build the St. George tabernacle. Amanda made all the clothes for the family. She was a large woman who gave much for the settling and serving her husband and the church ofJesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. She had fourteen of her own children and raised three stepchildren. They ate cornmeal as their principal diet. She and Allen lived in Rockville for over 21years and found the weather there good for their health. When Brigham Young came in 1974 heorganized the United Order there. They accepted it and enthusiastically joined the order. His son,David was called on a mission to help build the St. George temple. Amanda and Allen spent manyhours drying their produce as well as the weaving and farming.
Amanda died of a stroke on September 21, 1888 at the age of 56. Allen died just one year afterAmanda on December 18, 1889 being true to the faith, valiant to the call of the prophets and verygreat parents to a wonderful posterity.