The Families of Adam Keith

Doctors, Lawyers, Reverends and such


Dr. John S. Stoutner [1822-1912]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Johann Michael Keith2>Michael Keith3>Michael  Keith4>Mary Ann [Keith] m. [John S.] Stoutner5

A Genealogical And Biographical History Of Keokuk County Iowa, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1903, pp. 258-261




Dr John S. Stoutner of Keota has passed the eightieth milestone on life's journey and is now living in honorable retirement from labor. His life record has been characterized by many of the sterling qualities of upright manhood and wherever known he has won the respect and good will of those with whom he has been associated. Now in the evening of life he receives the veneration and esteem which should ever be accorded to those who have advanced far on life's journey. He is a native of Pennsylvania his birth having occurred in Bedford county on the 5th of April 1822. His father Benjamin Stoutner was born in Maryland and there spent his boyhood and youth. The grandfather John Stoutner was also supposed to be a native of Maryland and was of German descent. On leaving his native state Benjamin Stoutner took up his abode in Bedford county Pennsylvania where he carried on blacksmithing. He was married in Pennsylvania and several years later located in Richland county Ohio where he spent his remaining days dying when eighty four years of age. His life was in consistent harmony with his profession as a member of the Lutheran church and in politics he was always a stanch Democrat. His wife bore the maiden name of Catherine Shertzer a native of Pennsylvania where she was reared. She also died in her eighty fourth year. Her father Jacob Shertzer was born in the Keystone state and was of German lineage. To the parents of our subject were born ten children four sons and six daughters all of whom reached adult age with the exception of one son who died when ten years old.


Dr Stoutner is the eldest of the family. He was reared in the place of his nativity until seventeen years of age when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Richland county Ohio remaining with them until he had attained the age of twenty two years. He then went to Massillon Ohio and took up the study of medicine under the direction of Dr John Shertzer who directed his reading for two years and ten months. He afterward pursued a course of study at Willoughby college Ohio twenty miles east of Cleveland. When he had become well qualified for the active practice of the profession he located in New Washington, Crawford county, Ohio where, he opened an office and was there in practice for five years during which time he acquired a good patronage. He then went to Ganges Richland county where he remained for one year after which he came to the west. It was in 1854 that he made his way to Iowa locating in Washington county at a place called Paris. For nine years he practiced successfully there and at the end of that time abandoned his profession in order to give his attention to agricultural pursuits. He purchased two farms in Washington county and on selling that land bought property in township 76 of Washington county becoming the owner of three hundred and twenty acres upon which he located devoting his energies to its development and improvement. His labors wrought a transformation in the place so that it became a very valuable and attractive farm and thereon he continued to make his home until 1890 when he retired from farm life and purchased a residence property in Keota. He had added to his land until he was the owner of seven hundred and ninety acres of as rich land as can be found in the country. He gave to his son Oliver a tract of eighty acres a similar amount to his son William and they are now prominent farmers of Washington county.


On the 28th of October, 1847 the Doctor was united in marriage to Mary Ann Keith, a native of Richland county, Ohio, born January 5, 1824 and a daughter of Michael and Margaret Keith both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. In their family were two sons and five daughters and death did not sever the family tie until after they had reached mature years. Mrs Stoutner is the youngest of the children and was reared and educated in her native place. By her marriage she has become the mother of six children; Margaret now deceased, Oliver a resident farmer of Washington county, Naomi the wife of Warren Stewart a stockman of Keota, William also a farmer of Washington county, Edward deceased, and Nettie the wife of Squire HS Statler of Keota.


The Doctor is a stanch Democrat having firm faith in the principles of the party which he also supports by his ballot and his influence. He is a member of the Christian church in which he has taken an active part doing all in his power to promote its growth and up-building. In his business affairs he has prospered and is to day in comfortable financial circumstances whereby he is enabled to enjoy many of the luxuries as well as of the necessities of life. He is a well preserved man of eighty years for nature is kindly to those who abuse not her laws. His life has in many respects been highly commendable and his example is therefore well worthy of emulation.