Richard Stout is said to have left Nottinghamshire after a disagreement with his father over Richard's choice of a fiancee. The oft-repeated story goes that he joined the English Navy, served out his time and then was discharged in America. Being in New Amsterdam, he served the Dutch, but soon joined the colony of English settlers led by Lady Deborah Moody who had successfully petitioned for permission to establish their community at Gravesend in Brooklyn. I have never seen any official record of Richard's naval service or discharge - and don't know that anyone else has. However, Richard's life from the time of his association with Lady Moody and the Gravesend community is fairly well documented. Here are sources I've found. Of course, no mention of Richard should omit his wife's story: but you'll find that on a separate page.