Nicholas Adam Outten
Capt. Nicholas Adam Outten, son of James and Mary Lingo Outten, was born October 11, 1836. He married Anna M. Cannon, born November 7, 1842, and died January 28, 1925; she was the niece to the wife of his uncle, John R. Outten, and her mother’s name was Sarah A. Cannon. They began housekeeping in Seaford, and were the parents of three children. Elmer Outten was born in Philadelphia, April 30, 1865. His parents removed to Seaford, where he attended the public school. He matriculated at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and was graduated in March, 1887, after which he was employed in a drug store. In 1897, he began the drug business in Lewes, Delaware. He erected a large store building, and kept one of the largest department stores in Delaware, consisting of drugs, stationary, hardware, wallpaper, paint, house goods, printing, carpets, house furnishings, seeds, etc. The second floor of the building was called the Outten Lyceum. He belonged to the Atlantic Lodge No. 15, I.O.O.F.; was a director in the Lewes National Bank; a strong Democrat; a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and at one time Superintendent of Sunday School. He was married, while a resident of Lewes, to Miss Orah Vaughan, daughter of James Edward Vaughan and Lettie Ann Atkins, his wife, and has four children; Elmer Stuart; Eleanor; Vaughan; and Dorothy. Several years ago, he moved to Dover, where he is the proprietor of a large clothing store, and the cashier of the Peoples Guarantee and Trust Company.
Cora Outten, only daughter of Nicholas, married William Russell of Lewes, and they have four children: Lynford, Edward, Gladys, and Reba. In 1898, they entertained the writer and his wife during a conference session in Lewes. At that time they lived in Pilot Town. Cora Outten Russell died at 4 o’clock on Saturday morning, October 19. 1918. Her son, Edward, had been sick in Wilmington, and she went to nurse him, but he died October 12, of influenza, and she contracted pneumonia. She was buried in the Lewes Presbyterian Church-yard October 22. The family now live on Main Street, in Lewes.
Lynford Outten, brother of Elmer, was born September 16, 1873, at Seaford, Delaware; educated in the Philadelphia public schools; married Mary C. Poynter of Lewes, June 5, 1901, by the Rev. L. C. Wainwright; she was born at Lewes, July 30, 1880; her parents were George W. and Rebecca West Maull Poynter; she was educated at Lewes Union School and graduated June 2, 1897. They lived in Lewes till January, 1903, when they moved to Philadelphia. In 1910, they moved to Dover, Delaware, where they now reside. Lynford is a pharmacist, and is associated with his brother, being secretary of the Outten Brothers, Inc., of Dover, Delaware, in the clothing business. They have no children.
Capt. Nicholas Outten made his home in Lewes for several years. He was a sea captain and part owner of the William James, which was the last vessel that his father ever built. He was also captain and part owner of the Lena M. Cottingham. Mike Coulbourne also owned a share in this vessel. He was captain of several coastwise vessels. He moved his family to Philadelphia three times. He lost his sight four or five years before his death, and suffered greatly with his eyes. He went to the Sailors’ Snug Harbor on Staten Island, N. Y., where he stayed until a few weeks before his death. Here he was associated with Capt. Anandra Outten, who remained with him until his death which occurred June 16, 1913, and he was buried at Concord. Nicholas was short and stout, with full face, and large eyes, and he was a perfect representation of the pure Outten type.