Are you a Stith male descended from the Stith's of Virginia

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I'm seeking a direct male descendant of the Stith line that came from England to Charles City County, Virginia, later in Brunswick and Prince George counties in Virginia.  Wanting a Stith male descendant to take a Y-DNA test to compare against the DNA of a descendant of Isham Thrift (Thrift-8).

The Stith family had close ties to the Stroud family, living next to one another and witnessing deeds for one another.  Mary Stroud married Isham Thrift.  Isham appears basically out of nowhere (i.e. we've never located his parents), and DNA tests have shown he is not related to the well known Thrift and Frith families of Virginia.  DNA tests have shown that Isham is somehow related to Drury, William, Jane & David Thrift of Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  Dinwiddie was formed in 1752 from Prince George, which was formed in 1703 from Charles City Co.

Where did the name Isham come from?  Well, Mary Randolph, who married John Stith, was the daughter of William Randolph and Mary ISHAM.  Isham Thrift named sons Drury and David Anderson.  The John Stith just mentioned, was son of John Stith and Jane DRURY.  His son, John III, was married to Elizabeth ANDERSON.  Coincidence?  Perhaps, but I certainly would like to see if this is perhaps an incident of the name changing from one generation to the next.  (My maiden name, Athy, has sons that went by Athon.)

If you are direct male descendant of the above mentioned Stith family, or know someone who is, I certainly would love to talk to you!  Thanks!!
WikiTree profile: Drury Stith
in Genealogy Help by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (414k points)

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I am a direct descendant of the Robert Stith who came from England to Charels City Virginia.  He is my 8th great Grandfather.  The sequence is Robert, John, Drury, Drury, Buckner, Griffin, Louisa Stuart. The latter married a Marshall Brown whose daughter Rosa married Richard Wallach the mayor of DC, my great-grandfather through Robert and Robert.

I have not taken a DNA test, but plan on doing so.  Can you recommend the proper test.
by Robert Wallach G2G Crew (320 points)
Hi! I asked for recommendations in G2G when I was looking to get texts for me & my Dad. Of course, I can't find that post now, but I found one that might be helpful: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/98339/how-valid-is-family-tree-dna-origins-

Given how things change rapidly in new technology, you probably should post a new question asking for recommendations. Tag it DNA

Cheers, Liz

ps - after you get tested, I believe the recommendation is still to upload to GedMatch. see https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/102215/adding-results-looking-recommendations-tests-mtdna-gedmatch
Hi Robert, thanks for responding.  I'm trying to find a direct line male descendant for a Y-DNA test.  Unfortunately with your line, it 'breaks' with Louisa.  I am seeking a direct male line descendant to compare Y-DNA with the Thrift Y-DNA project on FamilyTreeDNA.  My ancestor, Isham THRIFT, is matching other Thrifts from Dinwiddie, Virginia, but we can't locate their predecessor.  They don't match Richard Thrift.  The Stiths and Thrifts had close ties and similar first names of children, so I'm hoping to get someone to test to see if there's a chance a Stith became a Thrift.

With regard to DNA testing, it depends on what you are trying to accomplish by taking one.  The Y-DNA is your direct male line, while the mtDNA is your direct female line.  An autosomal test will give you DNA results from all of your family lines.  I would suggest, if undecided on tests, that you start with an autosomal test through FamilyTreeDNA.  Once they have your sample, you can have them run other tests at a later date.  If either of your parents are still living, you should test them first.

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