Stites Name Study

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Surname/tag: Stites
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Please contact the project leader Regie Stites or leave a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

One of the goals of this project is to discover the origins of the Stites surname and trace its spread from 17th Long Island to New Jersey and beyond.

Task List

  • Determine who was the first person to have the surname Stites and whether the name originated in England or in America
  • Clarify the status of Dr. John Stites (1595-?). He appears to be a fantasy. If any good evidence of his existence exists, we should try to uncover it. He appears to be family lore and nothing else.
  • Uncover the true origins of the Stites name in America.
  • Trace various Stites lineages within and beyond New Jersey. I am starting with descendants of Richard Stites [Stites-250] my ancestors from the Westfields area of Elizabethtown (descendants of William Stites [Stites-249]) who moved to Ohio after the Revolutionary War. I would appreciate help with the Cape May, NJ branches of the family, descendants of Henry Stites [Stites-256] and Benjamin Stites [Stites-257].

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In the time since I created this page and the Stites Surname Project I have concluded that Dr. John Stites (1595-1717) is not a real person. I believe that he is a product of family lore that probably originated in the 19th century. I have found no good evidence that he actually existed.
posted 23 Jan 2019 by Regie Stites   [thank Regie]
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