Categories: Stith Name Study | Kirkham, Lancashire | Loyalists - Bacon's Rebellion | Westover Parish, Virginia | Charles City County, Virginia Colony | Charles City County, Virginia | House of Burgesses, Virginia Colony | Virginia Colonists.
"The first of this family of whom anything is known was Colonel John Stith of Charles City County, who patented land there [Virginia] in 1663. In 1676 the House of Burgesses, which met under Bacon's auspices, accused him of having been one of the chief causes of the existing troubles, and disfranchised him. He was a practicing lawyer in 1680; Sheriff of Charles City County in 1691, and Burgess in 1685, 1692 and 1693. " --“The Buckners of Virginia and the Allied Families of Strother and Ashby” by Howard Randolph Bayne, 1907
Major John Stith is often reported to have been born in the 1625/31 timeframe in Kirkham, Lancashire, England, the son of Robert and Mary (Townsend) Stith. However, it appears there is no evidence to support such claims: Dr. Christopher Johnston (1856-19--) of Baltimore, Maryland (himself a Stith descendant) stated as follows in an article written in Volume 21W(1), William and Mary Quarterly "The Stith family appears to have been long settled in the parish of Kirkham, in Lancashire and both the parish registers and the wills show that the Stiths were quite numerous in that locality. A careful search, however, fails to show any unmistakable trace of the Virginia immigrant, and it is probable that his immediate family had moved elsewhere, perhaps to London." 
General Notes: John Stith was in America by 1656 and at that time had received a 500 -acre grant to him and to Samuel EARLE; the land was in Charles City County, VA on the James River upstream from Jamestown. There were land grants of 550 acres on July 29, 1664, 636 acres on May 11, 1675 and many other tracts in the vicinity of the James River. An attorney and a magistrate. He was a captain in the Militia in 1676, later by 1680, a major. John STITH was a member of the House of Burgesses 1685-6. At one period he was accused of using his powers to the detriment of the citizens and for a period he was forbidden to hold any public office; this restriction was later rescinded, as in 1691 he was sheriff and in 1697 he was taking grievances with the people of Charles City County.
John Stith "came to Virginia before 1656 and settled in Charles City county. In 1656 he was a lieutenant of militia, in 1676 a captain, and in 1680 a major. He was also a merchant, a lawyer and a justice of the peace. He was a prominent supporter of Sir William Berkeley during Bacon's rebellion in 1676. In 1686 he was a burgess for Charles City county. He left issue — John Stith, Drury Stith, Anne, married Colonel Robert Bolling"
"Gentleman. To oldest son John, all land I live on and my mill lately built, and all other lands belonging to me except my land on eastern branch of Herring Creek, which I give to my son Drury. To my daughter Jane, now wife of Capt Daniel Luellin, 5 pounds. To my daughter Ann, now wife of Mr Robert Bolling, 10 pounds. To my daughter Agnes, now wife of Mr Thomas Wynne, 5 pounds. All rest of my estate divided in three parts to my wife Jane and sons John and Drury. Drury is to take his share of personal estate at plantation left to him, but if more than his share, then surplus to the other two. To my loving friend Hugh Davis, 20 shillings to buy him a ring. He is to settle any difference amoung my executors. Dated 13 Nov 1690 Wit: James Batty, Frances (FH) Batty, John Gay, Hugh Davis Signed John Stith Recorded 3 April 1694
Codicil: I originally divided my estate in three parts. Since marriage of my son Drury, I have allowed him his third of my personal estate and made over the plantation left in my will . Therefore rest of estate is now divided into 2 parts for my wife and son John. 3 Oct 1693 . Witt: William Cole, John Jones, Thomas Grig. Recorded 3 Apr 1694 Charles City Co., VA
Codicil: I give and bequeath to my daughter Agnes, the now wife of Mr Thomas Wynne, the sum of fifteen pounds sterling. Oct 3 1693, proved 3 Apr 1694."
THE STITH FAMILY
The earliest known Malone wife was Mary Wynne Malone (b. c 1677), whose mother was Agnes Stith Wynne, wife of Capt. Thomas Wynne. Many researchers have missed the fact that Agnes Wynne was the daughter of Maj. John Stith, and in genealogies have referred to her as "Agnes ___" or "Agnes Tucker". [e. g. 19 p 109] The Stith's were great contributors to Colonial Virginia and were closely involved with those early families connected with the Malones.
The Stith family appear to have had their roots in the parish of Kirkham, in Lancashire, England. Parish registers and wills show numerous Stith references, though none which would point directly to the immigrant ancestor John Stith, whose family probably moved elsewhere prior to his emigration. Major John Stith had arrived in colonial Virginia before 1656, and received a 500 acre land grant to himself and Samuel Earle on the north side of the James River in Charles City County dated 2-15-1663. [Va. Patent Book 5, p 268] He also had a 550 acre grant on 7-29-1664 and 636 acres 5-1-1665 in addition to the tracts which he purchased. He had a large landed estate at his death. ["William & Mary Quarterly", Vol. XXI (Series 1) pp 181-2]
John Stith was a Charles City Co. militia lieutenant in 1656, and a captain in 1676. He was on the side of the colonial government in Bacon's Rebellion. He was made a major of militia in 1680, was one of the magistrates of the county, and a practicing lawyer. ["Wm. & Mary Quarterly" Vol. XXI series 1 p 182] He was thereafter referred to as "Major John Stith." He represented Charles City Co. in the House of Burgesses 1685-86. He may have had a previous marriage, (possibly to a Drury.) In 1656 he married Jane, widow of Joseph Parsons. Jane had previously been married to Thomas Gregory before his death. Her maiden name is unknown, but may well have been "Drury" since he named his other son Drury, and he had no other previous known family connections prior to his immigration. In May, 1677 he was one of the persons commissioned to take depositions regarding greivances of the people of Charles City County. ["Wm. & Mary Quarterly" Vol. XXI Series 1 pp 182-3]
Major John Stith wrote his will dated 11-13-1690, with a codicil added on 10-3-1693. The will was proved 4-3-1694, and is found in Charles City County Wills & Deeds 1689 -1694, pp 185-187, on record at the Virginia State Library. It is abstracted as follows:
I, John Stith, Sen'r, of the parish of Westover, in Charles Citty County, in Virginia, Gent, being well in body....
--I give and bequeath to my oldest son John Stith all the land, houseing & appurtenances thereunto belonging whereon I now live as alsoe my ___ mill by me lately built... excepting all that tract:
--or parcell of land that is mine lying on the northside of the eastern branch of Herin Creek, which with the houses & all & every the apurtenances therwith belonging I give unto my son Drury Stith & to his heyrs forever.
--I give & bequeath to my Daughter Jane, the now wife of Capt. Daniel Lluellin the sum of 5 pounds sterling...
--I give & bequeath to my Daughter Ann, the now wife of Mr. Robert Bolling, the sum of 10 pounds sterling,...
--I give & bequeath to my Daughter Agnes, the now wife of Mr. Thomas Wynn, the sum of 15 pounds sterling, in full of all that she may or can claime as a child's part in mine estate.
--After debts & legacies paid, I give the remainder of my personall estate to be equally divided between my loveing wife Jane Stith & my sd two sonns John & Drury Stith. And my will is that my son Drury shall take his share in my estate out of those goods & chattells being at the plantcon before to him bequeathed as far as the same shall amount.
--I doe hereby make & ordain my sd wife Jane & my sd two sons John & Drury Stith joynt executors of this my last will & testament.
--lastly, I give to my loveing friend Hugh Davis 20 shillings sterling to buy him a ring. Hugh Davis to compose any differences which might arise in settlement of will.
Codicil: Drury has already received his third share after his marriage, and therefore remaining part of estate to be divided between Jane and John.
Will witnessed by: James Batty, John Gay, Frances F. H. Batty, Hugh Davis
Codicil witnessed by: William Cole, John Jones, Thomas Grig.
The family of Major John Stith, Sr.:
Major John Stith, Sr. (c 1630 England - 1694 Charles City Co., Va.) m. 1st ?; m. 2nd 1656 Jane Parsons (d. after 1694), widow of Joseph Parsons and former widow of Thomas Gregory, maiden name unknown.
A. Capt. John Stith, Jr. (c 1653/7 - c 1724) m. Mary Randolph, dau of William Randolph (1650 - 1711) and Mary Isham (1659 - 1735). (Mary's brother Isham Randolph was Thomas Jefferson's grandfather.) After John Stith Jr.'s death Mary Stith became matron at William & Mary College. Their son William Stith was chaplain for the House of Burgesses and was later president of William & Mary College 1752-1755. Capt. John Stith was High Sheriff of Charles City Co. in 1691 and was a Burgess for the county 1692-1693. ["Wm. & Mary Quarterly" Vol. XXI Series 1 p 183] His children and grandchildren:
1. Rev. William Stith (1707 - 9-19-1755) m. 1738 Judith Randolph (b. 1718), dau of Thomas Randolph of Tuckahoe and his wife Judith Fleming. Judith Randolph was his first cousin. He was Rector of Henrico Parish, President of Wm & Mary College 1752 - 1755, and author of History of Virginia.
a. Judith Stith (d. 6-17-1773) unmarried b. Elizabeth Stith (d. 1792) m. Dr. William Pasteur of Williamsburg. c. Mary Stith (d. 1816) unmarried.
2. Lt. Col. John Stith (d. c 1758) m. c 1728 Elizabeth Anderson, dau of Rev. Charles and Frances Anderson of Westover. a. Major John Stith (b. c 1723), of Charles City Co. in 1782. Gone after 1787, possibly to Brunswick Co. b. Col. William Stith (1736 Va. - 1799 Ga.) m. in Va. 9-24-1756 his cousin Katharine Stith, dau of Drury and Martha Stith. This Drury was son of Lt. Col. Drury Stith (B-1) and Elizabeth Buckner. (See below.) At college in 1754, living in Brunswick Co., Va. 1782. Their children:
(1) William Stith (c 1757 Va. - 11-23-1807 Ga.) (2) Anderson Stith (b. 1759 Brunswick Co., Va.) (3) Susan Stith m. 11-6-1794 John Hamil (4) Peyton Stith (5) Frances Stith (Oct. 1765 - 5-25-1815 Ga.) m. 1782 Thomas Haynes (6) Catharine Stith (1766 - 1832) m. 1790 Thomas Cobb (7) John Stith
c. Anderson Stith (c. 1730 - 1768) m. before 1765 Joanna Bassett, dau of William and Elizabeth (Churchill) Bassett of Eltham, New Kent Co. William Dawson, below, m. 2nd Elizabeth (Churchill) Bassett after she was widowed. Anderson Stith was a lawyer in Charles City Co. in 1756.
d. Judith Stith m. 1735 John Haynard of Halifax Co., N. C.
3. Mary Randolph Stith m. c 1730 Rev. William Dawson (1705 - 1752), Pres. Wm. & Mary College, Commissary of Va. mem. council. He m. 2nd Elizabeth (Churchill) Bassett. (See above.)
B. Lt. Col. Drury Stith (c 1670 - 1741) m. Susanna Bathurst.
1. Drury Stith (1695 - 1771) m. Elizabeth Buckner, dau of William and Catherine (Ballard) Buckner.
a. Drury Stith (d. Jan. 1770) m. Martha ___.
(1) Katherine Stith (1740 - 1786) m. 1756 Va. Col. William Stith (1753 Va. - 1799 Ga.), son of Lt. Col. John Stith (A-2-b). (See above.)
b. Richard Stith (9-3-1727 Brunswick Co., Va. - 11-16-1802 Campbell Co.) m. 12-28-1756 ____. c. Griffin Stith (b. 11-28-1721) d. John Stith (b. 3-20-172_) e. Bathurst Stith (b. 9-19-1729) f. Thomas Stith (b. 12-28-1731)
2. Mary Stith m. 8-18-1720 Buller Herbert.
3. Richard Stith (1727 - 1802 Campbell Co., Va.) m. Lucy Cooke Hall
4. William Stith (d. 1749) of Charles City Co. a. Elizabeth Buckner Stith (1762 Va. - 1825 Ky.) m. Jesse Adam.
C. Jane Stith m. Capt. Daniel Lluellin.
D. Ann Stith m. 1681 Robert Bolling (1646 - 1724), son of John and Mary Bolling of Bolling Hall. (Robert Bolling had been married 1st to Jane Rolfe (d. 1676), dau of Thomas Rolfe and the famous Indian princess Pocahuntas.)
1. Robert Bolling 2. Stith Bolling 3. Edward Bolling 4. Anne Bolling m. Robert Wynne, son of Agnes Stith Wynne (E). (See below.) 5. Drury Bolling 6. Thomas Bolling 7. Agnes Bolling
E. *Agnes Stith m. c 1675 *Capt. Thomas Wynne. Their daughter Mary Wynne m. Nathaniel Malone 3-3. (See page 764 and following.)
Ed. Note: We would like to thank Mrs. Mildred S. Winn for her excellent research and generous help in making available much of the data for this chapter.
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