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Drury Stith (1718 - abt. 1770)

Drury Stith
Born in Brunswick County, Virginiamap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] in Brunswick Co.,
Husband of — married 1763 in Virginiamap
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Died about at about age 52 in Brunswick County, Virginiamap
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Drury Stith son of Lt-Col. Drury Stith & Elizabeth Buckner was born in 1718 and died in 1770. He was the county surveyor of Brunswick (1740,1751), sheriff of Brunswick 1757, justice (1747, 1756, etc.). In his military career he was Major of Horse in the Virginia Militia in 1746, Colonel of Foot in 1753 and Colonel of Brunswick Co. Militia in 1759. He served as burgess for Brunswick county in 1748-1756. He died in 1770. He married (first) Martha ____, (second) Elizabeth Jones, widow of Thomas Eldridge. [1]

He married (1) Martha (?). He married (2) Elizabeth Jones, the widow of Thomas Eldridge.[2]

Court Records

At a vestry-meeting in 1755 the following entry is found: "The vestry [St. Andrew's Parish], being of opinion that the Rev. George Purdie has for some time past neglected his duty, and behaved himself in a manner which is a scandal to a person of his function, do order and direct Drury STITH, Edward Goodrich, and Littleton Tazwell, or any two of them, to wait on the Commissary and acquaint him as soon as possible with the behaviour and conduct of said Purdie for some time past, and request him to make use of his authority in silencing him, (if any such he hath,) and if not, that he will join with us in a remonstrance to the Bishop of London, or such other person or persons as he shall advise, to have the said Purdie removed from the parish."[3]

Indenture made the 13th day of January, 1756, between Drury STITH and Thomas STITH, for 100 pounds, conveying tract on North side of Sturgeon Run. Witnesses were Buckner STITH, Matthew HUBBARD, and William STROUD. Presented in Court on June 22, 1756. Deed Book 6, page 62.[4]

Bond of Drury STITH, Jas. MACLIN, and Hugh MILLER dated the 28th day of February, 1758, bound unto Thos. TWITTY, Isaac Row WALTON, William THORNTON, and John PETWAY, Gent., Justices of the Said County, for 1,000 pounds, as Drury Stith having been appointed collector of the levy, to well and truly collect the tithable. Signed by Drury STITH, Jas. MACLIN, and Hugh MILLER. Acknowledged in Court on February 28, 1758. Deed Book 6, page 240.

Will & Administration

His will was written on 25 June 1770 and proved in Brunswick County on 25 Feb 1771[5] Drury Stith of the Parish of St. Andrews, Brunswick County.
"I lay no claim to any part of the estate my wife was possessed of at our marriage.".
Devices: To son Buckner land on the south side of Sturgeon river, bounded by lands of Tho. Stith, Henry Moore, Drury Stith, John Loyd, Buckner Stith and...Merritt...1100 acres..
To wife Elizabeth a tract of land on south side of Beaver Pond Branch, being land bought of Vaughan and Clayton...746 acres, at her death to son Thomas..
To Robert Lawrence's heirs tract between Moore's and proctor's...210 acres..
To wife Elizabeth another tract on Beaver Pond Branch..
To son Buckner negroes..
To daugher ELiza(beth) negroes, "being the same mentioned in my letter to her Uncle John"..
Lands lately purchased of Tho. and Wm. Griffin on Sturgeon River...part to Wife, and part to son Edmunds..
To Wife slaves and personal estate..."during her life, after her decease to be equally divided among the children I have had by her.".
Executors: John Coleman, Sterling Edmunds, and wife Elizabeth..
Wit: Nath, Roberson, Chas. Sadler, Wm. Parsons. Dated 25 June 1770. Recorded 19 Sep 1770 and 25 Feb 1771.

Codicil: Bequests of more lands to children already named and to Richard Littlepage Lawrence..
Wit: Tho. Lundie, Henry Simmons, Tho. Edmunds..
(Will Book 4, p. 40, Brunswick Co.) [6]

At a Court held for Brunswick County the 25th Day of February 1771 by the Oath of William Parsons, one of the Witnesses thereto and the said Codicil (This was dated 19 Sept 1770) was also proved by the Oaths of the Reverend Mr. Thomas Lundie and Henry Simmons two of the Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.[7]

Accounting of Estate of Col. Drury Stith, 1771-1778 by Thomas Stith, Admn., recorded Brunswick Co. VA Will Book No. 5. pgs. 230 thru 240.[8]

Deeds and Records

Lunenburg Co. VA Deed Book 1, p. 101.
20 Feb 1746. Drury Stith of Brunswick and Martha his wife to Robert Jones Junior of Surrey Co. attorney at law 556 acres on the Northside of Roanoak river. Bounds; Beginning at the mouth of the First great Creek above the Sappon[ ]y Fort thence up the Creek as it meanders to a forked branch--to the creek next below the Indian Fort. The tract was granted to Drury Stith father of the above named Drury Stith by a patent d. 27 Sept 1729. Wit; Clemt. Read, William Hill, Thos. Lanier, Nicho. Lanier. Recorded 3 March 1746. [9]

Brunswick Co. VA Deed Book 5, Page 138.
We Drury Stith, Littleton Tazewell and John Clack are held and firmly bound unto King George the second in the sum of £500, we bind ourselves, etc., dated 31 December 1751; Condition of obligation is that whereas the above bound Drury Stith is Commissionated Surveyor of brunswick county now fi the said Drury shall truly and faithfully execute and perform his said office, then obligation to be void. Signed Drury Stith, Litt. Tazewell, John Clack. Court 31 December 1751, Bond acknowledged by Drury Stith, Littleton Tazewell and John Clack [10]


  1. Virginia Genealogies & Biographies, Stith, p 330 Virginia Biography
  3. Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia. Article XLIV, on Brunswick County and St. Andrew's Parish.
  5. page 163, "Notes and Queries [from the records of Brunswick County]," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Apr., 1920), pp. 161-175 (Virginia Historical Society). Stable URL:
  6. William D. Hall, M.D. Selma, Alabama. AN INTIMATE STUDY OF THOMAS ELDRIDGE, JUNIOR AND SENIOR. RootsWeb. [1]
  7. Wanda, Stith-Hagen. The Stith Family Part 1 Virginia. Access Laserpress, Phoenix, AZ, 1994
  8. Accounting of Estate of Col. Drury Stith, 1771-1778 "Brunswick, Virginia, United States Records," images, FamilySearch ( : February 9, 2021), image 414 of 626; Virginia. County Court (Brunswick County).
  9. The Southside Virginian, Volume VI No. 4 Oct. 1988.

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Which children are by which wife? His will states 'among the children I have had by her' (referring to wife Elizabeth), which tells us they had more than one child. Edmunds seems likely to be Elizabeth's child (presently attached to Martha). Which others are hers? Is there any indication of when Drury and Elizabeth married? I note on Thomas Eldridge's profile there is conflicting information about when he died. Has a will been searched for/located?
Elizabeth's will clearly states she is mother to Aristotle, Sarah, Howell, Katherine, Charlotte, Thomas & Edmunds appointing guardians for Howell, Katherine, Charlotte, Thomas, & Edmunds. The incorrect mother's profiles have been project protected so the project has to make the corrections. The Katherine attached to Drury is also incorrect. Drury's daughter Katherine was by his marriage to Elizabeth and very much alive when her brother Edmund made his will (on his profile).
posted by Honi Kleine
OK. I've connected Elizabeth to son Thomas. So who is the father of Katherine Stith-64? And we would need to create a new profile for Katherine, daughter of Drury Stith-28 and Elizabeth Jones.
Drury Stith was granted 3544 acres of land in Brunswick County by a letters patent dated 26 July 1765 (would be awesome to find this). This is referenced in an indenture between his executor/brother Thomas Stith to Robert Nicholson, selling a 625 acre portion of this patent from his estate in 1772. Drury had gifted (in 1768) 600 acres of this 3544 acres to his son Drury, who sold a 139 acre portion of his 600 to Robert Nicholson adjoining the 625 recorded the same day (see son's profile). It appears the elder Drury had sold approximately 400 acres (next to Buckner) to David Andrews for just 5 pounds in 1767, which seems like an incredible bargain for whatever reason unknown.
posted by Honi Kleine
sorry - just realized I have a <ref name=StithValley /> in that post with no other clues. Pretty sure it was this reference, from Stith-361:

Descendants of John Stith Sr, StithValley Genealogy (accessed Nov. 1, 2016)

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hi! I added a research notes section to Stith-15 you might find of interest.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
update: this comment doesn't quite make sense with this profile anymore. The Lucy referred to is apparently Lucy (Nicholson), the wife/widow of Drury (b 1746), son of Drury (b 1718). Not sure whose profile it had been posted to originally. ~ Liz, 28 March 2017

Drury Stith died 1772, Brunswick County; Lucy died after 22 July 1796.<ref name=StithValley />

1772 is probably his father's death date. Brunswick County records show a 1775 inventory for Col. Drury Stith of Brunswick County

p 164, "Notes and Queries," The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Apr., 1920), pp. 161-175 (Virginia Historical Society). Stable URL:

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
p 221 has info on his will & his 2nd wife's will (listing children):

Historical and Genealogical Notes The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 23, No. 3 (Jan., 1915), pp. 220-221 Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture DOI: 10.2307/1914721 Stable URL:

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
in a list of wills, there's an entry for a will proved September 19, 1770 for a Drury Stith (p 163, - same ref as previous post)
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
see p 163, Notes and Queries

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 28, No. 2 (Apr., 1920), pp. 161-175 Published by: Virginia Historical Society Stable URL:

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett

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