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Maj John Stith, Sr

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Maj John Stith, Sr

  • Birth 1631 Lancashire, England
  • Death 3 Apr 1693 Westover, Charles City County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 53950917

Born about 1631 in Kirkham Parish, Lancashire, England to Robert and Mary Townsend Stith, John Stith Sr. immigrated to Virginia before 1656, settling in Charles Cittie Shire (sic), one of the original boroughs created by The Virginia Company under rule of the reigning monarch, King James I of England.

Educated in England as an attorney at law, John's passage was paid by Samuel Earle of London, the owner of a large tobacco plantation along the James River. Stith repaid his passage quickly from his earnings at his practice of Law in the Virginia Colonies and as a County Magistrate of Charles City. He came to this new land holding grants awarded him by King Charles II himself, for his loyalty to the new reigning monarch. He later acquired additional patents containing the following, February 15, 1663/64, Patent for 500 acres on the north side of the James River, property 2: July 29, 1664, 550 acres, property 3: May 11, 1675, 636 acres.

In 1656 He married Jane (Mosby), thought to be the daughter of Vice Edward Mosby; she being born about 1624, and died 1686 in Westover Parish, Charles City County, Virginia. One of the First Families of the original Virginia Colonies, John and Jane became the progenitors of the Stith lineage in America, having at least the following children: their first child, Captain John Drury Stith (called Jr., although his father's name did not include "Drury"), heir to his father's fortune, married Mary Randolph, daughter of Colonel William and Mary Royal Isham Randolph of Turkey Island; a son, Lieutenant-Colonel Drury Stith, married Susanna Barthurst; a daughter Ann, wife of Colonel Robert Bolling Sr. of Kippax Plantation, Hopewell, Virginia; a daughter Jane, wife of Captain Daniel Luellin and daughter Agnes, wife of Thomas Wynn of Prince George County. It is said John had an infant daughter at the time of his marriage to Jane. In 1686 a patent, endorsed by John and Jane, given to Thomas Hardaway, probably the husband of that daughter, as Stith Hardaway descended in this family line.

A gentleman of considerable wealth, a successful merchant, rich tobacco plantation owner, a prominent member of the "colonial aristocracy", John's position in the Colonial Militia was elevated to the rank of Major. And, In the years following, 1685 – 1686, 1692 – 1693, John, elected as a Representative to the House of Burgesses became on of its notable and contriversial members.

His death is reported about 1693 in Westover Parish, Charles City County, Colonial Virginia. His Last Will and Testament recorded April 3, 1694.

The foregoing biographical information is a compilation of historical data as found in various writings of the era and not one particular source. § By C. Hileman

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