John Stith

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This article is about the Virginia colonist. For the science fiction writer, see John E. Stith.

John Stith (fl. 1656–1691) was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses[1] and the progenitor of the Stith family, one of the first families of Virginia.[2][3]

Stith ancestors were likely from the area of Kirkham in Lancashire, England.[4] Stith settled in Charles City County, Virginia sometime after coming to the colony sometime before 1656.[1][5] He was a merchant, an attorney, and a justice of the peace, and served in the militia as a lieutenant (1656), a captain (1676), and a major (1680).[1] In 1691, Stith was the high sheriff of Charles City County.[2] During Bacon's Rebellion of 1676, Stith was a supporter of Sir William Berkeley.[1]

Stith married Jane Parsons, the widow of Joseph Parsons, and had at least three children:[1][2][4][5]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Goode, George Brown (1887). "Excursus.-The Stith Family". Virginia Cousins: A Study of the Ancestry and Posterity of John Goode of Whitby. Richmond, Virginia: J. W. Randolph & English. pp. 210–212. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Questions and Answers". Notes and Queries. Manchester, New Hampshire: S. C. & L. M Gould. VI (2): 244–245. February 1989. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Johnston, Christopher (July 1912). "The Stith Family". In Tyler, Lyon G. William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine. XXI. Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson. pp. 181–193, 269–278. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Gordon, Armistead C (1914). "The Stith Family". In Tyler, Lyon G. William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine. XXII. Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson. pp. 44–51, 197–208. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ Brown, John Howard (1900). "Armistead Churchill Gordon". Lamb's Biographical Dictionary of the United States. III. Boston, Massachusetts: James H. Lamb Company. p. 331. Retrieved February 25, 2011.