Stith ancestors were likely from the area of Kirkham in Lancashire, England. Stith settled in Charles City County, Virginia sometime after coming to the colony sometime before 1656. 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). In 1691, Stith was the high sheriff of Charles City County. During Bacon's Rebellion of 1676, Stith was a supporter of Sir William Berkeley.
- John Stith2 married Mary Randolph, the daughter of William Randolph, and had three children: William, John3, and Mary. William Stith married Judith Randolph, his first cousin and the daughter of Thomas Randolph (of Tuckahoe), and was the third president of the College of William & Mary. John Stith3 was the great-great-grandfather of Brigadier General of the Confederate States Army Junius Daniel and the great-great-great-grandfather of Armistead C. Gordon. Mary Stith married William Dawson, the second president of the College of William & Mary, and had two children including John Dawson, the father of Congressman William Johnston Dawson.
- Drury Stith married Susannah Bathurst and had at least two children.
- Anne Stith married Robert Bolling (whose first wife, Jane Rolfe, was the granddaughter of Pocahontas) in 1681 and had at least seven children.
- Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, ed. (1915). "Burgesses and Other Prominent Persons". Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. II. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. pp. 330–331. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
- 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.
- "Questions and Answers". Notes and Queries. Manchester, New Hampshire: S. C. & L. M Gould. VI (2): 244–245. February 1989. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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