Jane Gregory / Parson / Stith (Mosby) (1624 - 1686) MP

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Nicknames: "Jane", "Gregory", "Parsons"
Birthplace: Prince William County, Virginia Colony
Death: Died in Westover Parish, Charles City County, Virginia Colony
Managed by: Heather Billig
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About Jane Gregory / Parson / Stith (Mosby)

Jane Mosby was born June 2, 1624 in Prince William County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Edward Mosby and his wife Hannah. She married (1) Thomas Gregory, no children; (2) Joseph Parsons, a daughter born after Joseph's death; and (3) John Drury Stith, four children. She died in Westover Parish, Charles City County, Virginia.

Jane was twice widowed when she married John Drury Stith in 1656. Her first husband was Thomas Gregory. Thomas Gregory died in 1655. They had no children. Thomas Gregory was first documented with his wife "Ja. Gregory," by Firdinando Austin in February 25,1653. Mr. Austin claimed headrights for paying their transportation, entitling him to 50 acres for each such person. The date of claiming headrights might be years after the people actually arrived. As Jane was married in Virginia, and not transported to the colony as a married woman, it would appear that Thomas Gregory was a widower when he married Jane. There are claims that there was a Gregory son, Thomas, Jr. That son could have been from a first marriage.

Jane then married Joseph Parsons, a widower with a small daughter, Judith Parsons. Joseph died soon after the marriage, and Jane was a widow pregnant with Joseph’s child.

Jane married John Drury Stith while pregnant. When the child was born she was given the name of Agnes Jane Stith. Although she was in fact a Parsons by blood, she was raised as one of John’s children, and shared in the estate and his will with his other children.

The descendants of John and Jane (Mosby) Stith were very prominent not only in Virginia, but in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky. One of the most prominent branches settling in North Carolina were the decendants of Dr. Buckner Stith, who settled in Rockingham County in 1820. He married Lucinda Blackwell, daughter of Capt. Thomas Blackwell, who was for many years a member of the Senate.

Although no birth record has been found, it is sometimes stated that John and Jane Stith had a daughter, Jane, who married Thomas Hardaway, since a deed (patent) is recorded in 1686 which transfers land from John and Jane Stith to Thomas Hardaway. Also the name “Stith Hardaway” was used by the decendants of the Hardaway family. In truth, the Jane Stith who married Thomas Hardaway was their granddaughter, child of Drury Stith and wife Susannah Batthurst.

Child of Jane Mosby and Joseph Parsons:

  • Agnes Jane Stith, born after her father's death and adopted by step-father John Drury Stith; married Capt. Thomas Wynn

Children of Jane Mosby and John Drury Stith:

  • John Stith, married Mary Isham Randolph
  • Ann Stith, married Robert Thomas Bolling
  • Jane Stith, married Daniel Llewellyn, Jr.
  • Drury Stith, married Susanna Bathhurst
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Jane Gregory / Parson / Stith's Timeline

1624
June 2, 1624
Prince William County, Virginia Colony
1645
1645
Age 20
Prince George, Virginia
1651
1651
Age 26
1655
1655
Age 30
1656
December 1656
Age 32
Charles City County, Virginia
1657
1657
Age 32
Charles City, Virginia
1658
1658
Age 33
Charles City, Virginia
1659
1659
Age 34
Charles City County, Virginia
1660
January 25, 1660
Age 35
Charles City, Charles City, Virginia
1665
1665
Age 40
Charles City, Virginia