About Judith Mosby (Parsons)
Major John's wife, Jane, was first documented as "Ja. Gregory" with her husband Thomas Gregory, by Firdinando Austin in 25 Feb 1653, when he claimed headrights for paying their transportation. This entitled Mr. Austin to 50 acres for each such person. The date of claiming headrights might be years after the people actually arrived. At any rate, Thomas Gregory soon died (1655), leaving Jane with a son, Thomas Gregory Jr., and Jane soon became the (second?) wife of Joseph Parsons. Parsons also died shortly after (1656) and Jane married John Stith around 1656. This union lasted until his death in about 1694. There are several books of court records of the 1650's mentioning John Stith. One has to do with Judith Parsons, Joseph Parson's daughter by a previous wife.
In May, 1677, John Stith was one of the persons commissioned to take depositions in regard to the grievances of the people of Charles City County (Cal. St. Pap. Colonial, 1677-1680), Nos. 267-297). In 1680 he was major of the Charles City County militia, one of the magistrates of the county, and a practicing lawyer. and, 1685-1686, he represented his county in the House of Burgesses (Va. Magazine, I., 226-252; XV., 322). Under date of 10th Nov., 1893, Mr. R. A. Brock writes: "I have gleanings from the despoiled Charles City County records establishing that Lieut. John Stith married, in the latter part of 1656, Jane, the widow of Joseph Parsons (his, parsons', second wife, since he had an infant child by a former marriage). Jane's was also a second marriage, her first husband having been Thomas Gregory. In 1663, John Stith was made the guardian of Judith Parsons, the orphan of Joseph Parsons, vice Edward Mosby deceased." Mrs. Jane Stith was living in 1686, and it is probable that John and Jane Stith had a daughter who married Thomas Hardaway, since there is a patent in 1686 to John Stith endorsed by John and Jane Stith to Thomas Hardaway, and the name Stith Hardaway descended regularly in the family.