DR. JOHN STITES

 

1595 - 1717. He died at the age of 122 years; He was born in London, England. In the library at Springfield, New Jersey we read, "DR. JOHN STITES came to America, having placed a higher value on the liberty of thought and speech than on the comforts of home and native climate. He came on the 'Ship James' from London, arrived at Salem, Mass. on October 10th, 1633, age 38 years. Family tradition says of him he had an iron constitution and great powers of physical endurance.

When nearly 100 years old he walked 40 miles in one day to visit relatives He evidently returned to England for his son Richard was born there in 1640 and Dr. John was a surgeon in Col. John Hampton's regiment in the revolution of 1640 and was said to have been one of the physicians designated to certify to the death of Charles I. He was excepted from the amnesty, proclamation of Charles II and had to flea for his life to Holland. Dr. John came from Holland to, America in 1658, as a physician to a bond of colonists and located at Hempstead, Long Island.

RICHARD STITES - Born in England in 1640. Died in Hempstead, Long Island in 1702, Had three sons William, Henry and Benjamin. William went to Springfield, New Jersey. Benjamin and Henry loved the sea and went to Cape May Jersey.

WILLIAM STITES - Born in Hempstead in 1676. Died in Springfield, N.J. in 1727. He is buried in the Revolutionary Burial Ground in Springfield, N.J. near the Presbyterian Church made famous in the Revolutionary War by the statement "Give'em Watts, boys" when they made gun wade of the hymnals. William's children were John, Hezekiah, Richard, Rebecca, William, Elizabeth and Benjamin. From records in the Congressional Library at Washington, D.C. we learn that "he came to Springfield, New Jersey, boro of Elizabeth and purchased 700 acre of land, south- side of road and west of the Rahway River. He built a log house and was one of three first families - pioneer settlers. He was Primogenitor of the Stites family in East new Jersey and is the grandfather to Major Benjamin Stites who went to Cincinnati.

BENJAMIN STITES (7th son of William) married Betsy Wilcox. Their children Henry, who died at Redstone, Pa. on the way to Cinninmati, Ohio. Benjamin Jr., who married and went to Cincinnati, Ohio also. Elijah, who went to Cincinnati Ohio Isaac who married Mary Foster of Lyons Derms.

MAJOR BENJAMIN STITES Born at Scotch Plains, N.J. in 1734 died August 30, 1804 at Cincinnati, 0hio in 1786 he was a resident of Redstone, Pa. He left home to barter his goods down the Ohio River. But like a true frontiersman of his day he was ready to leave important employment at any moment to turn new circumstances to good account. Not far from Maysville heard of horses being stolen by the Indiana. Stites joins in the search and sees the country, 60 miles up the Little Miami River. He hurried back to New York where Congress met, telling them of the new territory.

Stites and Denman of Springfield and Symnes of Trenton N.J. immediately returned to Ohio. Symnes purchased 1 million acres of land at $ 0.66 an acre and gave 20,000 acres to Stites. He then returned to Redstone Pa. for his family and friends and landed at Cincinnati, November 18, 1788. The wife of Benjamin Stites was the first white woman to land in Cincinnati. Major Stites was a Revolutionary soldier and it was he who persuaded Symnes to purchase the land between the two Miami Rivers. He is buried in an old cemetery located near the spot where the boat load landed at Columbia, Ohio. On Major Stites tombstone is noted, "Major Benjamin Stites is entitled to the credit of being the originator of the settlement of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.