I hope some of this will prove useful to you and others.  Sara Deatherage sara.d@townsqr.com
   (Sarah is especially interested in more information on the Cowell line.)

John 1, Drury 2, Drury 2, Richard 3, Richard 4, William 5.

William Stith has been shown with the middle initial of T and B and W. One
researcher said the B was for Banks, and his daughter Mary B. was Mary Banks
Stith. My aunt said she had heard at one time that her grandmother Mary's
middle name was something like Brofferd [Aunt Dorothy was very young at the

William b. 21 April 1812 in Kentucky d. 17 Jul 1880, unknown place, but
probably Scotland county Mo.
+ 1) 13 Nov 1834 Meade Co KY Hannah Hayden b. - d. -
+ 2) 1 Jan 1843 Breckinridge KY Elizabeth Ann King b 13 Mar 1822 place
unk. d. 5 June 1897 bur Musselfork, , Missouri. Elizabeth was the daughter
of William Fletcher King and Catharine Jordan

Children of 1st marriage:
Junius B. b ca 1836 Kentucky
James b. ca 1838 Kentucky
Martha b. ca 1841 Kentucky

Children of 2nd marriage:
Lucy L. or C. b. 6 Feb 1844 Big Springs, , Ky
+ 24 Dec 1865 Linn Co Mo John Weaver

Saloma E. b. 28 Sep 1845 Big Springs, , Ky d. ca 1857

Jeffrey Taylor b 23 Dec 1848 Big Springs, , Ky fl. Atlanta, , Mo.
+ Mary Bell Cumins

William King b. 6 Jul 1851 Big Springs, , Ky bur. Cash Cem. Linn county Mo.
died of Bright's disease.
+ Clara Green

Mary B. b. 24 Nov 1853 Big Springs, Meade, Ky d. 12 Aug 1938 Marceline,
Linn, Mo. buried Elmwood Cem Marceline, Linn, Mo.
+ 2 Jun 1870 Bucklin, Linn, Mo. John J. Cowell

Richard T. "Dick" b. 19 Aug 1856 Brunswick, Chariton, Mo. fl. Hardin, Ray,
Mo. May have been a Methodist minister.
+ Maggie Grove

Frances P. "Fannie" b. 30 Apr 1859 Tecumseh [now Topeka] Kansas. fl Glendale
+ Clark Griffeth

Elizabeth Stith b. 11 Apr 1862 Scotland Co, Mo. d. - Salisbury, Chariton,
Mo. also lived in Hardin Mo
+ John Chrane
may have married a 2nd, after her children were raised, unk Adams

Jesse J. b. 23 Dec 1864 d. infancy

I am descended from Mary B. Stith and John J. Cowell, i.e.,
John 1, Drury 2, Drury 3, Richard 4, Richard 4, William 5, Mary Stith Cowell
6, Leora Cowell Wylie 7, Grace Wylie Harrity 8, Sara Harrity Deatherage 9.
There are two generations after me, too.

As to the William Stith family move to Tecumseh, Kansas: Congress opened up
Kansas and Nebraska to homesteaders in 1854. Prior to that it had been
Indian territory, and a part of the Louisiana Purchase. Fannie Stith was
born in April of 1859 and from June 1859 until November 1860 not a single
drop of rain fell. The settlers had to face the prospect of prairie fires.
You will note that their next child was born in 1862 in Scotland county MO.
It is possible they were also caught up in the border wars between slavers
and non-slavers.

Source of the following is: MISSOURI MISCELLANEOUS, various volumes. Sorry
I didn't get publisher and author - this was in my early days of researching
and didn't know I should do that. S.D.

Vol VII 56-102
Rosa Kavanaugh Cherry, daughter of GENERAL STITH, obit from 1869 "St. Louis
Christian Advocate"

Newton Co. Marriage Book B 1876-1879, page 346,

Laclede County Marriages 1870-1881 & 1849-1854

Confederate Soldiers' Home of Missouri at Higginsville, Register of Deaths
1 Jan 1913 - 1 Dec 1918

G.H. STITH, age 73 [b. ca 1840] d. 8 Dec 1915. County, Lafayette, Command,
Co. C. 2nd Kentucky Cavalry.

Inmates remaining in above home:
ELIZABETH STITH. Date of admittance 7 Oct 1915. Age at admittance, 71.
County, Lafayette. Command widow.
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Source: Livingston Co, Mo. Marriage Records, Book 2, 1863- 1880

I hope some of this will prove useful to you and others. Very best regards,
and thanks again, Sara Deatherage