Stockton Heth appears in the New River Valley immediately after the end of the Civil War, marrying Isabella Hammit, daughter of George Hammit and Clementina V. Craig. Heth's parents were well to do landowners in the Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield area of Virginia. The Heths were well connected to the Virginia plantation aristocracy.  stockton's father, John Heth came to Richmond with his parents, Henry Heth and Mary Hare/Hair, from Allegheny County PA. John settled in adjacent Chesterfield County, where he ran a coal mining operation. John died in 1842, and his wife Mary died by 1850, leaving a large number of orphaned children. The children appear to have been raised by kinsman. Stockton, and his sister Mary were raised by Richard Cunnihngham, and appear in his household in both the 1850 and 1860 Census.