March 22, 1836, Cape May, New Jersey.
January 9, 1921, Cape May, New Jersey.
Cold Spring Presbyterian Church, Cape May, New Jersey.
Edgar was the son of Page Stites and Eliza Eldredge, husband of Sarah Elizabeth Edmunds, and cousin of hymnist Eliza Hewitt.
After serving in the American civil war at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stites became a riverboat pilot on the Delaware River.
He belonged to the First Methodist Church in Cape May, New Jersey, for 60 years, and often attended the annual Methodist Assembly at Ocean Grove, New Jersey.
For a while he was a home missionary in the Dakota Territory.