Email me your direct email and we can share info. Anyhow, I don't think that we are directly related, but we are at some point. I am interested in finding out about the public land marked as "Whitehurst Tract" on Back Bay's Fish and Wildlife maps. I want to find out when then was a split in the Whitehurst farming trade and when some became watermen. Also, a group or one started a Whitehurst clan in North Carolina. I am interested in the similarities of the various Whitehursts. I found in a book that Whitehurst was a Surname for famous duck hunting guides in Back Bay.
I want to write a book and anything you have is worth the knowledge. And, I will give you any information that I have. There is a book on the Whitehurst family that was written by a lady in Cartaret NC. Many things are incorrect in it. A land patent was misread, William Richard Whitehurst could not have died on Nov. 22, 1651. The land patent was "decided" or literally written dec'd, not deceased.
It is stated that some Whitehurst's were Quakers, I found the documented brothers Richard and William (2nd gen). The book states that no Whitehurst served in the Colonial War as being held in their Quaker beliefs. This is untrue. Two Whitehursts are documented, there may be more undocumented. I do not believe that the Quaker "titles" of Richard and William truly mean that they were in fact the Quakers in the true sense of the word. I do, however, believe them to be religious rebels or dissenters. Every male member in my family has been somewhat of a rebel or free spirit. There are documented court abstracts where Whitehursts are fined in tobacco for not having their children baptized. Rightly so, they were deemed Quakers not King loving Anglicans. Later most became part of a the Anglican church or now Episcopal church of Lynnhaven Parish.
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