My Whitehurst work has so far been limited to Staffordshire, England and there is so much original documentary evidence about the Whitehursts in Staffordshire before 1700 (some of which goes back before the 1300's) that it will take years to fully understand it all..
My wife is descended from the "main" Whitehurst line in Staffordshire, these being the Whitehursts who owned the Whitehurst estates in the 1600's, (the location near Dilhorne from where the surname originates).
My aunt is also descended from this line.
I may have connections myself to the Trentham, Whitehursts although this is far from proven.
I have not turned my attention to the US Whitehursts.
Several people during the last couple of years have contacted me with information about the US line.
The most common view that has been put to me is that the "main" US line originates from Virginia, who in turn came from Trentham, Staffordshire.
This has always seemed to be a "someone told me this" statement rather than anyone having a copy of a document to show this.
I have been advised that the first Whitehurst in Virginia was
Richard or some say
William or some say
Richard William or some say
I have been related the story that the Virginia Whitehurst were "high born" before. This supports a connection to the Dilhorne, Stafforshire line as in earlier centuries (at a stretch) they might be described as landed gentry.
I have also heard a theory that the Virginia line may be Quakers who were deported.
Up to now I have not done any work on building a connection between Staffordshire and Virginia.
Hopefully this post will stimulate a good debate and we can start to see some original sources quoted as to where the connection exists (if anywhere).
I am well placed to check if the persons we think emigrated to Virginia in the early 1600's in fact appear in the burial records of Staffordshire.
One thing we must bear in mind is that whilst we are lucky that the church records of the main Whitehurst "hot beds" go back to the 1500's, many Staffordshire parish registers (where smaller Whitehurst concentrationsexisted no longer exist as far back as the early 1600's.