Earl, I am new at this but I must agree with you that there is a lot of conflicting information being passed around.It all has my head spinning!
I have heard all my life that 3 brothers came to Virginia from England around 1600. However, I am unable to find any proof.
The only proof I have been able to find is a land grant to a James Vernit dated October 19, 1636 for bring 20 men to the Virginia colony.On this grant, the names of the 20 men are listed and William Whitehurst is one of them.This document is in the State Library of Virginia archives. I can also find land grants to William Whitehurst for transporting people to the colony.
My problem now is finding out where this William Whitehurst came from. I have searched the available ship registry during the years around 1636 and find no record of any Whitehurst.