For those who are interested in these Whitehursts, I found a reference in a letter dated September 11, 1853. It was written by Jeremiah Wilcox from Elizabeth City, NC to his brother James C. Wilcox who lived in Louisiana:
"Lester Whitehurst & his wife Lydia are both living. They have two grown children, one of them married. Fred Whitehurst was in here 3 years ago. He lives in Texas. Geo. W. Scott was in here some 10 or 12 yrs. since. He lived in Texas, but is now dead. Ammon Scott is dead too & so is Ann Sawyer but old Spence is alive & appears to be about as hard as a lightwood knot. Old Fred Whitehurst, Miles Whitehurst & Elliott Whitehurst & Sally Whitehurst are all dead. Mac, Smithson & Sophia are in Tennessee. I am told they are as poor as Job’s turkey with a house full of children. Old Billy Smithson is still alive."