I do not know that John and Jonathan David are brothers--just that they are contemporaries and have connections to some of the same counties in New York. John David, the pensioner, is probably the son of one Daniel David. I believe this Daniel David is most likely a connection of the old Huguenot Davids of NYC who had settled there in the late 17th century.
It seems unlikely there would be a connection between the above and the Edward David usually stated to have married Ann Robertson (and probably others). As you say, the info on Edward David is extremely contradictory and I don't see how the family can be straightened out until more primary research is done in original records. Most show Edward David as born in Ireland, but is there any evidence or even an early "tradition"? Of course, there are Davids in Ireland, but the name is more often Welsh or French.
Sorry I can't help, but I too would be interested in knowing more about Edward David's origins. What are the earliest documentary references to him? Are they in Virginia, Maryland, etc?
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