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by Steven W. Morrison
Family traditions can create powerful imagery of a family long dead. The family becomes as full of life as any living
relatives. Such is the effect of the Starr family of Pennsylvania on many of its distant descendants. There is ample evidence that five Starr brothers sailed to the Delaware River Valley before 1718 as Quakers from Ireland. However, locating historical records in post-Cromwellian Ireland is challenging at best. It is only by using Quaker records – the best church records in Ireland – that this family’s origins, travels within Ireland, and their migration to the American colonies can beconfirmed.