Robert Valentine (1717-1786) was a Pennsylvania Quaker minister who was born in
Ballybrumhill, Ireland. His parents came to Pennsylvania in the late 1720s or early 1730s,
settling in Chester and then Delaware Counties. In 1747, Robert Valentine married Rachel
Edge (1725-1779); the Valentines had ten children who married into the Sharpless, Malin,
Massey, and Ashbridge families. In 1764, the Concord Monthly Meeting recommended him for
ministry. He was a well-known public figure who maintained contacts with many leading
Quakers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ireland, and England. As a "public Friend,"
he traveled extensively, and from 1781 to 1784 journeyed to England and Ireland. He died in
East Caln, Pennsylvania in 1786.
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