Marcia,As we know our Starbuck ancestors were Quakers and as such strong abolishionists, could they have been involved in the "underground railroad"? I know they maintained strong ties with Guilford County as I have letters even during the Civil War. Here is history in the making:Salem, North Carolina,November 29, 1861.
Dear Brother Benjamin, (my gGrandfather) As I am informed that there is an opportunity to get letters through from the South by way of a flag of truce between Fort Monroe and Norfolk, I embrace it with a hope that you will avail yourself of it immediately on the receipt of this to let us know how you are getting along in this unfortunate condition of the country. Ellen and the children are well............ Your affectionate brother, D. H. Starbuck.
That letter went on for a full typewritten page and I have other letters. One from Boxley Indiana, 1863.I have a love letter from Dover, Guilford County, 12th mo, 4th 1868 from Lewis Starbuck to Mary E. Blair(Lewis Starbuck and Mary Elizabeth Blair were married October 7 1869, ten months later.He was Grandfather Benjamin's brother.) I think there was a lot more going on between the North and South than our history books tell us.