According to an old story in one of my family branches.....I find it strange. I have not found any Valentines in Ulster "owning a bleaching green". And I would think that if these 2 boys were kidnapped wouldn't there have been something about it there? The following story was told to his children by him I guess. "Bamabas Valentine Bamabas Valentine was born in Ireland May 11, 1757. His father owned a bleaching green, and he worked until 14 years of age helping to care for the green and weave linen and bleach it. One of the things he had to do was to keep the spools for the flax, and these he got from an island close to home. He would take a small punt and go to the island and get elders for the spools. His home was close to the water and he was used to going alone sometimes and at other times he would get a neighbor boy to go with him. One morning he and another boy 12 years old went out to the island, and while they were there working a boat came along , haled them and asked to go out to see their ship. As they had never been near a large vessel they were willing to go as they had enough material for the day already gathered. Their new friends were very kind and took them on board and showed them all the sights. Then the boys wanted to go home, and were dismayed to find they were out of sight of land, and were told they were prisoners, and most of the crew were sick and some were dead so they had kidnapped them. Barnabas was a healthy and strong boy, and took hold and worked his very best, but the other boy, only twelve years of age, and small and delicate could not stand the hard work, and hard fair, and he grieved for home, and the boatmen were so mean beating him for any little thing, they finally killed him. Before he landed in America, and when the boat came into port (I think Boston) Barnabas Valentine jumped overboard, swam to the shore and hid until the boat left port. Then he looked for a home and found one with a minister with whom he lived until he was 18 years of age. Then he joined the army and 9 years later he married and owned a farm near Philadelphia the farm is now the present sight of The Bryn Mawr College. Bamabas and his wife Jane were the parents of 10 children."