Posted by: unclesamshistory | February 4, 2012

Moving West

Moving West
It was 1769 when Reverend John Corbly loaded his family on horses and headed to Western Pennsylvania. That’s not so astounding, you say, many frontiersmen headed to the newly opened land. The Treaty of Fort Stanwix in 1768 between the Iroquois and the Colonies paved the way. Of course the fact that all this land was not Iroquois land didn’t seem to matter to either party.
John Corbly, a lay preacher in Virginia, had lost his wife in 1766 during child birth. Can you imagine the determination and faith it took to pack up four children and head to an unknown, uncivilized part of the world? Indian raids were commonplace, there was little commerce as everything had to be brought over the mountains by pack train. Pittsburgh was the closest large town and the residents there distrusted these wild frontiersmen. Tensions ran high between the two factions.
But my point is, what faith and determination it took for Corbly to pack up four children, ages 12, 10, 8 and 2 years, and head out to the unknown. Today with moving vans, automobiles, trucks and trains we think a move across town is an earth moving experience. The stamina of our frontier fathers will always astound me.

More on the life of John Corbly may be found in the book Frontier Preacher. It is available in paper back, on Kindle and now as an audio book narrated by Ron Babcock. Check for complete details.



  1. This is a pretty neat blog, Sam. I read several posts with interest but found this one most interesting due to reading your book Frontier Preacher.

  2. It would be helpful if you could make the links “live” so people can click and go right to the place you are referring. This is pretty easy to do. Have one of the kids show you.

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