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Meeting at 2013 Corbly reunion

The Corbly association was formed to honor the contributions of Reverend John Corbly, a prominent early settler of western Pennsylvania.  Reverend Corbly served in the militia during the Revolutionary War and started over 30 Baptist churches in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia (now West Virginia).   In a tragic event, his 2nd wife and 3 children were massacred by Indians as they travelled from their home to a church service in Garards Fort.  Two other daughters were scalped but lived through their ordeal.

Reverend Corbly was married three times and had 17 children.  A reunion of his descendents was initiated in 1932 and continues to the present day.   The event is always held the last Sunday in June at the John Corbly Memorial Baptist church in Garards Fort, PA.  It is open to all Corbly descendents as well as those interested in the early history of western Pennsylvania.

For more information about the association and reunion, contact:

David Fordyce, President
115 Osage St,
Elkton, MD 21921-5214
443-945-3506 – mobile

Robert Rice, oldest descendant at 2013 reunion,  receiving Corbly plate

Robert Rice, oldest descendant at 2013 reunion, receiving Corbly plate

The organization has no membership fees.  However, donations are encouraged to keep the annual reunion viable and address historical preservation projects.
Contributions should be directed to: Rev. John Corbly Descendants Association and sent to the treasurer:

William M Miller
1308 Garards Fort Rd.
Waynesburg, PA 15370
(724) 627-7129

Suggested websites for additional information include:

Corbly family massacre:

Local genealogy and history:

Western Pennsylvania history:   and

Recent books about Reverend Corbly: