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Rev. John Joachim Zubly
Posted by: Charles Andrews (ID *****0031) Date: December 19, 2004 at 20:03:59
In Reply to: Looking for early church information by Becky Stewart of 1560

What time frame are you looking at for this baptism?

Rev. John Joachim Zubly was born in 1724 and died in 1781. He joined his parents in South Carolina after studying for the ministry. The Zubly family settled in Purysburg, South Carolina about 1737. Purysburg was on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River not far from Savannah, Georgia. Later some of the family (his brother David, Jr.) and his in-laws family (Tobler) moved up to New Windsor Township which was in the southern end of what was to become much later, Edgefield District. Zublys and Toblers lived in the Beech Island area across from Augusta, GA.

The expert on the Zubly family is probably Virginia Bowe Strickland, 2805 Hillcrest Avenue, Augusta, GA 30909-3815. Consider trying to contact her. In her excellent book, Five Fortune Tellers of New Windsor, she covers the Zublys as one of the five. John Joachim Zubly, oldest son of David Zubly, Sr., "married Anna Tobler at Ebenezer [GA] in 1746, and lived in Savannah for many years as the first minister of the Independent Presbyterian Church."

In the book, Ms Strickland quotes another Swiss immigrant who was Rev Zublet's father-in-law, John Tobler, who lived in New Windsor Township: "we have neither church nor minister. . . . But ocassionally my son-in-law, the Rev. [Zubly] comes from Wando to us, along with others. He was with us all last March and preached, with much conviction three times each Sunday, and during the week too . . in both English and German languages."

She also says, "Pastoral acts performed by these visiting ministers may appear in the records kept at their own parish churches, as baptisms for New Windsor infants David Ardis, David Conrad Nail, and Sarah Staehle. . . did in the Ebenezer [GA] Record Book for 24 Mar 1775." Ebenezer was just up from Purysburg but on the Georgia side of the river and was the location of a Lutheran Church. Then she adds, "The Rev. John Joachim Zubly also recorded in his Journal pastoral acts performed at New Windsor and other places he traveled." His journal for 1770-1781 has been published: The Journal of the Reverend John Joachim Zubly, A.M., D.D. March 5, 1770-June 22, 1781, Lilla Mills Hawes, editor, Georgia Historical Society Collections, Vol. XXI, Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1989.

The only Wando I know is just above Charleston, on the Wando River.


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