After so huge help of our forum best friend Norbert, and after more than 100 years you have the chance to fully uncover the family origin of your John/Joseph Gubala, Polish etymological and statistical records confirm:
GUBALA (fully spelled in Polish as Gubal~a, Gubała) is cognominal in origin, belonging in that group of surnames derived from old Polish language and word "gubic", "gubac", "gub", "geba", the first family name "Gub" is noted in Poland from the year 1635, "Gubrzyc" from the year 1237.
In this very old Polish village Mszanka, noted from the 14th century - as errected in 1364 by Polish king Kazimierz III Wielki - is still living in 2012 Poland families surnamed Gubal~a:
1. Julia Gubal~a and family Gubala, Mszanka, Poland
2. Elzbieta Gubal~a and family Gubala, Mszanka, Poland
Family ancestral Church and Parish
In the 19th century and earlier it was Moszczenica, here is the confirmation with Polish historical sources - Slownik Geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego - The Geographical Directory of the Kingdom of Poland, edited 1880-1902:
The Moszczenica connection to the USA - some memories
You can read some base info about, you can preserve from my open webgallery and my webpage www.Narodowa.pl the images of the family ancestral church, cemetery, and local chapel that is looking on the present and past Polish family local fields:
Good luck in your invaluable family roots and heritage search,
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