Greg Smith, KX0S, Amateur Radio Operator, Audiophile, Soldier, and Teacher
Ancestors 1

    The migration of the people that came to be known as Americans has always fascinated me. I am an avid reader of history, especially American history and military history. These next few pages are dedicated to those those that came before me.  I believe that too many do not know of the people and events that resulted in their own lives being as they are. Questions such as "Why was I born here and not there?", can only be answered by learning about the family that existed in the past. It's important to remember, that without them, we would not be who we are.
I must give credit to my older sister Judi. Without her assistance, I could not have created these pages. She has done all the real work in gathering this information. I only did the web stuff. 

    The family story starts, like so many others in our country, in Europe. From Northern Ireland, Scotland, Northern England, Germany, and a few others thrown in to add some spice to the mixture, they packed up their belongings and crossed the ocean. They came to Virgina, Pennsylvania, and other colonies along the Atlantic coast. Like many others they migrated south and east. Rolling through the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, and then to eastern Alabama. That's where I pick up the story, in a small Alabama county separated from Georgia by the Chattahoochee River. Chambers County, according to what I've read, was a thriving area until it was invaded and devastated during the War for Southern Independence. It became a cotton mill county like many others did during and after reconstruction. The mills helped provide desperately needed jobs to the area. . Still, the area remained economically depressed, and it still is today.  Twenty percent of the population is below the national poverty level.  It was however, for a brief period before and after WW2, a much more vibrant place than it is now. It is around that time that many of these pictures were made. There is a website dedicated to one of the small towns, Riverview. The URL is Some of my deceased family are pictured there. The site is run by a distant cousin of mine.

Link to Riverview, Ala

The flag of Scotland.

The Beginnings:

The Scots-Irish migration
A famous Scot-Irish.
President Jackson
G-G-grandfather, Wiley P. Mangham

My father's parents. Circa 1920-25

My grandfather & grandmother circled in red.

See a book that has some of my ancestors in it:

The Ulster Plantation
Scots going to Ireland.


Scots-Irish cabin in America.
They would fight to protect their new land.
No finer army ever existed.

GG grandfather and GG grandmother.
He served in the Alabama infantry in the Civil War.

1906. Family, Chambers Co., Alabama
Below, two G-grandmothers
Annie Mangham Scott
Nancy Bradfield Brown
The flag of Alabama.