and It's Beloved Sons Who Served in this Honored Regiment,
Known also as "Johnson's Cavalry"
*Covering the modern counties of Colbert, Franklin,
Lauderdale and Surrounding Area.
First recruited by Col. Phillip Dale Roddey, "Roddey's Cavalry" later
became under the immediate command of Col. William A. Johnson, following
Roddey's promotion to General. This quick riding unit, operating in close
association with Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, was assigned many semi-independent
missions and was known for it's "disappearing habits" after hitting the
"If I ordered him to
go to Washington and take his regiment...
Hell could not stop him."---Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest (commenting on
Col. Johnson's command)
Honoring those that defended native State, home and family from the
northern invading horde.
"The United States has the right, and...the ...power, to penetrate
to every part of the national domain... We will remove and destroy every
obstacle--if need be, take every life, every acre of land, every particle
of property, everything that to us seems proper;...we will not cease until
the end is attained... If the people of the South oppose, they do so at
---Gen. W.T. Sherman
"...Governments are instituted among
Men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed,--That whenever
any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the
People to alter or to abolish it, and institute new Government..."
If your family surname is James and your interested in learning the
origins of your immigrant James ancestor, please contact me or visit my James
family history website. Using DNA we have traced many lineages back to Wales
that have Celtic origin.
Any male that inherited the surname James by birth carries the Y-chromosome
that can be correlated to other male James surnamed family members. Like the
surname, the Y-chromosome is passed from the father to the son. It is now
possible to reconstruct a family association where the paper trail does not
exist. This is also the case for other surnames as well. (I have been successful
in tracing the origins of both my Williams and James families in this manner.).
The more people that participate in this project, the more lines we will be able
to connect. A kit is sent to the participant and only a simple mouth swab is
needed. Note: There is a laboratory fee but it will probably be the best
investment one make to unravel the family history. It is my conjecture
that many, if not all, of the Franklin County, Alabama James families are
related. Even if you don't see a connection, to mine there are dozens of James
lines already participating. Unfortunately few in the Georgia/
Alabama/Mississippi region have done so. Please see my most recent sketch
Click on the CSA belt buckle to see the South secede.