Captain Albion Bomboy Jameson, civil service, Washington, D. C., was born in Schuylkill County, Penn., August 23, 1836, in the family of nine children born to Judith and Daniel JAMISON, [footnote: As spelled by Capt. Jameson’s father; correct spelling, however, is Jameson.] eight of whom are living, four sons having given their services to the cause of the Union during the war of the Rebellion. The father removed with his family to Columbia County in 1839 and established the hotel known as “The Halfway House,” between Bloomsburg and Berwick on the Susquehanna. This hotel was but short lived, however, to Mr. JAMISON, for, having connected himself with the Methodist Church in 1842, he abandoned the business. Our subject attended the public schools until he was sixteen years of age, and then left his home to battle for himself with the realities of life. Later he secured about two years’ schooling at Dickinson Seminary and the academy at New Columbus; then taught a district school one year. April 21, 1862, Mr. JAMESON enlisted in Company A, Sixth Pennsylvania Reserves; was commissioned first lieutenant September 21, 1862, and breveted captain United States Volunteers at the battle of the Wilderness. At the battle of Antietam he received a contused wound of the knee joint, on account of which disability he was appointed acting quartermaster of the regiment, in which capacity he served during the last year of his service. After serving the full term of his enlistment (three years), Capt. JAMESON left the army a cripple, and had, therefore, to accept a position in the civil service. He also commenced the study of medicine, in which he graduated from the University of Georgetown, D. C., Medical Department, March 5, 1867. Capt. JAMESON takes pride in the fact that he has assisted in the adjustment of the accounts of the interest on the public debt; redemption of Government securities; funding and refunding of national loans caused by the war of the Rebellion, involving millions on millions in amounts passed upon, requiring fidelity too the Government and honesty and care in the settlements; and it can be truly said of him, without adulation, that he has always held the confidence of those under whom and with whom he has served in any capacity. Reared in the Calvinistic faith by consistent orthodox parents, our subject has had engrafted on him Christianizing influences. In mature years, however, not being able to subscribe too the iron-bound creeds and dogmas as advanced by Calvin, he sought what he considered the more liberal, larger and broader faith, and became united with the Unitarian Church.
Albion B. Jameson was born at Port Carbon, Schuylkill County in 1836 and moved at about age three with the family to Centreville (later Lime Ridge), Columbia County. There he “grew up on a farm” and doubtless helped at the family farm and the family inn, “Temperance House.” He attended local public schools; later he had two years of additional schooling at Dickinson Seminary in Carlisle and at the New Columbus Academy in Luzerne County. He then taught at a district school (location unknown) for one year. At age 24 he was 5′ 7″ tall, with dark complexion, hazel eyes, and black hair.
When the Civil War began he was among the first volunteers to leave Columbia County for military service, enlisting for three years with the Iron Guards. He was immediately elected by his fellow soldiers to Corporal and then Sergeant rank, and before long was promoted to Lieutenant. He spent much of the war in various hospitals recuperating first from a malarial infection and then from a knee injury at the Battle of Antietam which left him partially disabled for life. He hobbled on marches during the Battle of the Wilderness and for “gallant and meritorious services” was promoted on the battlefield to brevet Captain. In 1864, at the end of his 3-year enlistment, he re-enlisted by Special Order of the War Department in Company F, War Department Rifles under the command of the Army Provost Marshall, and this desk job in Washington led to his civilian employment after the War.
While Albion was serving as a clerk in the War Department in Washington, he was invited to room with a young man from his home county, A. J. Hendershott (son of Joseph Hendershot of Bloomsburg, PA), and the two were roommates for three years, 1864-1867. In a deposition supporting Albion’s pension application, Hendershot testified that during the winter of 1864-1865 Albion was so ill with malarial fever that “it was thought he would not recover, and his friends [i.e., his family] were sent for.” A. J. provided considerable TLC for his sick roommate—and the friendship resulted in a lifelong connection when Albion wooed and won A.J.’s older sister for his bride.
After completing his enlistment, due to his partial disability he accepted a post in the federal civil service, working in the First Auditor’s Office of the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. The biennial Federal Register shows that he rose through the ranks of auditors to become eventually one of four chiefs of division in the Auditor’s office. He assisted in managing the accounting of the huge federal war debt, redemption of government bonds, etc. In managing “millions on millions” of dollars he “always held the confidence of those under whom and with whom he … served.” His salary rose from $1200 in 1868 to $2000 by 1901, and he was able to live a comfortable middle-class life, raise a family, and help the family of his brother Benjamin, whose health had been ruined by his war service.
After the War Albion studied medicine in order, he wrote in a pension document, “to better care for and treat my maladies.” He graduated from the medical course at the University of Georgetown on 5 March 1867. Although he was thereafter addressed as “Doctor,” he apparently never took up an active medical career.
Shortly after completing his medical course, on 18 June 1867 Dr. A. B. Jameson of Washington married Lavilla Hendershot at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bloomsburg, PA. She was the sister of his roommate and the daughter of well-to-do Bloomsburg coal merchant Joseph Hendershot and his wife Melvina. Lavilla and Albion had three children, one of whom died young: May, born 21 Sep. 1872; Jay Paul, born 3 Nov. 1883; and Albion H., born 4 Aug. 1882 and died 1 Feb. 1883.
Albion and his family resided at various homes in fashionable northwest Washington: 1414 Park St.. Mt Pleasant; 3223 School St. NW; 3223 Hiatt Place, NW. As late as 1912, however, he maintained his “legal residence” at Bloomsburg, PA, presumably so as to be eligible for pension service through his Pennsylvania Reserves enlistment.
According to his GAR “Personal War Sketch,” Dr. Jameson was reared in the Calvinistic (Presbyterian) and then Methodist faith by his pious parents. In later life, however, “not being able to subscribe to the iron-bound creeds and dogmas as advanced by Calvin, he sought what he considered the more liberal, larger and broader faith, and became united with the Unitarian Church.” He was an influential member of the GAR post in Washington, but was also remembered and honored by his fellow Iron Guard veterans in Columbia County.
Albion B. Jameson died at Washington on 29 May 1920 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. His widow Lavilla died soon after and was buried beside him at Arlington.1
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