Descendants of Columbia Ann Madison Jackson
Generation No. 1
1. Columbia Ann Madison4 Jackson (John George3, George2, John1) was born 23 September 1822 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, (West) Virginia, and died 11 April 1901 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia. Burial: Aft. 11 April 1901, Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, West Virginia. She married (1) James A. Duncan 17 March 1840 in Harrison County, (West) Virginia1, son of Edwin Duncan and Prudence Wilson. He was born 1819, and died 24 July 1845. Burial: Aft. 24 July 1845, Historic Jackson Cemetery, Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia. She married (2) Dr. William John Bland 17 February 1858. He was born 10 December 1816 in Kingwood, Virginia, and died 18 February 1897 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, (West) Virginia. Burial: Aft. 18 February 1897, Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, West Virginia.
Obit: Columbia: “This grand old lady was adorned by all the queenly graces of true and noble womanhood. She was beyond question in early life one of the most charmingly beautiful women in the country, highly educated, a fine conversationalist, kind, gentle, and charitable. Her distinguished father’s high position in society afforded her the opportunity to become such a cultured woman.” (Bland, p. 72)
Tetrick Papers: James A. Duncan grave marker in Jackson Cemetery. “Surviving his wife, Columbia and a six month old son, James.”
Child of Columbia Jackson and James Duncan is:
+ 2 i. James Jackson5 Duncan, born 08 January 1845; died 30 May 1928 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia.
Children of Columbia Jackson and Dr. Bland are:
+ 3 i. Meigs5 Bland, born 08 June 1859 in Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia; died Bet. February – March 1934.
+ 4 ii. William Thomas Bland, born 21 January 1861 in Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia; died 15 January 1928 in Orlando, Orange County, Florida.
Generation No. 2
2. James Jackson5 Duncan (Columbia Ann Madison4 Jackson, John George3, George2, John1) was born 08 January 1845, and died 30 May 1928 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia2. He married Maud Lee 19 October 1871 in Harrison County, West Virginia3, daughter of George Lee and Virginia McCauley. She was born 21 June 1851, and died 17 April 1933 in Harrison County, West Virginia4.
Will: James Jackson Duncan Bk13:248; probated 11 June 1928 – one short paragraph, everything left to wife Maude.
Will: Maud Lee Duncan Bk27:44-46; written 10 Nov. 1938; probated 26 April, 1944:
Children listed: Columbia Duncan Altizer, Ernest Allen Duncan, Grace Duncan Britt, George L. Duncan.
Codicil: recorded Bk27:47-50 stated that son George L. Duncan was deceased and his following children were included as devisees: George Lee Duncan Jr. (executor); Elizabeth Rankin Duncan, Maud Lee Jarvis, James Jackson Duncan.
Children of James Duncan and Maud Lee are:
+ 5 i. George Lee6 Duncan, born 30 November 1872 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia; died 05 June 1939 in Harrison County, West Virginia.
+ 6 ii. Columbia “Collie” Duncan, born about 1877; died Aft. 1930.
7 iii. Ernest Allen Duncan, born 04 November 1885 in Harrison County, West Virginia. He was a doctor and lived in El Paso, Texas.
+ 8 iv. Grace Lee Duncan, born 05 January 1890 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia; died 26 July 1977 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia.
3. Meigs5 Bland (Columbia Ann Madison4 Jackson, John George3, George2, John1) was born 08 June 1859 in Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia, and died Bet. February – March 1934. Burial: 1934, Richmond, Virginia. He married Louise “Lutie” Houston Allen 23 June 1886 in pr. Botetourt, Virginia, daughter of John Allen and Elizabeth Houston. She was born 02 August 1861 in Botetourt County, Virginia, and died Aft. 1843 in Richmond, Virginia. Burial: Aft. 1843, Richmond, Virginia. They were first cousins.
Sources: Lineage Book WV Society of Sons of the Revolution, Bulletin #8, 1941, Parkersburg, WV, The School Printing Co. Application of George Jr. 28 Jan, 1921;admitted 22 Feb., 1921.
“Dr. Bland received his MD at U of Louisville; served one term Virginia Assembly; State President WV Medical Association; Supt. Weston State Hospital 1881-1889; Chief Surgeon W. L. Jackson’s CSA Brigade; Elected to first Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Weston.”
Child of Meigs Bland and Louise Allen is:
9 i. Maj. William John6 Bland, born 20 April 1887 in West Virginia; died 12 September 1918 in Battle of St. Mihiel. Baptism: 05 June 1887, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Weston, West Virginia
Burial: Aft. 12 September 1918, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. He married Mary Johnson.
From “Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 27:74”
“Though he was not a resident of Virginia, the state is proud of its interest in such a man as Major Wm. John Bland, 356th Infantry, who was killed in action near St. Mihiel, September 12th. He graduated B. A. and M. A. at Kenyon College. The President of the College wrote, “of all the students I have known during a connection of more than twenty years with Kenyon Collage, Major Bland gave the most certain promise of great things in later life.’ He received a Rhodes Scholarship, distinguished himself at Oxford, and was the only American ever elected president of the Union.
“An American Legion Post in Kansas City, Mo., was named for Major Bland, and a memorial to his memory was erected there. Preceding the dedication of the memorial a Kansas City newspaper began article entitled ‘War Comrades Join in Tribute to Major William J. Bland’, with this sentence: ‘ His remarkable career ended by a shell splinter, September 12, 1918, during the St. Mihiel offensive, Major William J. Bland represented to Kansas City the type of intelligent leader a nation can least afford to lose.’ ”
Other complimentary statement included the following:
“Brilliant Future Seemed Assured” His death blighted a career which might have been one of the most brilliant of any young man ever reared in Kansas City.”
“Major would have meant much to Kansas City. He was of a type most needed here – a brilliant, clean living, high minded young man possessing and executing the best ideals for the political and social welfare of his fellow citizens.”
The dedicatory address was delivered by Major Henry W. Hobson, at the time Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, who had served with Major Bland in the 356th infantry. “The offensive which brought death to Major Bland made Major Hobson the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, awarded for extraordinary heroism in action.” (Bland, p. 78/79)
4. William Thomas5 Bland (Columbia Ann Madison4 Jackson, John George3, George2, John1) was born 21 January 1861 in Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia, and died 15 January 1928 in Orlando, Orange County, Florida. He is buried in Greenwood, Cemetery. He married Bertha McPike 1892. She was from Atchison, Kansas.
“BLAND, William Thomas, (grandson of John George Jackson and cousin of James Monroe Jackson), a Representative from Missouri; born in Weston, Lewis County, Va. (now West Virginia), January 21, 1861; was graduated from the University of West Virginia at Morgantown in 1883 and from the law department of that university in 1884; took a special course in law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1885; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Weston, W.Va.; moved to Atchison, Kans., in 1887; prosecuting attorney of Atchison County, Kans., 1890-1892; mayor of Atchison in 1894; elected judge of the second Kansas district in 1896; reelected in 1900, and served until 1901, when he resigned; entered the wholesale drug business in 1901; moved to Kansas City, Mo., in 1904 and continued in business until 1917 when he engaged in banking; chairman of the Kansas City River and Harbor Improvement Commission 1909-1918; director of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress; vice president of the Mississippi Valley Waterway Association; elected to the Kansas City Board of Education in 1912 for a six-year term and served as vice president and president; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1921); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress, moved to Florida and settled in Orlando in 1921; engaged in banking; served as a member of the Orlando Utilities Commission for three years; died in Orlando, Orange County, Fla., January 15, 1928; interment in Greenwood Cemetery”. (http://politicalgraveyard.com)
Child of William Bland and Bertha McPike is:
+ 10 i. William Thomas 6 Bland, II born 27 November 1894 in Kansas; died 16 November 1990 in Lake Gem, Florida.
Generation No. 3
5. George Lee6 Duncan (James Jackson5, Columbia Ann Madison4 Jackson, John George3, George2, John1) was born 30 November 1872 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, and died 05 June 1939 in Harrison County, West Virginia. Burial: Aft. 05 June 1939, Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, West Virginia. He married Gertrude Smith 27 July 1898, daughter of Ashvel Smith and Mariah Rankin. She was born 15 April 1873, and died 05 May 1953 in Harrison County, West Virginia5. Burial: Aft. 05 May 1953, Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, West Virginia.
Children of George Duncan and Gertrude Smith are:
11 i. George Lee 7 Duncan, Jr. born 17 May 1899 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia; died 13 January 1975 in Harrison County, West Virginia. Burial: Aft. 13 January 1975, Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, West Virginia.
He married Mildred Patten; born about 1897; died 28 December 1986. He was an attorney and President of Merchants National Union Bank. Burial: Aft. 28 December 1986, Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, West Virginia.
12 ii. Elizabeth Rankin Duncan, born 23 July 1903 in Harrison County, West Virginia.
13 iii. Maude Lee Duncan, born 11 May 1913 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia. She married J. M. Jarvis.
14 iv. James Jackson Duncan, born 14 February 1918 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia6.
6. Columbia “Collie”6 Duncan (James Jackson5, Columbia Ann Madison4 Jackson, John George3, George2, John1) was born about 1877, and died Aft. 1930. She married Riner Gaither Altizer 22 June 1904, son of James Riner and Martha Jane. He may have been killed by lightning. He was born 07 November 1877 in Riner, Montgomery County, Virginia, and died 08 June 1924 in Charleston, West Virginia.
“Special Services Next Sunday
Commencing with next Sunday evening, the evening services at St. John’s church will be resumed, and the regular schedule for the winter months will be followed. At this time, too, being the first Sunday in the month, the special musical services, which have become so much a feature of the work of the choir will be introduced for the season. It is also announced that the beautiful Mendelssohn setting of the Fifty-fifth Psalm, “Hear My Prayer”, for soprano solo and chorus is to be presented. The choir sang this number late last spring and has had it in rehearsal for the past few weeks. Mrs. R. G. Altizer will sing the solo part again, and will also assist with the chorus work.” (The Charleston Daily Mail, 29 September 1922.)
Riner G. was vice president of the United Fuel and Gas Co., of Charleston, WV. (Charleston Daily Mail, 29 Oct 1922) and president of the Alumni Association of Roanoke College, 27 Sept 1922.
In 1910 Riner G. Altizer, age 32, born in Virginia was living in 11th ward of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., PA. (T624/1302/part2/page 186A)
In 1930 Columbia, age 52 was a widow and head of the household, living at 905 Edgewood Drive in Charleston, West Virginia. She has a real estate value of 85,000. Living with her were her three sons, Frances G. her daughter in law and grandson Thomas J. and two black servants. (1930 census Charleston, Kanawha Co, WV)
Columbia B. Altizer, Executrix of the Last Will and Testament of R. G. Altizer, deceased – The Charleston Daily Mail, 20 March 1925.
18 Jan 1925 – notation in the Charleston Mail, (not an obit) that lightning killed R. G. Altizer, a prominent attorney. This is not his death date.
Children of Columbia Duncan and Riner Altizer are:
+ 15 i. Jackson Duncan7 Altizer, born about 1905 in West Virginia.
16 ii. James Harvey Altizer, born 16 February 1908 in West Virginia; died 25 July 1996 in Charleston, West Virginia.
James H. Altizer Missing in Action
Mrs. R. G. Altizer, 905 Edgewood Drive was notified Wenesday that a son, Sgt. James H. Altizer, gunner on a bombing plane, has been missing in action since August 1.
Sgt. Altizer had been in service the past 18 months and had been stationed with the Middle East command for six months. He was employed by the United Fuel Gas Co., prior to enlistment.
One brother, Jackson Altizer, is a local attorney, and another. Lt. Riner G. Altizer, is with the army air forces stationed at Jefferson Barracks, MO.
He attended Princeton university. (the Charleston Daily Mail, 12 August 1943. Another article with picture in uniform: 13 August 1943.
Sgt. James Altizer, son of Mrs. R. G. Altizer, 905 Edgewood Drive has been interned in a “neutral country,” according to an unofficial report received by the family. Sgt. Altizer had previously been reported missing after a plane in which he was a gunner failed to return from a mission” (The Charleston Mail, 22 August 1943. )
“Missing in Action
Three West Virginians were listed Friday as missing in action in the Middle East and Sicilian war theaters in an official announcement by the war department.
Sgt. James H. Altizer, son of Mrs. R. G. Altizer of 905 Edgewood Dr., and Tech. Sgt. Anthony L. Galasso were reported missing in action in the Middle East, and Pvt. Richard A. McMullen of RFD 3, Parkersburg in Sicily. The Charleston Mail 27 August 1943
Reported missing in February, Sgt, James H. Altizer, serving in the European theater of operations, is a prisoner of war in Germany, the Red Cross has notified his mother.
Sgt. Altizer, son of Mrs. R. G. Altizer of 905 Edgewood Rd., has been missing in action twice. He was first reported missing in August 1943, following the Ploesti oil field raid, and was interned in Romania for five months, but returned to his combat unit in January. Then March 15 his mother received word that he was missing over Germany. She received her fourth communication last week saying that he was a German prisoner of war.” The Charleston Daily Mail, 16 April 1944
“Missing in Action
St. James H. Altizer, above, who was released from an internment camp in a far east neutral country several months ago and subsequently stationed with the 8th army air forces in England, is reported missing in action, his mother, Mrs. R. G. Altizer of 905 Edgewood Dr. was informed Wednesday by the war department.
Last August Sgt. Altizer, a former United Fuel Gas Co., employee was reported missing in action but news of his internment came about two weeks later.
He was assigned as a bomber gunner and entered the service in March 1942 receiving his gunnery training in Florida. The Charleston Mail, 15 March 1944
Prisoner of Nazis
The war department today announced names of West Virginia soldiers held prisoners by Germany.
West Virginia – Sgt. James H. Altizer, mother Mrs. Riner G. Altizer, 905 Edgewood Dr., Charleston. Staff Sgt. Eugene T. Cole, mother, Mrs. Mary A. Cole, Parkersburg; Staff Sgt. Earl W. Hunt, mother Mrs. George Hunt, Belle; Tech. Sgt. Henry J. Klinkoski, mother Mrs. Olga T. Klinkoski, Wheeling; Sgt. Buster McMaster, mother Mrs. Lena McMaster, Whtesville; Pvt. Michael R. Sheetz, mother Mrs. Myrtle Scheetz, Follansbee; Pfc. Henry H. Smith, Jr. mother, Mrs. Arie E. Williams, Springfield; 2nd Lt. Charles T. Stealey, Jr. father C. T. Stealey, Sr. Clarksburg. “ (The Charleston Daily Mail, 19 May 1944)
Part of article 22 Oct. 1944
“Pointing out the importance of Red Cross aid to war prisoners, Mr. Turner revealed a message sent her by Sgt. James H. Altizer of Charleston, prisoner of war in Germany, who used one of the two postcards each prisoner is allotted each month to write to his sister-in-law, Mrs. Jackson D. Altizer, that “I am impelled to drop you a line of sincere appreciation for your wonderful organization. The Red Cross has been with us from the first to smooth over the rough spots of this experience. Thanks to it, I am in fine shape and suffering only from boredom.” Mrs. Altizer is executive director of the Kanawha-Clay chapter.” The Charleston Mail, 22 October 1944
17 iii. Return Jonathan Meigs Altizer, born 12 June 1914 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; died January 1938 in Charleston, West Virginia. Burial: 1938, Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia.
“Death Claims R. J. M. Altizer
Funeral Service to Be Held at Home Here on Saturday Afternoon
Funeral services for Return Jonathan Meigs Altizer, 23 year old member of a prominent Charleston family, will be held Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock at the home, 905 Edgewood drive.
Rev. Robert H. Gamble, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church, will officiate. Final rites and burial will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Clarksburg, his mother’s former home.
The Simpson mortuary will be in charge of services.
Mrs. Altizer died Friday evening at his home following a long illness. He was born June 12, 1914 at Pittsburgh, Pa., son of Columbia Duncan Altizer and the late Riner Gaither Altizer. He was a grandson of Mrs. J. J. Duncan of Clarksburg.
Mr. .Altizer was educated at Woodberry Forest school and later graduated from Yale university with an A. B. degree.
Surviving are his mother, three brothers, Jackson D. Altizer, James H. Altizer and Riner Gairther Altizer, who is a student at Princeton university, and three cousins, George L. Duncan, Jr. James Duncan and David Bassel Carper, all of Clarksburg. Riner Altizer will arrive in Charleston on Saturday.
The family requested flowers be omitted.” (Charleston Daily Mail, January 29, 1938)
“Altizer Services Held in Edgewood
Final rites and burial Return Jonathan Meigs Altizer, 23, member of a prominent Charleston family, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Clarksburg, his mother’s former home.
Funeral services were held Saturday evening at 5 o’clock at the home, 905 Edgewood drive, for Mr. Altizer. Rev. Robert H. Gamble rector of St. John’s Episcopal church, officiated.
Mr. Altizer, a graduate of Yale university, died Friday evening at his home following a long illness.
Active pallbearer were Jackson D. Altizer, James H. Altizer and Riner Gaither Altizer, all brothers of Mr Altizer and George L. Duncan, Jr., James Duncan and David Bassel carper, all of Clarksburg, and cousins of the deceased.
Survivors include his mother and three brothers.”
Charleston Daily Mail, 30 Jan 1938.
18 iv. Riner Gaither Altizer, born 10 November 1915 in West Virginia; died 05 July 1996 in Humboldt County, California. His last residence was Eureka, California. (California Death Index and SS Death Index)( Princeton’38)
Notes for Riner Gaither Altizer:U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record;
Name: Riner G Altizer ;Birth Year: 1915 ;Race: White, citizen
Nativity State or Country: West Virginia ;State: West Virginia
County or City: Kanawha ;Enlistment Date: 28 Jun 1941
Enlistment State: Virginia ;Enlistment City: Huntington West
Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private ;Grade Code: Private ;Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) ;Source: Civil Life ;Education: 4 years of college
Marital Status: Single, without dependents ;Height: 69 ;Weight: 131
8. Grace Lee6 Duncan (James Jackson5, Columbia Ann Madison4 Jackson, John George3, George2, John1) was born 05 January 1890 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, and died 26 July 1977 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia. Burial: Aft. 26 July 1977, Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, Harrison County. She married (1) Benjamin Riddick Britt. He was born 1883 in Virginia. She married (2) David Bassel Carper 25 June 1913 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, son of Abraham Carper and Ella Bassel. He was born 1885 in Upshur County, West Virginia, and died 17 June 1917 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia.
Child of Grace Duncan and Benjamin Britt is:
19 i. Benjamin Riddick7 Carper, born 1930 in Harrison County, West Virginia; died about 1980.
Child of Grace Duncan and David Carper is:
20 i. David Bassel7 Carper, born 15 September 1917 in Harrison County, West Virginia; died 16 November 2001 in Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia. Burial: Aft. 16 November 2001, Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia
10. William Thomas 6 Bland II(William Thomas5, Columbia Ann Madison4 Jackson, John George3, George2, John1) was born 27 November 1894 in Kansas, and died 16 November 1990 in Lake Gem, Florida. He married Aura May Wimer. She was born 25 May 1898 in Florida, and died 02 January 1998 in Lake County, Florida.
Information on this family came from DAR Library, Washington, DC;
“Georgia’s Genealogical Reg. Commission, Misc. 1963” p.118.
Other sources: Ancient Family of Bland, by Urilla Moore Bland, 1986.
Census records, for Florida, Florida Death Index and SSDI.
Child of William Bland and Aura Wimer is:
21 i. William Thomas 7 Bland III
Generation No. 4
15. Jackson Duncan7 Altizer (Columbia “Collie”6 Duncan, James Jackson5, Columbia Ann Madison4 Jackson, John George3, George2, John1) was born about 1905 in West Virginia. He married Frances Greatham, daughter of Capt. W. D. Greatham. She was born about 1906 in Rhode Island.
“Mr. Jack Altizer has returned to Dartmuth in Hanover, Va where he is a student after visiting his folks here.” The Charleston Daily Mail, 3 January 1923″
Children of Jackson Altizer and Frances Greatham are:
22 i. Thomas J.8 Altizer, born 1927 in Massachusetts.
23 ii. Nell Altizer.
(Charleston Daily Mail, newspaper article 16 May 1944): Mrs. Jackson D. Altizer and daughter, Nell, of Edgewood Drive left Monday for Alexandria, Va., where they will visit the formers parents Capt. And Mrs. W. D. Greetham.
1. Harrison County Marriages, Bk3:135.
2. Harrison County Death Record, Bk9:38.
3. Harrison County Marriages, Bk7:73.
4. Harrison County Death Record, Bk12:58 B.
5. Harrison County Death Record, Bk18:57 A, George L. Duncan, informant.
6. Harrison County Birth Records, Bk10:43, Delayed recording correction #5449.
Submitted by Linda B. Meyers, January 2007