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Kathie L. Webb Blair (#47399339)
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Bio Photo I became a member of the Find A Grave Community on December 13th, 2010.
I am a great great great granddaughter of John and Rebecca (Baltzell) Burkhart who arrived at what is now Albany, OR in 1847. One of their sons, Leander Columbus Burkhart, married Melissa Ann, a daughter of Hezekiah & Melissa Davidson of Polk County, Oregon. They had come to Oregon in the same wagon train. Leander & Melissa had a daughter, Nellie Olivia Burkhart, who married & had a daughter named Pearl Laura Baker. Pearl fell in love with Harry Hoyt Taylor, a school mate. It was a match made in Heaven. They married & had 2 daughters; the younger one, Patricia, was my mother. She is buried with her parents at the Multnomah Park Pioneer Cemetery in Portland, OR. I live in Portland, Oregon, with my younger sister, Nan, and her cat Lydia; her son & daughter are both married, living in the area, and her daughter made her a grandmother in 2013. Her son and his wife had a daughter in Sept 2015. I also have an older sister & a son nearby, plus a niece, younger sister & brother-in-law living in California. My father, a WWII Veteran, just passed away on July 9th, 2015. I have been creating my Family Tree since mid Oct 2010; little did I know what I was getting in to. I was able to use many of my mother's old records from the 1960s-1980s, but have been so thankful for the age of computers & also for "Find A Grave", which has helped me sort out so many of my Burkhart, Ellis, Baltzell, Taylor, & Davidson relatives on my mother's side, many in Oregon, and my Webb, Gatlin, Gholson, Warters, Uzzell & Lassiter relatives as well as all of the people they married on my father's side, many in Georgia & the Carolinas, and my son's father's family. I truly appreciate all of the time and effort all of you have spent creating this site; it's right up my alley as I enjoy sorting things out & solving puzzles, researching, putting things in order, etc. I was a Social Services Worker for many yrs., but retired due to severe migraines that will plague me for the rest of my life. I now have other health issues incl. Reynaud's, making my hands & feet cold along with pretty severe Arthritis. I spend what time I can doing research & rediscovering my ancestors who came to Oregon (stopping along the way in VA., TN., MO., ILL., Iowa, TX & CA) in 1847 along with portions of the Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon & other places in the Pacific Northwest and California. I am finding, via Find A Grave, many more cousins throughout the United States, however, which is really exciting. I have found Jewish heritage under names of Burkhardt, Mayer, Freiburger & Huepfer going way back (to the mid 1600's) to when some family left Germany and ended up in Johnson Co., Georgia, America, among other places. I wish I knew more and will keep looking. My DNA even shows that I am part Greek, which leaves me completely lost as I haven't found the connection yet. I do tend to get side tracked frequently, especially when it comes to the graves of "little ones", Veterans & others without any flowers, & will leave flowers an Angel or other token for them, especially if they have none there, which I find incredibly sad. I ran into a Vietnam Vet in Summer, 2012, who rides at funerals (The Patriot Guard). I actually was brave enough to go up to him, thank him & shake his hand; I told him about Find A Grave & gave him the web site address. I hope he looked us up! Thanks to all of you so much for all of your help as I am only human, am just striving to be better, One Day at a Time. When my computer was hacked July 2011, I missed Find A Grave the most! I have heard from a number of relatives whose ancestors came to Oregon about the same time mine did and they settled not too far from where my family did. It is great finding our connections! Talk About A Small World! May God take care of everyone. You are some very special people, as if you didn't know! I also use site which can be very helpful and have found a wonderful site regarding info on Oregon Pioneers from 1830's to 1855, researched and published by Stephenie Flora called "".
**Spend time with your loved ones while you have them. I am so grateful to God for the special people in my life.**
My address has worked out much better although I am checking yahoo once in a while to deal with causes I believe in. Please continue to use my gmail address from now on. Thank you so very much. Take care and stay safe, preferably with someone you care about.
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo My Shadow cat, who was badly hurt a few months back, was in terrible back pain like nothing I'd seen other than when a cat was run over. I am so grateful to Dr. Chris at Gresham Animal Hospital for helping me to help her during her final days. She was 14 yrs. old in April, and her whiskers had turned white a couple of years ago. I finally had to have her put to sleep on Dec 11th, 2014, as her pain was out of control and she had no quality of life; it was the "responsible" thing to do, but I've missed her so very much.
I was in a pretty intense car accident on Feb 17th, which totaled my little Honda (& nearly totaled me). My right leg was broken, the ankle shattered, plus numerous contusions across my chest, knees, groin, etc. Surgery was Mar 2nd & I have enough metal in me now to set off airport detectors for the rest of my life. I was w/out a computer until Mar 17th when a very dear friend brought me a lap top, exactly one month after the acc'd. I was in a care facility learning to do self care, etc. while my leg healed in a non wgt bearing cast. Interestingly, it was owned & operated by IOOF, an organization that many of my ancestors belonged to; many of them are buried in IOOF Cemeteries throughout Oregon & other states. I got home on Mar 23rd, am so happy to be with my sister and kitties again. I am using a walker as I heal, but, One Day at A Time, by the grace of God, as I understand Him, I'm gonna do this.
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L. Webb Blair (& my black cat, Shadow, in spirit), in Portland, Oregon, USA.
My little Shadow passed to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday, Dec 11th,2014.>>> Four Months Later:
My sister found two young kitties, litter mates & a bonded pair, who touched my heart. We went to see them & brought home Lucy Lu & Willy Wu, full of energy, sweetness, love & purrs. They love to play & are hysterical to watch. Willy loves boxes & paper bags; Lucy loves to carry toys around in her mouth. I will always miss my little Shadow girl, but I know these kitties help me to heal, giving me all of the affection only pet companions can bring. I've been back home for many months, using my cane to get around. The bills still keep coming, getting paid off, one at a time.
Thanks to all of you for your sweet notes, thoughts and prayers. They mean more to me than you'll ever know.

>Cataract surgeries have made a world of difference! New pair glasses is next~ Such a miracle! Continue to have residual rgt. leg & foot pain hindering the time I can be on my computer. Thanks for your patience.
With All Sincerity, Kathie L. Webb Blair
Jan 28, 2016
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Wild West Division
3d Corps
Hi Kathie, can you share the name of the guy with "3d Corps" on his marker? I can root around and see what,if anything, I can find and share it with you.
Warm Regards,
Added by Wild West Division on Jan 29, 2016 1:58 PM
Bob & Sandi Hamilton
Virginia Lee Burkhart
I transferred Virginia Lee Burkhart over to you Kathie today.
Added by Bob & Sandi Hamilton on Jan 27, 2016 5:19 PM
Tommy Wood
Ain't the world small
I just transferred another bunch of Kosiers. And, guess what? In doing the research, I found that Andy Kosier lived about 5 blocks from me on a street called Henrietta. I delivered newspapers on his street in the 1960s, so I was probably his paperboy!!! Now, ain't the world small? Tommy Wood
Added by Tommy Wood on Jan 19, 2016 9:38 PM
RE: Marguerite (Alderson) Burkhart
Hi Kathie:

I was glad I was able to assist with correcting this very understandable error. What a coincidence that these "other" Aldersons were close by in Linn County. Maybe there's a family connection. It's worth looking into.

I locate and photograph death certificates at the State Archives in Salem for my Find A Grave memorials. I'd be more than happy to obtain and e-mail copies for you. Just send me a list with the names and dates of the deceased (prior to 1966) and I'll add them to my list for my next Archives visit in February.

When I was at the Archives last Friday I ran into Diana Greb and had a nice visit with her. She's a very nice person and she's doing terrific work with her death certificate project. She has imaged a truly mind-boggling number of dc's over the last five or more years. She's an inspiration.

For the record, I became aware of the discrepancy in the Alderson records when I created a Find A Grave memorial for Marguerite Burkhart's sister, Edith Ruth Alderson, who is entombed at Riverview Abbey Mausoleum in Portland. Once you've added the correct parent links to Marguerite's memorial page, you will see Edith's name in the sibling list. Marguerite is listed as one of Edith's survivors in her funeral notice.

Thanks for your nice note, and best wishes in your research.

Added by EGF on Jan 17, 2016 3:58 AM
Marguerite (Alderson) Burkhart
I've posted a copy of the death certificate to the memorial offering additional proof that her parents were Christopher and Mary (Royal) Alderson and not Thomas and Anna (McLeod) Alderson, as is currently indicated. I've also submitted an edit to correct the parent links.

It's possible that Thomas Alderson was a relative of Marguerite (an uncle, perhaps?), but he wasn't her father, as is clearly shown by multiple record sources.
Added by EGF on Jan 16, 2016 2:11 AM
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Dear Kathie,
How sweet of you to take the time to visit my family members, and then to leave such thoughtful notes, as well - Thank You so much. =) I am forever saying that I am trying to get back on here more routinely, but I continue to be dreadfully behind in messages, thank you notes and my own tokening due to health issues - but I do try to check in, and the tokens do not go unnoticed. Regarding River, I write, as I note on his page... and two poems about him were just picked up for reprint in a pending anthology for grieving parents, and I am really proud of this - not because I am working through my own issues regarding loss, but because the anthology is aimed at helping other parents. All these years later, River continues to help others, and I tend to believe that perhaps that was the plan all along; children who leave immediately or far too soon, perhaps they come in long enough to make a difference for the better, so to speak, and then head back Home. =) I know that I am a better person for having known him, and I'll see him again. Take good care and have a nice holiday weekend - hugs, Rhonda and Gannon Blue
Added by Rhonda C. Poynter & Frien... on Jan 15, 2016 6:08 PM
Kerry Rae Smith Moser
RE: Hiram Bond
Ok, great,, just wanted to make sure..
Added by Kerry Rae Smith Moser on Jan 13, 2016 5:01 PM
Kerry Rae Smith Moser
Nancy C. McHaney Bond
I am wondering about the 55 year age difference between Hiram and Nancy??
Added by Kerry Rae Smith Moser on Jan 09, 2016 8:48 AM
Kerry Rae Smith Moser
Hiram Bond
Thanks for the info on him...
Added by Kerry Rae Smith Moser on Jan 09, 2016 8:25 AM
Tommy Wood
RE: Alice Blanche and Charles Edgar Kosier
You did a great job on their bios.
Added by Tommy Wood on Dec 23, 2015 5:28 PM
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