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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 3 times great granddaughter of John and Rebecca (Baltzell) Burkhart who arrived at what is now Albany, OR in Oct, 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 and 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 and had 2 daughters; the younger one, Patricia, was my mother. She is buried with her parents at the Multnomah Park Cemetery in SE Portland, OR. I live in SE Portland, Oregon, with my younger sister, Nan, and our three cats - Lydia, Willy and Lucy; her son and daughter are both married, living in the area, and have made her a grandmother twice with two beautiful granddaughters, plus another on the way this Fall. I also have an older sister and a son nearby, plus a niece, younger sister & brother-in-law living in California. My father, a retired Fireman and a WWII Veteran, passed away on July 9th, 2015. My mother passed in Dec 2002 from cancer.
I have been creating my Family Tree since mid Oct 2010; little did I know what I was getting into. 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 and 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, plus 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 days. I now have other health issues incl. Reynaud's, making my hands and 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, WA, ID & CA) in 1847 as well as thru out Oregon and 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 Davidson, Burkhardt, Mayer, Freiburger, & Huepfer going way back (to the mid 1600's) to when some family left Germany and ended up in Pennsylvania, America. I wish I knew more and will keep looking. My most recent DNA studies thru National Genographic & show that I am primarily of Great British and Irish descent, then Scandinavian, Southern, Western and Central European descent, which makes sense when I trace family names and branches of my family tree on which has well over 15,000 people on it, incl. those related via marriage. I do tend to get side tracked frequently, especially when it comes to the graves of "little ones", Veterans & others without any flowers; I often 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 rode 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 all of 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 and the edit key, which I try to check every day. Thank you so very much.
My Shadow cat, who was badly hurt in 2014, was in terrible back pain like nothing I'd seen other than when a cat was run over. I was 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, 2014 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. My sister and I adopted two 5 month old kitties, a brother and sister, in Jan 2015, named them Willy and Lucy, and thoroughly enjoyed their playful antics this past year. I was in a severe car accident on Feb 17th, 2015, which totaled my little Honda (& nearly totaled me). My right leg was broken in 3 places, 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, one of five I had before and after surgery. 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 and other states. I got home on Mar 23rd, 2015, have been so happy to be with my sister and kitties again. I used a wheelchair at first, then a walker, and finally a cane. One Day at A Time, by the grace of God, as I understand Him, I'm gonna do this. I still have issues with my right ankle and foot that need to be dealt with surgically.
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 major world of difference! With my new pair glasses my vision is corrected to 20/20, and I've been amazed at all I can see ~ Such a miracle! Continue to have residual rgt. leg & foot pain hindering the time I can be on my computer.
>> Was off line from 2/23 to 3/1/2016, due to my internet server thinking I was a business (which I'm NOT!) and messing up my account, plus needing a new modem. Thanks for your patience. Take Care and stay safe, preferably with someone you care about.
With All Sincerity, Kathie L. Webb Blair
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Shadow Cat
I am so sorry to see that you have lost Shadow Cat's company. I know how much you love that kitty. Love : Jeannie
Added by Jeannie on Jul 15, 2016 11:26 AM
RE: Charles Millering Angel Day
Hello Kathy, Thank you for the lovely sentiment on Chucks memorial page. It has been almost 6 years since I quit those hollow tubes! And about 4 years since the doctor cut that little bit of cancer out of my chest. I'm doing great. I still have to work 4 nights a week, it can sure take it's toll on the physical well being. It's Chucks birthday today not his Angel day but I'm sure Chuck doesn't mind.I saw his son on the bus awhile back and his daughter sent me some photos. I hope you are doing okay do you still have shadow cat? I have 2 beautiful grandsons which I can visit and buy toys for. Trevor is 2 1/2 & Tegan is 1 1/2. Take care and stay strong. Love from Jeannie.
Added by Jeannie on Jul 15, 2016 11:16 AM
Michele Mensinger-Power
RE: William N. Shaw
I would be greatly honored for you to share with me your obviously amazing amount of research and attention to detail. Thank you for clarifying his information for me. My mom was pretty confused when I told her he was a mortician. She grew up in the Toppenish area and remembers stories of our family being farmers. My email is Thank you so much for caring enough to work through the night to find the answers. You ROCK!!
Added by Michele Mensinger-Power on Jul 11, 2016 6:48 AM
RE: Isham Burnett Dodson
do you know of any indian blood in your tree? mine is rumored to have cherokee i have found several names on the dawes roll from ishams line and was going to pay for their cards

on the names i have found the tree looks like this julie- sharon- eulalia-james leslie- ruth francis-isham burnett dodson -
*elizabeth burnett dodson chactaw?- isham richard burnett 1740 wife* winnefred dodson burnett 1791 choctaw by blood?-
jeremiah burnett 1718 virginia- *john burnett 2 1666 essex county va choctaw by marriage 1243 wife *lucretia johnson chocktaw by blood?-
*john burnett 1610 rappahannock county virginia.

joseph burnett child of jeremiah burnett under creek by blood
a moses burnett creek by blood son of jeremiah burnett 2 wayne county kentucky 125 dawes creek by blood

* means suspected dawes roll.
Added by jboyle on Jul 08, 2016 6:19 PM
Michele Mensinger-Power
William Shaw- Mortician
You left a comment on the William Shaw memorial page that he was a mortician. he is my Great x3 Grandfather. How did you come by that bit of information? His memorial is 109572758. Thank you.

Added by Michele Mensinger-Power on Jul 07, 2016 4:07 PM
Nancy Poppin Umland
RE: Sunset View Cemetery
Hi Kathie, Thanks for your kind words. The headstones that were removed are now in SF Bay.

I came across the SF death index before 1905 and thought I'd add some names to the Sunset Cemetery. It hasn't been much, so far, but I will be doing a little at a time.

The dead do need to be remembered.

I'm of Russian descent and I have been following the various lines in Los Angeles and San Francisco. I found many death certs on Family Search and many are young children. Since they died between census years, their name is not mentioned anywhere. So that is one of my many quests is to link these children to family. Sadly, some of the certificates do not mention a parent; however, sometimes I can link the address to another child who died and the child is linked up. I can't find them all, but I've made a dent.

So sad that the dead are forgotten and covered over. Family members can't even pay their respects. I say shame on those companies who have no feelings or guilt.

That's my soapbox message.

Marysville, CA
Added by Nancy Poppin Umland on Jul 07, 2016 9:57 AM
B.J. Waters
Fritz Altmann
Thank you for sponsoring his memorial. That is kind of you.


Added by B.J. Waters on Jul 06, 2016 7:54 AM
RE: Elie Wiesel memorial

Dear Kathie,

Thank you for the kind words regarding our tribute for the incomparable Elie Wiesel; we were humbled in attempting to define his life within given parameters. As the descendants of immigrant Holocaust survivors, we believe this world mourns the loss of a profound voice whose legacy is our conscience.

Best regards and "shalom aleichem".

Added by ray&jay on Jul 03, 2016 1:23 PM
Rebecca H
RE: Burkhart - Hale Connection
Okay I will pull out my info on David & Mary Ann tonight and send it to you by email.
Added by Rebecca H on Jun 30, 2016 12:27 PM
rolly dodson
can you confrim that isham burnett dodson was part of this family he is not included on sensus records of family 1860 1850
Added by jboyle on Jun 29, 2016 4:06 PM
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