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Kathie L. Webb Blair (#47399339)
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Bio Photo 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, was married to Melissa Ann Davidson of the Hezekiah & Melissa Davidson family of Polk County. They had also come to Oregon in 1847. 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 sister, and black cat, Shadow. I have an older sister living in Portland. My only son lives in SW Washington. I also have a married niece & married nephew living in the area & a niece, sister & brother-in-law living in California. 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, 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, putting things in order, etc. I was a Social Services Worker for many yrs., but had to retire due to severe migraines; I now have problems with Reynaud's making my hands cold, pretty severe arthritis so I need to have both knees replaced & a right ankle I sprained for the 6th time just Jan 2014. I've been told I have no tendons left which all explains why I am not as mobile as I used to be (and miss it!). I was hoping to get new knees two years ago in 2012, just in time for my 61st birthday, but some other issues arose, including back problems; steroid injections will help, soon, I hope. I've not been able to spend as much time on my family tree & memorials as I'd like, need about a week non stop to catch up. In the mean time, I spend what time I can researching & rediscovering my ancestors who came to Oregon (stopping along the way in VA., TN., MO., ILL., Iowa, TX & CA) in 1847 and settled portions of the Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon. I am finding, via Find A Grave, many more cousins throughout the United States, however, which is really exciting. I am still hoping to hear from my one remaining uncle in the mid West. I have recently found Jewish heritage under the 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. In case you can't tell, 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 or an Angel for them, especially if they have none there, which I find incredibly sad. I ran into a Vietnam Vet at a grocery store Summer 2012, who rides at funerals (The Patriot Guard). I actually was brave enough to go up to him and 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 miss my son who I haven't heard from since April; he has a good job that takes him out of the state alot and has moved up to Washington. I love talking with my dad, who is a World War II vet, & is now 89, every week. I am so grateful he is still around. I have also heard from relatives whose family came to Oregon about the same time mine did and they settled not too far from where my family did. 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..**Spend time with your loved ones while you have them. I spent time with my nephew and his bride, my niece and her beautiful daughter and my younger sister on Christmas Eve, 2013. It was wonderful. Thank You Father. My niece is married to a very wonderful gentle man she has known & cared about for many years; they welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their lives on Oct 30th, 2013, so my sister is now a grandmother! I am so happy for all of them! I have heard from my sponsor of almost 35 years who has been severely disabled with a broken tailbone. I got a lovely card from her the day after my birthday and I never would've thought my 62nd birthday would've been as great as it was, especially with the storms, but it was great hearing from my son & my dad and my sister made me dinner, so all was good. She also just sent me a Christmas card with an update on how she's doing and that she is, slowly, healing. I am so grateful to God. My knee, ankle, back & foot problems continue to plague me to the extent that I had a cortisone injection in each knee on Oct 1st, 2013 as I'd been bedridden, and it helped. I finally got a new computer back on Sept 1st. I am totally frustrated, not always following my doctor's orders, but trying to. My address has worked out much better although I am checking yahoo about once a month 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. Summer is here with it's hot, going into the high 80's and 90's in Oregon during the day, although it is still somewhat cool at night. I feel badly for all of you back in the Mid West & East who have had such weird weather that just won't quit! Shadow comes and sits on my hair when I'm lying in bed, at night, watching TV, before going to sleep. She purrs and I reach back and pet her; she's so sweet, was 14 yrs. old in April. I've been abstaining so I can get my knees replaced and possibly my right ankle. One Day at A Time, by the grace of God, as I understand Him, I'm gonna do this. Can it really be 50 years since I sat in front of my folk's TV in our livingroom, watching Ed Sullivan and the Beatles came on & sang, "All My Lovin'"? I felt something stir inside me and knew I'd never be the same. I was 12 years old. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I suddenly feel so old. Even Shadow has white whiskers, now. She fell and hurt her back badly so is on pain meds while she heals. I don't know what I would've done if I'd lost her....
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L. Webb Blair (& my black cat, Shadow), in Portland, Oregon, USA. Aug 1st, 2014

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Lorene Conn-Roth
Marian Chaffin
I was reading your comments on Marian Chaffin and wanted to let you that Bert passed on 10/17/2014. You can find his obituary on I was one of his students back in the late 60's and remember seeing him and his wife together. Sucks seeing all these people we looked up to for so many years gone. But they are not forgotten.
Lorene Conn-Roth
Added by Lorene Conn-Roth on Oct 20, 2014 4:07 PM
Martha S. T. Read Diary
Dear Kathy, I am so glad you enjoyed reading Martha's overland trip diary. It is an amazing window into the past and into a time much more difficult physically than ours is, in just about every way thinkable!

When we travel I-84 I too think of those pioneers and how they had to get their wagons up and down those hills and mountains, while we are simply zipping along at speeds unimaginable to them. Have you stopped and seen any of the Oregon Trail exhibits at any of the rest stops? They are most interesting, especially the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at Baker. You can see the wheels ruts still in the hillsides and then as you travel the freeway, you can spot them here and there along the way.

Take care, Marci
Added by Mawahlquist on Oct 16, 2014 8:38 PM
Peggy Frost
RE: Edward C. & Lulu E. Viereck
Hi Kathie, Edward's wife, Lulu Edith Hall, was my husband's Grand Aunt - one of her sister's was my husband's Grandmother.

I don't really have much information at all on Edward - I wasn't even aware that he was a doctor - but I do know he was in the US Navy. To my knowledge, Edith (Lulu went by her middle name) was never in the military and I suspect that she just happened to own a Navy blouse.

No, I don't mind at all that you're doing research on the family. Are you related?


Peggy Frost
Added by Peggy Frost on Oct 10, 2014 8:36 AM
Connie WEEAKS Pace
RE: Andrew Westbrook
Kathie, thanks for all your help. I appreciate it. Connie
Added by Connie WEEAKS Pace on Oct 07, 2014 3:12 PM
jeane marshall
RE: Mary Elizabeth Hagedorn Chamberlain
No upset here---actually wanted to thank you for the flowers and the thoughtfulness---we believed that Mariah had died in Los Angeles, CA---Makes sense that she was buried near her Cleveland "home" and son. Thank you again for your endeavors. We are having a problem with her mother's maiden name---Perry or Petty? does the cemetery have death certificate information? ---memorial #57759813
Jeane in CA
Added by jeane marshall on Oct 06, 2014 6:52 PM
Alvin Oglesby
RE: Eliza (Pickle) Burkhart
My mistake.
You are correct.

in Asbury Cemetery, I saw so many Pickle/Pickel memorials not showing the same spelling as in the photo, I tried to get them corrected.

Sorryto inconvenience you.
Added by Alvin Oglesby on Oct 06, 2014 1:04 PM
jeane marshall
Mary E Hagedorn Chamberlain
Mary was the daughter of Luther Hagedorn/Hagedon and
Fannie Perry/Petty Hagadon of Cleveland, Ohio and Green Bay, Wisconsin --- Fannie died in 1848 and Luther remarried. Luther was a captain on the Great Lakes.
How did you know of "Mariah" (as my family referred to her) ?
Jeane in CA
Added by jeane marshall on Oct 06, 2014 9:12 AM
Angie Raspone
RE: Ruth Chamberlain
Thank you for updating Ruth's memorial. I hope you are having a great weekend!
Added by Angie Raspone on Oct 04, 2014 2:57 PM
J.Richard Davis
RE: Sgt. Ronald Wayne Burkhart
I will look into it, Ronald was one of my best friends, we grew up together, I know there are many other site on the web that honor him.
Added by J.Richard Davis on Sep 22, 2014 9:02 AM
Sharon Davis
RE: The Ashtons
Kathie, wow, you do have your hands full! I hope and pray your sister will be alright. Back problems are never fun; hope the surgery improved her situation.
Hope your kitty is OK, too. I've got 2 cats myself, and they do leave paw prints on your heart!
Take your time; no rush!!
Added by Sharon Davis on Sep 18, 2014 3:14 PM
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