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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 traveled with the Burkharts to Oregon. 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 older one, Helen, married a Hungarian doctor who had fled Hitler's madness; they lived & died in New York. The younger one, Patricia, was my mother. She is buried with her parents at the Multnomah Park Pioneer Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. I live in Southeast Portland, Oregon with my black cat, Shadow. I have an older sister living in Portland and a younger sister living in Corbett. 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 a 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, mostly in Oregon, and my Webb, Gatlin, Warters, Uzzell & Lassiter relatives as well as all of the people they married on my father's side, mostly 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 last year, 2012, just in time for my 61st birthday, but some other issues arose. 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 also have a 1st cousin who was in Virginia who was helping me rediscover my father's side of the family, which I, sadly, know almost nothing about. I have another cousin living in the San Diego area of CA. I have tried to contact him, to no avail. The other cousin prefers hand written letters. I'm afraid I didn't hear back from him, either. 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'm so glad my son's been calling me regularly; he has a good job that takes him out of the state alot and has moved up to Washington. I also talk 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, 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 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 & foot problems continue to plague me to the extent that I had a cortisone injection in each knee on Oct 1st, 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 and warm, preferably with someone you care about. Spring has finally arrived in Oregon during the day, although it is still cold at night. I feel badly for all of you back in the Mid West & East who have had a Winter that just won't quit! I hope things begin to thaw out soon, but no flooding. Our East Winds can be brutal, but I am so grateful to have a warm home. Shadow comes and sits on my hair when I'm lying under the covers, at night, watching TV, before going to sleep. She purrs and I reach back and pet her; she's so sweet, will be 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.
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L. Webb Blair (& my black cat, Shadow), in Portland, Oregon, USA. March 23rd, 2014

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Thomas McLain
RE: Lettie & Claiborne Barbur Burkhart
Two children I think you missed were Homer (37083924). Ellen (37083914).
Also Carse was buried in California.
How are you connected to Aunt Lettie?
Added by Thomas McLain on Apr 10, 2014 8:52 AM
RE: Davidson, Dee & Flora
Hi Kathie thanks for the quick reply. I don't have anything on the Davidson's. I don't think it is your branch anyway, Dee's family were from Alabama into Oklahoma. As I said it is Flora's family I am researching. She was a Winters and she moved to Lebanon when some others from LeFlore County Oklahoma moved there. I do know she had several nephews there Ralph and Orville Winters. Thanks for the reply though! Happy Hunting...Kathy
Added by sukiyhtaky on Apr 10, 2014 1:14 AM
Hi Kathie...I saw you left flowers on Dee Davidson's memorial. Dee was married to my great-aunt Flora. Flora was very dear to us all and got me interested in genealogy over forty years ago. Dee was living with my mother when he died after Flora's death. I had hoped to get up to their house to get her pictures and documents and letters, but they seemed to have been disposed of. I am wondering if you happen to have any photos or documents from Flora's side you'd be willing to make digital copies of for me? She was a wonderful woman I adored and think of her often.

Added by sukiyhtaky on Apr 09, 2014 11:55 PM
Can you tell me who the BALL parents are ?
Added by gbye on Mar 27, 2014 12:53 PM
Mary Allen
Hi, Kathie --

After your first SAC message I went looking for a census that showed Mary in 1850, and, like you said, the only one was with George & Frances Crane. I wasn't sure how I was going to explain what I saw as a discrepancy in your records. Those things sometimes happen, especially if we rely too much on other peoples' "research". Glad you are back "on track".

Best wishes,
Added by Darlene on Mar 21, 2014 8:56 AM
Susan Leigh
Hi Kathie,
Thanks for the link to her father. I have connected the two memorials. Looks like you are about to get this whole family found and put together. Good work!!!
Added by AZLITE on Mar 08, 2014 7:25 PM
Samuel Baker
I would be happy to transfer all the Bakers who are buried with him.
Added by babs on Mar 08, 2014 10:40 AM
Samuel Baker
Would you like me to transfer him to you? I am not related to him.
Added by babs on Mar 08, 2014 10:33 AM
Theadocia Florence Gatlin Hightower
Links made - thanks for the info.
Added by Tony on Feb 20, 2014 9:22 AM
Traci Clark
Jef and Kelli
Thank you for remembering my sisters.
Added by Traci Clark on Feb 19, 2014 2:18 PM
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