|Birth: ||Sep. 26, 1787|
|Death: ||Sep. 30, 1856|
John Burkhart was an Oregon Pioneer. He was born in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1787, a son of George (Peter) Burkhar(d)t, (1751-1830) and Anna Margaretha (Zimmerman) Burkhar(d)t, (1765-1840). He was living in Blountville, Sullivan Co, Tennessee, when he joined and served in the East Tennessee Volunteers Regiment from 1813-1814, as a Rifleman and Chaplin under Capt.William King and Colonel Snodgrass, with his brother, Peter Burkhart. Following his discharge in 1814, he returned to Maryland where he married Rebecca Baltzell, who was only 16 yrs., on March 7, 1816, at the Lutheran Church in Hagerstown, Maryland. They then returned to Tennessee, settling in Hawkins County, and had the first five of their twelve children. They moved to Meade County, Kentucky in 1829, where one daughter was born and died, then moved to Carrollton, Greene Co., Illinois, in 1832, where they lived until 1835. They lived in Burlington,Des Moines Co., Iowa from 1838 to 1847. In 1846, John sent two of his sons, Raymond & Coriolanus (known as Crill) to Oregon. They were so impressed with the climate, beauty & possibilities of the future of Oregon (per Crill's granddaughter, Zella) that they persuaded their parents & siblings to go West. In 1847, at the age of 60, John, his wife and adult children gathered their belongings together one last time for what was to be their final journey West. They took the Oregon Trail and arrived in what was later to become Albany, Oregon on October 16th, 1847. The Burkharts were one of three founding families of Albany, the other two being the Monteiths and the Hacklemans. John Burkhart donated land for the post office and became, in return, the first post master. He donated land for the first school. One of his daughters, Charlotte (Burkhart) Layton, was the first school teacher in the area. He also served as a judge and school commissioner. Alas, his daughter, Charlotte, tragically died just seven years after arriving in the little town of Albany, in 1854. She is buried at Riverside Cemetery, along with her husband, Davis Layton, and their children. Others followed, including John Burkhart himself, on Sept 30, 1856, two weeks after his 69th birthday. He did not get to see Oregon become a state, something he had solicited for, but he lent assistance in the planning of roads and aided in determining boundaries per the archives of the Oregon State Library. Also, a letter he wrote to his brother, Peter Burkhart, who had remained behind in Tennessee, dated June 20, 1854, described Oregon's beauty in such a way that it was used to encourage pioneers to come settle the Oregon territory and the original letter is at the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. John Burkhart is buried at Riverside Cemetery along with his wife, Rebecca, many of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Other children and their descendants are buried in Lebanon, Buena Vista, Knox Butte and Brownsville as well as other areas in and around Salem, North to Portland, East to The Dalles, West to Newport & Warrenton at the Oregon Coast and Ashland to the South where many more still live today and so, the Burkhart legacy lives on.
John Burkhart is my great, great, great grandfather. His son, Leander Columbus Burkhart, married Melissa Ann Davidson. They are my great, great grandparents. They were blessed with six children, one of their daughters, whom they named Nellie Olivia, is my great grandmother. She had a daughter by her 2nd marriage she named Pearl Laura, a lovely name for a beautiful girl. She was to become my grandmother. Pearl Laura Baker married Harry Hoyt Taylor on July 12, 1914. They were blessed with two daughters, the younger one being Patricia Jean. She married and I am the 2nd one born to her. And that's the story of how I became me, Kathie Lynn Webb. "If not for Thee, there would be no Me."
(Margaretha) Rebecca Baltzell Burkhart (1800 - 1884)*
Raymond Sanderson Burkhart (1817 - 1888)*
Calvin Peter Burkhart (1819 - 1907)*
C (Coriolanus) D (Domaras) Burkhart (1821 - 1881)*
Leander Columbus Burkhart (1823 - 1875)*
Charlotte Elizabeth Burkhart Layton (1826 - 1854)*
Volumna Vitturia Burkhart (1829 - 1831)*
Catherine Jane Burkhart White (1832 - 1859)*
Loueasa Matilda Burkhart Thompson (1836 - 1907)*
John Baltzell Burkhart (1838 - 1914)*
Rebecca Ann Burkhart Gay (1841 - 1919)*
Augustus Henry Burkhart (1843 - 1844)*
George Washington Burkhart (1845 - 1905)*
In 1959, a marker was dedicated to John Burkhart as he had fought in the War of 1812. His great granddaughter, Zella M. Burkhart, gave a speech from which I have been able to obtain information used to complete and correct his memorial. Zella Burkhart taught school in Albany for many years and is buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Albany, Oregon with her parents, sister and brother.
Maintained by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Originally Created by: David J Bollman
Record added: Jun 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27447002