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Loueasa Matilda Burkhart Thompson
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1836
Carrollton
Greene County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 15, 1907
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Loueasa Matilda Burkhart was one of twelve children born to John and Rebecca (Baltzell) Burkhart, early Oregon pioneers who helped settle the tiny township of Albany in the Oregon Territory, arriving when Loueasa (who preferred being called "Lou" or "Laura") was only 11 years of age. She had been born in Carrollton, Greene Co., Illinois in 1836, as her family had progressively traveled westward from Tennessee towards Oregon, stopping in Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and then taking the Oregon Trail in 1847, arriving in Albany in October of that year. As her father was a veteran of the War of 1812, he was granted a donation land claim. As her older brothers stated they would stay & work the land in the Willamette Valley, they were also granted donation land claims. Per a letter from her father, John, to his brother, Peter, who had chosen to remain behind in Tennessee, written in 1854, they had 640 acres each, amounting in all to 3,200 acres in the Albany area. His son Raymond and a daughter's husband, Mr.Layton, had chosen to settle more towards what would later become known as Lebanon with land totaling 6,480 acres. He spoke of the land and it's bountiful creatures and fish, woods and berries to the extent that the letter was published and used to encourage persons to head for Oregon, which they did, in droves, as opposed to heading towards the gold rush in California. The original is at the Bancroft Library in Berkeley, CA. Mr. David M. Thompson of Rushville, Indiana
arrived in Oregon in 1852, when he was 19 yrs. old and Loueasa was 17. In 1855, they married, on July the 9th. {She went by the name Laura when they obtained their marriage license in Linn County.} The couple had two children from their union, a daughter they named Harriett Louise, who was born in 1859 and a son they named Edward, who was born in 1862. Harriett didn't like her name either and always went by Hettie Louise. Both Hettie and Edward attended college. Hettie, after graduating from college, met a nice dentist named Dr.Charles Ritchey Templeton. They married on July 31st, 1879 and, on Nov 9th of that same year, 1879, David Thompson, father of Hettie & Edward, and husband to Laura, passed from this life. He was only 46 years old. The cause of his death is not known. He was buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Albany. Laura, (Loueasa), was a widow at the age of 43. Her son, Edward, was part of the real estate & banking firm of Hartman & Thompson in Portland, and Hettie was living with her husband whose thriving dental practice was in Portland.
Laura remained in Albany and it was there that she met James Hearst Foster, a widower, whose wife, Martha, was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Albany. He was a "leading businessman" in Albany, per her obituary, probably in the Albany Democrat-Herald in Jan 18,1907. They married Aug 10, 1882, but their marriage was to be a brief one as James Foster died June 12th, 1888. He was buried with his 1st wife at Riverside Cemetery in Albany. Laura was again a widow & moved to Portland to live with her daughter, Hettie, and her family at *571 Glisan Street*. Remember, this is the older type of address, before the streets were changed to NE, SE, NW & SW, etc. Loueasa "Laura" did get to see her grandchildren by Hettie and her husband, Charles, a dentist. There was the 1st child, an infant son who was stillborn in 1882, & Charles Edward, who would follow in his father's footsteps and become a dentist in the Seattle, WA area. And there was Marguerite, who would attend University of California at Berkeley, studying French & receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley, completing her graduate work at Columbia University in New York City and receiving her Master's degree from University of Calif where she taught French. She would meet Professor Laurence Ellsworth Dodd, physics professor at UCLA for 33 years, a Masonic Lodge member and both long time Beverly Hills Community Church members. They would retire to Port Angeles, Washington and, upon his death, Marguerite would move to the little town of Sequim, in Clullam County, WA until she passed away two years later, in 1985.
Loueasa "Laura" Matilda (Burkhart)Thompson Foster passed away at her daughter's home in Portland on Friday morning, Jan 18, 1907. Her funeral was held at her daughter's home and then her remains were brought back to Albany by train to be buried at the Masonic Cemetery. She was buried next to her 1st husband, David M. Thompson, under the name of "Loueasa, Wife of D M Thompson". Her baby boy was buried at River View Cemetery in Portland with his mother, Hettie Louise Templeton, his father, Dr. Charles Ritchey Templeton, his sister, Marguerite Templeton Dodd, and her husband, Laurence Ellsworth Dodd.
It is interesting to note that when Loueasa's daughter, Hettie, married Dr. Charles Ritchey Templeton she married into another pioneer family which, like her's (Burkharts), had come to Oregon in 1847. The Templetons settled and homesteaded in the Brownsville area, just south of Albany, where the Burkharts had settled. Both the Templetons and the Burkharts strongly believed in the importance of good educations for their sons & daughters.I am sure they would have known each other due to the fact that they were neighbors & related by marriage. The Burkharts also had a strong faith in the Lord, which sustained them through many trials & tribulations of living in a new land further west than they'd been before. They practiced both the Baptist, Congregational and Lutheran faiths. They were very close friends with the Davidsons, who produced a number of fine ministers and were close friends of Rev. Carter Tarrant, a relative of Melissa (Page) Davidson. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Burkhart (1787 - 1856)
  (Margaretha) Rebecca Baltzell Burkhart (1800 - 1884)
 
 Spouses:
  David M Thompson (1833 - 1879)
  James Hearst Foster (1824 - 1888)
 
 Children:
  Hettie Louise Thompson Templeton (1859 - 1940)*
 
 Siblings:
  Raymond Sanderson Burkhart (1817 - 1888)*
  Calvin Peter Burkhart (1819 - 1907)*
  Coriolanus 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)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Loueasa, Wife of D M Thompson
 
Burial:
Masonic Cemetery
Albany
Linn County
Oregon, USA
 
Maintained by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Originally Created by: David J Bollman
Record added: Aug 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28832672
Loueasa Matilda <i>Burkhart</i> Thompson
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Loueasa Matilda <i>Burkhart</i> Thompson
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Loueasa Matilda <i>Burkhart</i> Thompson
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: May. 28, 2014
I found a lovely advertisement that Edward and his partner had issued, listing a housing development here in Portland around the turn of the 20th Century. I'd like to know where it was, exactly, how close to where I live now. With affection from Leander's...(Read more)
- Kathie L. Webb Blair
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