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. 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, just 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 life. 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 along with portions of the Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon, Southern 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 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 study thru National Genographic shows 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 MyHeritage.com which has 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 rides 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 familysearch.org 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 "Oregonpioneers.com". **Spend time with your loved ones while you have them. I am so grateful to God for the special people in my life.** My gmail.com 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. Happy Spring and Happy Easter! With All Sincerity, Kathie L. Webb Blair Mar 19th, 2016
Robert Haynes Webb Hi Katie, I have info on his second wife that I'd be happy to share with you. Her maiden name was Bishop and she was a sister to my great grandmother, Eleanora. They were from Dawsonville, Ga. very close to Dahlonega. Contact me and I'll share what I have. Jane Harper
RE: Albany High School Year Book It's available through ancestry.com. Are you a subscriber? If not, you could also contact the area libraries and museums, as they often will have all the local yearbook annuals, though not online.
RE: Thank you my dear friend... I know you are thrilled to get hot water back, Kathie! As many showers as I take a day, I'll go into panic mode if my hot water heater ever goes out. I know how home maintenance goes. While my Craig was living, I never realized how much actually goes wrong. It seems like every week that dawns I have something else go haywire. Mercy! It's a honor to place your grandfather on my featured veterans for BD and AD, so no thanks is necessary. I never met my grandfather, Roy Savage. He had begged and begged my mother to bring me to him, but she had some petty grudge going on with him and Grandma Ella and refused. He passed away when I was 3 months old without ever getting to see me. My step-grandmother, Ella, always said that rebuffing his request broke his heart. I was his second grandchild, but first granddaughter. Have a great first day of Spring tomorrow and a wonderful weekend. Headbonks to your kitties, love and huggles to you and Nan, Suse
Thank You ❤ Dear, dear Kathy, I deeply appreciate your sweet sentiments and token on my Craig's Angel Day. You and Nan are in my thoughts and prayers. Have a great weekend, dear heart. Love and huggles, Suse