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Kathie L. Webb Blair (#47399339)
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Bio Photo I became a member of the Find A Grave Community on December 13th, 2010.
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, married Melissa Ann, a daughter of Hezekiah & Melissa Davidson of Polk County, Oregon. They had come to Oregon in the same wagon train. 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 younger sister, Nan, and her cat Lydia; her son & daughter are both married, living in the area, and her daughter made her a grandmother in 2013. I also have an older sister & a son nearby, plus a niece, younger sister & brother-in-law living in California. My father, a WWII Veteran, just passed away on July 9th, 2015. 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, Gholson, 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, 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 & 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 & CA) in 1847 along with portions of the Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon & 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 Johnson Co., Georgia, America, among other places. I wish I knew more and will keep looking. My DNA even shows that I am part Greek, which leaves me completely lost as I haven't found the connection yet. 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 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 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 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 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 "".
**Spend time with your loved ones while you have them. I am so grateful to God for the special people in my life.**
My 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. Thank you so very much. Take care and stay safe, preferably with someone you care about.
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo My Shadow cat, who was badly hurt a few months back, was in terrible back pain like nothing I'd seen other than when a cat was run over. I am 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, 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.
I was in a pretty intense car accident on Feb 17th, which totaled my little Honda (& nearly totaled me). My right leg was broken, 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. 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 & other states. I got home on Mar 23rd, am so happy to be with my sister and kitties again. I am using a walker as I heal, but, One Day at A Time, by the grace of God, as I understand Him, I'm gonna do this.
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L. Webb Blair (& my black cat, Shadow, in spirit), in Portland, Oregon, USA.
My little Shadow passed to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday, Dec 11th,2014.
>>> Four Months Later:
My sister found two young kitties, litter mates & a bonded pair, who touched my heart. We went to see them & brought home Lucy Lu & Willy Wu, full of energy, sweetness, love & purrs. They love to play & are hysterical to watch. Willy loves boxes & paper bags; Lucy loves to carry toys around in her mouth. I will always miss my little Shadow girl, but I know these kitties will help me to heal, giving me all of the affection only a pet companion can bring. I've been back home for a while, getting used to using my wheelchair & walker to get around. I am finally free of my leg cast, wearing a support boot my tendons reconnect and heal. The bills just keep coming.
Thanks to all of you for your sweet notes, thoughts and prayers. It means more to me than you'll ever know.
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L. Webb Blair
(and Shadow, in Spirit, plus Willy and Lucy)
7 May 2015
My father, Robert Leon Webb, Jr., died July 9th. I feel so lost, am so grateful Nan is here.
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Patty Valentino
Dear Kathie,
I came here to Thank You for your visit to Sgt. Manno, Mr. & Mrs. Schuman and Det. Moore, and for the very moving words that you wrote to each of them. But I've come to realize that your own dear father has just passed away, and I would like to offer you, and your entire family my heartfelt condolences on this most profound loss. I am terribly sorry. May the Lord bless all of your with extra strength, peace and comfort at this very sad time. And I would like your dad to know that I thank and appreciate his service to our country during WW II. [My dad was in the Navy and at Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941...yes...another deceased member of the 'Greatest Generation']
I hope your leg is healing as painlessly, speedily and as completely as possible.
God bless you and yours, and condolences to you and yours.
Added by Patty Valentino on Jul 13, 2015 3:03 AM
Git 'Er Dug
RE: One more thing.....

I hope that your foot heals quickly and that you can put everything you've been through since February in your rear view mirror. I know it must be traumatizing in many ways.

Your father's service is appreciated. I can't even imagine the courage it took for him to get through being shot down as well as fighting for our great country. I have a friend who is over 90 now, but was a flight engineer on a B-24 Liberator at age 16. He was in the Pacific as well and saw lots of action. His quiet courage makes him remarkable, and you'd never know that he is a true hero....until you knew him well enough to ask him about his service. Heroes don't brag, and are frequently reluctant to discuss what they have been through.

Thanks for your sweet words. I imagine that you have healed more than your share of people, too!


Added by Git 'Er Dug on Jun 17, 2015 11:40 AM
Git 'Er Dug
Freda Clark Mader
Thanks so much for your kind words for my grandmother.

Added by Git 'Er Dug on Jun 16, 2015 12:00 PM
RE: Sylvia Suter Shorter
Thank you so much for your kind words. People ask me all the time why I put some much time and effort into Find A Grave, and I tell them about letters like yours. Several years ago I was working in Arkansas and knew my GG grandparents were married in that town so hit the web to search for the grave of my GGG grandparents. Found Find A Grave and was hooked. Started photographing cemeteries in the evening when traveling for work and the would fill my lonely nights in the hotel room with something meaningful by putting in the pictures. It just grew from there. I've got over 20,000 people in my tree and I know the graves of a good 50% of those who have passed. I've even used Find A Grave to find relatives' graves in Europe and been able to visit while working over there! I corrected the parental links for Sylvia...Thanks for catching that one!!!
Added by GraveRobber on Jun 02, 2015 9:27 PM
I see you left a token for James Davidson (1760-1841) and say you are a descendant.

I am in contact with Davidson descendants of John Davidson (1796-1883). If you are interested in knowing more please leave me a message via his memorial page here:

John Davidson
Added by SLGMSD on Jun 02, 2015 4:44 PM
Git 'Er Dug
LTC Gene Mader
Thank you for the heartfelt message you left for my Father. Thanks for helping me heal.


Added by Git 'Er Dug on May 22, 2015 11:36 PM
Invenio Sepulchrum
RE: Infant DeBiddle
Hi Kathie, I hope your convalescence is over and you have returned home. We're glad to help, even if it does turn out to be a question mark. I agree the IOOF is an interesting organization and I was not aware of the historical exhibits they have. I will have to check them out soon.

Wishing you continued recovery.

Added by Invenio Sepulchrum on Apr 28, 2015 1:23 AM
RE: Milas Hamilton Brown
Hi Kathie,

Leona Brown married Louis A. Danker in 1903, and after he died she married John W. Sample in 1952. I believe she is buried in Los Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California.

Elsie Brown married Delbert Fouch. I am not quite sure where she is buried, but she also died California, and didn't live too far away from Leona for a while there according to the records I have found.

Added by Kim on Apr 11, 2015 10:39 AM
Patty Valentino
Thank You......

....Kathie for taking the time to visit Sgt. Manno, and helping me keep his memory alive. And Thank You, also for your very profound words to him, which I appreciate so much.
I hope you are feeling better now.
God Bless you and yours, and enjoy the upcoming weekend.
Added by Patty Valentino on Apr 09, 2015 2:58 PM
Michael Dean
Maybe a connection!!!!!!
I am researching my G-G-Grandmother, Isabelle Brown, who was adopted by her cousins:

Charles and Narcissus (Burkhart) McKinney.

Found your pages...and then I find a message from on this list from "Kim" who listed George Brown from Illinois.

Isabelle's father was a George Brown...who was in the Illinois Infantry in the Civil War and Died soon after she was born in 1895.


Can we talk?

-Michael Dean
Added by Michael Dean on Apr 07, 2015 6:03 PM
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