|Kathie L. Webb Blair (#47399339)|
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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. Her son and his wife had a daughter in Sept 2015. 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, 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. 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 walker to get around. The bills just keep coming.
Thanks to all of you for your sweet notes, thoughts and prayers. They mean more to me than you'll ever know.
My father, Robert Leon Webb, Jr., died July 9th. I feel so lost, am so grateful Nan is here. I miss our calls so very much. His memorial is #148924167.
>>>>>I had surgery Sep 25, 2015, having residual pain which hinders the time I can be on my computer. Please bear with me.
With All Sincerity, Kathie L. Webb Blair
November 12th, 2015
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|Larry & Edie Doepel||Ulysis Sherman McCloud Obit|
Hi Kathie! I wanted let you know in advance that I'm emailing you a copy of the obit for Ulysis Sherman McCloud, buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, LaFollette, Campbell County, Tennessee.
I was afraid my email would get dumped into your spam folder and you'd never get the obit!
|John Webber||RE: Alva Amrine, Cortez, Colorado|
I'm in the same situation with much of my family. Your always welcome.
|Linda Davis||Thank you!|
Thank you posting the nice note to honor my father, Thomas H. Davis. Your kindness is most appreciated.
|Carrie and Allen||RE: Jane Jennie Compton|
I'm pretty sure that there are any number of unrecorded burials at Juniper Haven, but have no proof or information about this one, sorry. Unfortunately, I've moved to Salem, so am not likely to make it back to talk to the Crook County folks any time soon, they might have some information.
As for that grave robber, he got a slap on the wrist. The worst part is that I don't think the headstones have been restored yet. I checked last spring and they were still missing. At some point I ought to check with the sheriff's office, I believe that's where they were last stored. The whole thing was just really sad.
Thank you so very much for remembering my family in such a special way.
I'll be praying for you.
Sylvia M. Hertel
|Peggy Soderborg||John Arthur Silvis grave|
Read the bio you included in Margaret R Johnson Silvis find a grave.
Thought you might like to know right next to their grave is the grave of his second wife Margaret L McNeill and her first husband John.
The four of them were life long friends and are buried together.
Peggy Soderborg who dearly loved all four of them.
|Susan McLaughlin||Gaffney/Rebecca Davis|
Dear Kathie: Reading your remarks on Find A Grave for Rebecca Davis Layton Gaffney, I am wanting to ask if you are able to get on Ancestry.com. If so, please go to my tree entitled A-Marcus Price Ellis.......go to Rebecca Davis who also married my 4th GGrandfather John Gaffney. There are documents that might interest you....nothing too clear but enough for searching.
You will find an interesting doc: Family History Gaffney/Layton/and the question of Hannah Wierman.
This info made me look into the line of Hannah Wierman, who is mentioned in the mysterious Layton Bible. Hannah Wierman, it turns out is mother to the first husband of Dolly Madison. And more.
Worth a look, and it you have more information on any of this....let's put our heads together.
|Valenciaღ Asiaღ Angel of Mine💕||Dearest Kathie,|
Our family thanks you for sharing your support and concern for the recent loss of a family member, my Aunt Mary, also my grandmotherís Birthday and Mrs. Jeanís 2nd Angel Day. Your kindness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.
Love and Hugs, Yo
|Joan Kobernik Hoeft||RE: Herbert Andrew Shaw, #132197855|
Thank you for the kind words. You made my day!
Glad you are feeling better.
|MRSLIGHTNINGLEO||RE: re: Shirley A. Tibbits #110134146|
SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF YOUR DAD. IT IS HARD TO LOSE LOVED ONES. I GOT THE EDIT DONE, IF YOU WANT ANY OF THESE TRANSFERRED TO YOU JUST LET ME KNOW, IF NOT THAT IS OK TOO. AND FOR SOME REASON I THOUGHT THE GRAVES WERE IN DEADWOOD, AFTER LOOKING AT YOUR MESSAGE I REALIZE THEY ARE IN SUNDANCE, AND I WAS THERE TAKING PICTURES. I AM SORRY I MISSED YOURS, BUT NEXT TRIP UP I NOW KNOW THE BACK WAY AND WILL SEE WHAT I CAN FIND OUT. HOPEFULLY THE RATTLE SNAKE THAT I NEVER SAW BUT HEARD A COUPLE TIMES WILL BE GONE OR HIBERNATING. RATHER SCARY TO NOT KNOW WHERE IT IS AT BUT TO BE ABLE TO HEAR IT! TAKE CARE.
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