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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 3x 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, plus another on the way this Fall. 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 & a WWII Veteran, 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, doing research, 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 days. I now have other health issues incl. Reynaud's, back issues & 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 as well as thru out 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 Davidson, Burkhardt, Mayer, Huepfer, & Freiburger 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 studies thru National Genographic, MtDNA & show 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 which has well over 16,000 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 rode at funerals (Veterans 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 site which can be very helpful and have found a wonderful site regarding info on Oregon Pioneers from 1830's to 1855, researched & publ. by Stephenie Flora called "".
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 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 enjoy their playful antics. 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, 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 1st, 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 knees, right ankle & 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 of glasses my vision is corrected to 20/20, and I've been amazed at all I can see ~ Such a miracle!
>> 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.
>>Have been having severe pain issues w/right leg, ankle & foot, have been off my computer much of Oct 2016. Thanks for your patience. Take Care and stay safe, preferably with someone you care about. Spend Time with your Loved Ones while you have them. They are more precious than gold.
>>Oral surgery Oct 31st; have been off for a time in November, healing.
With All Sincerity, Kathie L. Webb Blair
Thank you to all who have visited my family members and left notes for them. Have a happy and safe holiday. Dec 26, 2016.
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August Hintz
The family prefers "Germany" to "Poland" as the family spoke German. Unfortunately Prussia is not an option - Find A Grave has only relatively current place names and the reference is to the city formerly known as Neustettin, not the Kreis.

You referenced Wikipedia to find the place names. I'd like to recommend to you for Pommern place name lookups. He doesn't do everything, but seems to have expanded somewhat beyond the old Pommern & we've found the site to be an excellent reference.

A Kreis Neustettin map is at Gunthard Stubbs has mapped out the church areas - I think after the Hinz brothers left, as some of the churches were not built until the time when Albert's daughters were emigrating but it's very helpful for determining which films might be helpful for research.
Added by jhintz on Nov 21, 2016 4:34 PM
Heather Burkhart
RE: Larry James Burkhart
Hi Kathie! Thank you for replying to my message I was happy to hear about my 3x great grandfather I was so confused on who was related to who i back tracked on my grandfather Robert Marshall to see who his parents were and found Raymond! I also went down to Albany to the museum and they had alot of information,and newspaper clippings and a book I bought called Gem of the Willamette Valley its the history of Albany and it has some neat info on the Burkharts. I don't really know alot about the family either my parents Larry and Kelly were only married 9 months April to Dec 1978 it wasn't until after my dad died that my mom found out she was pregnant with me I was born the following year in August. My mom never knew a whole lot about the Burkharts but has been helpful in what she does know. Betty my grandmother died when I was 9 I never got to meet her there were some family issues that took place after my dad had passed and her and my mom lost contact after i was 6months old she had seen me twice and I dont remember her. I grew up in the Salem area been married and divorced I have 4 beautiful children 1 girl and 3 boys, Hannah is 18,Cody 17,Jordan 15 and Tyler just turned 1! Im so excited that I get to share my family history with them. Thanks again Kathie I hope we can stay in touch.

Added by Heather Burkhart on Nov 15, 2016 6:48 PM
Heather Burkhart
Daughter of Larry James Burkhart
Hi Kathie, My name is Heather Leanne Burkhart and I think my father Larry James Burkhart might be your cousin, I have just started doing family research on the Burkharts and Im really excited to have found this web site with so much family information, thank you so much for all your hard work Im proud to have come from such a wonderful family.
Added by Heather Burkhart on Nov 09, 2016 2:48 PM
RE: Your aunt and uncle
Kathie, Thank you so much for your insightful and kind reply. After reading your thoughts, I realized that I should add my own military service to my biography, which I just did. I think serving our country is becoming more and more important as the years go by. I often take it for granted that most people are veterans or know one and, unfortunately, that is no longer the rule. Thanks for the reminder and the value you place on those who have served. - Best wishes! Christian
Added by Christian on Oct 14, 2016 7:24 AM
Dale and Lucy Gagan Memorials
Dear Kathie.... thank you so much for sponsoring the memorials of Dale and Lucy Gagan. Both were very dear aunt and uncle and I miss them very much to this day. They always had a patriotic display in their home and were loved by so many. God bless you! You were very kind! Thanks again! - Christian
Added by Christian on Oct 10, 2016 1:25 PM
Judy Kuhn
Jeremiah Burnett
My Great,great,great grandfather is Jeremiah Burnett. I heard there was a book that I could order for my family history, but I am not sure where to get it. Do you have that information? My father is Charles Burnett, son of William C. Burnett. I would like any information that you can give me. Thank you, Judy (Burnett) Kuhn.
Added by Judy Kuhn on Oct 08, 2016 2:24 PM
Marci King
Stutzman Relatives
Hi Kathie,
Thanks for the help on Stutzman ancestors. I have accepted your edits and added the news clippings as requested. Good catches all. The unfortunate George was my great grandmother's first husband.

I have the census you mention as I have been working on the family history puzzle for 19 years. Yikes! All the late nights. :)

You might be interested in "" a free global family tree. I just finished a sourceathon where we (globally) sourced over 22,000 people in 72 hours. A fun group of genealogists and it was a great exercise in sourcing citations.

Happy Family History Month!
Added by Marci King on Oct 04, 2016 8:47 AM
Katherine Tate
Phillip Swank
We may be distantly related. I saw your post on the site for Phillip Swank at Sandridge Cemetery. Joseph Hugh Swank was my great grandfather. Katherine Tate
Added by Katherine Tate on Sep 29, 2016 1:28 AM
Names in Stone
Paul Arnold 64077031
Paul enlisted in the Army in 1943 and was shot and killed in Akron IN 1945 where he worked. I am not sure when he was discharged.
Hope this helps.

Added by Names in Stone on Sep 28, 2016 8:47 AM
Pvt Joseph Cervo
Hi Kathie,

Thank you so much for posting a beautiful memorial on Memorial Day for my dear Uncle Pvt Joseph Cervo. Your kind thoughtfulness is very much appreciated!


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