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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. Her son and his wife are expecting a daughter in Sept. 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.
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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. 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. I miss our calls so very much. His memorial is #148924167.
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Nicholas W
Bernice Donnell Warters
Kathie,

Thank you so much! I will consider transferring Bernice's memorial to you, but she was my great-grandmother so I hope you can understand if I decide not to transfer her. I am Thomas's grandson. Raymond is my great uncle.
Added by Nicholas W on Aug 26, 2015 6:49 AM
ccdesan
Minnie Meears
Deleted duplicate record, but transferred gravestone photo to the better memorial because it shows more detail. If you manage the memorial, you might consider deleting the more washed-out picture. Thanks for the notification.
Added by ccdesan on Aug 24, 2015 10:29 PM
Forestier
RE: Thank you
My precious kitty is 5 years old this month. I'll relay your compliment to her and send a big meow to yours. Smokey here all week, although some relief today. Wishing you blue skies.
Added by Forestier on Aug 23, 2015 6:24 PM
Forestier
RE: Major Pierson Barton Reading
Kathie, my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. You are mourning a great loss, yet you take time to offer kind words to a stranger. Thank you and bless you. You are a ray of sunshine. M. Forestier
Added by Forestier on Aug 23, 2015 3:28 PM
B.J. Waters
John Burkhart
Hello! I am about to fulfill your photo request but unfortunately, it is a photo of the area, only. His grave is unmarked. I placed some flowers where the spot is, so that you can see in the photo the location of his grave. There are a lot of unmarked graves in this older part of the cemetery, as you can see in the photo, there are lots of empty spaces between markers.

I am sorry this was not a more positive outcome. I am always disappointed when there is no marker.

Best regards,
B.J.
Added by B.J. Waters on Aug 16, 2015 9:20 PM
Kyle McCullough
Illegible Bodine
So after a 3 year hunt I Finally found "Illegible Bodine". Hes not as Illegible as people thought. Just takes some time to read his stone which is quite illegible to the naked eye. But not to Paper and a crayon ;). so far whats been made out is his name is "Charles Bodine" and he died in the 1870s. Before i post any of the photos im going to go do the crayon etching and get the rest of the information. I will put up pictures of the grave and crayon etching as soon as im finished with it. It would be an honor to return this mans Identity to him.
Added by Kyle McCullough on Aug 16, 2015 5:53 PM
Lori Nash-Kanitz (Angel Becky's Mom)
Thank You

Your note for my daughter Rebecca Rose Wirtz was so beautiful! I too was in a car accident. I was 7 and broke my neck. Hang in there! My father also passed on July 9th, but it was in 1980. I miss him so, but he is with my little girl and he was there to greet her - and that comforts me. I wish you a speedy recovery!
Added by Lori Nash-Kanitz (Angel B... on Aug 13, 2015 12:24 PM
Brenda A. Darbyshire
Transfers
I do not mind transferring to you, but....I need for you to have the headstones on the top! I noticed others you could hardly find the headstones and that is what Find A Grave is all about! I have had several lazy folks request a photo and it was already there at the bottom. Folks just do not take the time to look! Thanks, Brenda
Added by Brenda A. Darbyshire on Aug 11, 2015 3:10 PM
Geno-seeker
W. Roger Webb
Thank you for contacting me about the error on this page. Unfortunately, I am not able to fix this problem since the connection was made on the Infant Webb's page. I'll put in a request on that page to remove him as the father, but that is all I can do. Thank you so much!
Added by Geno-seeker on Aug 09, 2015 10:04 AM
Patty Valentino
Condolences....
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 again...my condolences to you and yours.
Sincerely,
Patty
Added by Patty Valentino on Jul 13, 2015 3:03 AM
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