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Kathie L. Webb Blair (#47399339)
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Bio Photo 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, was married to Melissa Ann Davidson of the Hezekiah & Melissa Davidson family of Polk County. They had also come to Oregon in 1847. 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 sister, and black cat, Shadow. I have an older sister living in Portland. My only son lives in SW Washington. I also have a married niece & married nephew living in the area & a niece, sister & brother-in-law living in California. 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, 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, putting things in order, etc. I was a Social Services Worker for many yrs., but had to retire due to severe migraines; I now have problems with Reynaud's making my hands cold, pretty severe arthritis so I need to have both knees replaced & a right ankle I sprained for the 6th time just Jan 2014. I've been told I have no tendons left which all explains why I am not as mobile as I used to be (and miss it!). I was hoping to get new knees two years ago in 2012, just in time for my 61st birthday, but some other issues arose, including back problems; steroid injections will help, soon, I hope. I've not been able to spend as much time on my family tree & memorials as I'd like, need about a week non stop to catch up. In the mean time, I spend what time I can researching & rediscovering my ancestors who came to Oregon (stopping along the way in VA., TN., MO., ILL., Iowa, TX & CA) in 1847 and settled portions of the Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon. I am finding, via Find A Grave, many more cousins throughout the United States, however, which is really exciting. I am still hoping to hear from my one remaining uncle in the mid West. I have recently found Jewish heritage under the 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. In case you can't tell, 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 or an Angel for them, especially if they have none there, which I find incredibly sad. I ran into a Vietnam Vet at a grocery store 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 miss my son who I haven't heard from since April; he has a good job that takes him out of the state alot and has moved up to Washington. I love talking with my dad, who is a World War II vet, & is now 89, every week. I am so grateful he is still around. I have also heard from relatives whose family came to Oregon about the same time mine did and they settled not too far from where my family did. 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..**Spend time with your loved ones while you have them. I spent time with my nephew and his bride, my niece and her beautiful daughter and my younger sister on Christmas Eve, 2013. It was wonderful. Thank You Father. My niece is married to a very wonderful gentle man she has known & cared about for many years; they welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their lives on Oct 30th, 2013, so my sister is now a grandmother! I am so happy for all of them! I have heard from my sponsor of almost 35 years who has been severely disabled with a broken tailbone. I got a lovely card from her the day after my birthday and I never would've thought my 62nd birthday would've been as great as it was, especially with the storms, but it was great hearing from my son & my dad and my sister made me dinner, so all was good. She also just sent me a Christmas card with an update on how she's doing and that she is, slowly, healing. I am so grateful to God. My knee, ankle, back & foot problems continue to plague me to the extent that I had a cortisone injection in each knee on Oct 1st, 2013 as I'd been bedridden, and it helped. I finally got a new computer back on Sept 1st. I am totally frustrated, not always following my doctor's orders, but trying to. My address has worked out much better although I am checking yahoo about once a month 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. Summer is here with it's hot, going into the high 80's and 90's in Oregon during the day, although it is still somewhat cool at night. I feel badly for all of you back in the Mid West & East who have had such weird weather that just won't quit! Shadow comes and sits on my hair when I'm lying in bed, at night, watching TV, before going to sleep. She purrs and I reach back and pet her; she's so sweet, was 14 yrs. old in April. I've been abstaining so I can get my knees replaced and possibly my right ankle. One Day at A Time, by the grace of God, as I understand Him, I'm gonna do this. Can it really be 50 years since I sat in front of my folk's TV in our livingroom, watching Ed Sullivan and the Beatles came on & sang, "All My Lovin'"? I felt something stir inside me and knew I'd never be the same. I was 12 years old. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I suddenly feel so old. Even Shadow has white whiskers, now. She fell and hurt her back badly so is on pain meds while she heals. I don't know what I would've done if I'd lost her....
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L. Webb Blair (& my black cat, Shadow), in Portland, Oregon, USA. Aug 1st, 2014

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J.Richard Davis
RE: Sgt. Ronald Wayne Burkhart
I will look into it, Ronald was one of my best friends, we grew up together, I know there are many other site on the web that honor him.
Added by J.Richard Davis on Sep 22, 2014 9:02 AM
Sharon Davis
RE: The Ashtons
Kathie, wow, you do have your hands full! I hope and pray your sister will be alright. Back problems are never fun; hope the surgery improved her situation.
Hope your kitty is OK, too. I've got 2 cats myself, and they do leave paw prints on your heart!
Take your time; no rush!!
Added by Sharon Davis on Sep 18, 2014 3:14 PM
Diane Parker
Pvt Charles Samuel Place
Thank you so much for your touching tribute to my Grand-Uncle that you left as "flowers" on his Memorial Page. When I was able to have his page on the "Virtual Tour" I was so hoping that people, like yourself, would be able to read about his short life and his family who loved him and to see the photographs of him and to know of the "Ultimate Sacrifice" that he made for his Country. My Grandmother loved him so much and I grew up feeling as though I had always known him. Another "Place" cousin, Pvt Harry Place (Henry Alexander Frederick Place) #56682495, also gave his life in France for Canada during WWI. We are so grateful to the website for the opportunity to honor our brave soldiers and our other family members. There have been many, many wonderful people like you who have left flowers for Charles.
Thank you again!
Added by Diane Parker on Sep 17, 2014 3:22 PM
Connie WEEAKS Pace
RE: Julia Westbrook
Kathie, Here is the marriage record for Andrew Jackson Gray Westbrook and Julia nee WESTBROOK: August 8, 1849 in Lowndes Co., MS.:
05Nov1850, Lowndes Co., MS
583Westbrooks, Lemuel 49 M plater 12,000 NC
wife, Mary J. 32 F NC
son, James T. 12 M NC
son, Charles Y 10 M NC
dau, Winnefred 8 F MS
dau, Louisa 6 F MS
dau, Martha A. 5 F MS
dau, Mary 3 F MS
Stalling, Kemp 30 M cannot read AL
584 Westbrooks, Andrew J.G. 22 M planter 1,500 TN
wife, Julia 31 F NC
dau, Eugina 8 F MS
daym Jeneva 4 F MS
585 Westbrooks, James H. 40 M planter NC
wife, Penelope 32 F TN
dau, Pricilla 16 F MS
son, William 10 M MS
son, Albert 8 M MS
dau, Louisa 4 F MS
dau, no name 2 F MS
laborer, Moore, William 18 M MS
04Aug1860-West Point, Lowndes, MS
744 Westbrook, Charles Y. 22 M W farmer 10,000 10,000 NC
wife, Rebecca, 19 F W MS
son, Cane 9/12 M W MS
745 Simmons, Alfred 25 M W NC
wife, Martha 20 F W NC
749 Simmons, G.W. 65 M W farmer 3,600 12,000 NC
wife, Hester 55 F W NC
son, Fedrick 32 M W NC
son, Samuel 28 M W NC
son, Williams 14 M W MS
Penina 21 F W AL
dau, Frances F W 15 MS
751 Westbrook, Julia 36 F W 10,000 25,000 SC
dau, Eugenia 15 F W MS S
dau, Geneva 13 F W MS S
son, Vernon 11 M W MS S
Added by Connie WEEAKS Pace on Sep 16, 2014 1:57 PM
Connie WEEAKS Pace
Andrew Jackson Gray Westbrook
Wondering if you can give me some assist. I have a marriage record for Andrew J.G. Westbrook marrying his cousin, Julia nee WESTBROOK (daughter of Charles Westbrook and Winifred nee SIMMONS)on August 8, 1849 in Lowndes Co., MS. One child, Vernon to this union. I see that his memorial is showing Falia STARK as a wife. Can you offer me some opinion? Connie
Added by Connie WEEAKS Pace on Sep 14, 2014 5:23 PM
Mikala Dent
RE: Transfers
Mikala is now Sister Dent she is service the Lord in Tennessee. Some of the people on find a grave have become to pushy and start demanding that she transfer their third cousins 2nd wife to them.(or some other distant relative.) When I tell them she will be gone for two years they get made and report her to find a grave, who tells them she does not have to transfer a person who is not in your first 4 children, parent, grandparent or great grandparent. She didn't mind sharing or transferring but she was not going to be bullied. Now she has given up and said start transferring to the people who left flower on find a grave and that is why you got the people you did.
We are all volunteers here I hate it when people have unrealistic expectation of other people time. If people are a little more polite maybe it would not run off the people who took the time out of the day to go walk around the cemetery and take the pictures. Thanks for taking over!!
Added by Mikala Dent on Sep 11, 2014 6:38 PM
Catherine Booher
I do not have any more information than what is on the memorial. Sorry.
Added by familyroots♡ on Sep 07, 2014 12:47 PM
Sharon Davis
RE: RE Ashton parents
You're welcome, and thanks for the quick response! Now if I could just find out who HIS parents' parents are! Think I know, but can't find proof!
Added by Sharon Davis on Aug 31, 2014 5:13 PM
Tim Allen
William "Julius" Anderson

I've sent a message to the creator of this memorial to add Erick and Inga as his parents. Thanks for letting me know.

Added by Tim Allen on Aug 25, 2014 6:59 AM
Tim Allen
Erick Anderson
Thanks for the info and I've made the correction.

Added by Tim Allen on Aug 25, 2014 6:57 AM
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