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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 three beautiful granddaughters. 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 17,000 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 other sites 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 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, due to severe pain that was out of control; she had no quality of life & it was the "responsible" thing to do, but I've missed her so very much. My sister checked different sites for kitties needing a good home and she & 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, 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, 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 had issues with my knees, right ankle & foot that need to be dealt with surgically. On May 3rd, 2017, my surgeon did 4 bone grafts to fuse & stabilize my right foot. Bones from Organ Donors were used and I'd like to THANK all who agreed to having their Loved Ones as ORGAN DONORS; I WILL NEVER KNOW WHO THEY ARE, but am GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SELFLESS DEED as their Loved One lives on in others!!! I also am an Organ Donor. I am still healing.
Thanks to all of you for your sweet notes, thoughts and prayers. They mean more to me than you'll ever know. <<<<
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.
With All Sincerity, Kathie L. Webb Blair, AUG 14, 2017.
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Happy birthday, Kathie. May this be your best year ever!


Added by SSBJ💔 on Sep 29, 2017 10:16 PM
Eleanor Simpson
RE: Fred Oliver Baker
Hello Kathie,

I am no related. I have been working with the City of Sumas trying to organize and verify their cemetery records. Unfortunately there are no early records so we are are relying on Ancestry, obituaries and some older residents for clarification.

With regards to the Baker family, we have the headstones for

Alfred Baker Jun 14 1903-Oct 14 1982
Frances S "Jensen" Baker Mar 3 1911- June 11 1999

Carrie Jane "Christenson" Baker Mar 27 1871-Aug 5 1958
Frank R Baker 1871- May 13 1958

Alfred Baker Jul 30 1843-Aug 12 1911

What we are trying to figure out is Frank has a headstone "Mother" above his headstone and who is mother? His mother Sarah I think died in De Moine Iowa but there is another Christenson Mattie buried in this lot and is it could be his and Carrie's mother?

If you have any insight I'd really appreciate any help. In the meantime
we will continue to pursue our research into who this could be.

This started out as taking a few photos for people and has turned into a full time project , but it very fulfilling when people like you can fill in your family histories. Gone but not forgotten.


Added by Eleanor Simpson on Sep 22, 2017 1:13 PM
Joseph Swallow
RE: Elijah Barton Davidson, Jr.
Kathie, I am aware it was Elijah Barton Davidson, Jr who discovered the Oregon caves. Had I implied otherwise somewhere?
Added by Joseph Swallow on Sep 11, 2017 6:13 PM
RE: Archie Sherrill
Good news! Glad to hear it...thanks!

Added by SueMac2 on Aug 30, 2017 2:04 PM
RE: Archie Sherrill
No problem.
I only saw this when trying to determine a "most likely cemetery in the area" for someone else. I look at the numbers so when I see only 1, or 2 memorials in a cemetery with a very similar name to another cemetery with many more, I stop and first search for duplicates...then for same surname...and go from there if I have time.

Glad to know Archie will soon be joining others...maybe family. :)

Added by SueMac2 on Aug 27, 2017 4:01 PM
RE: Sponsoring Corintha Lewis
You are very welcome. I try to sponsor all of my direct ancestors, when they are not already being sponsored. It is my way of honoring those who came before us and made us what we are today. Regards, Linne
Added by Velcro on Aug 16, 2017 8:09 PM
RE: Thank you again!
You are very welcome. I try to sponsor all of my direct ancestors, when they are not already being sponsored. It is my way of honoring those who came before us and made us what we are today.
Added by Velcro on Aug 15, 2017 9:29 AM
James K. Cook
RE: Cora (Dalton) Shockley
Happy to help!
Added by James K. Cook on Jul 29, 2017 8:37 AM
Jennifer Brackenbury Boger
RE: photo of Karen Paschell Gamble
Thank you for your nice note, Kathie. I wish I had known Karen personally; actually she was a third cousin -- her great-grandmother, Emma Brackenbury Flanders, was the sister of my great-grandfather, Lester Brackenbury -- and almost exactly my age. I have a lot of family ties to Independence, Missouri, and have traced a lot of my Brackenbury kinfolk to Oregon, but have never had the chance to meet as many as I'd like. It sounds as though you were a very good friend to Karen.

Added by Jennifer Brackenbury Boge... on Jul 18, 2017 12:36 PM
Frank R. Adamski
Sponsoring Richard Pough's page

That was very nice of you to sponsor the founder of the Nature Conservancy, Richard Pough's Find A Grave memorial page.

He was an amazing guy, who saw a need, and took action to help preserve vast amounts of natural habitat, helping innumerable plant and animal species survive.

Best regards, Frank
Added by Frank R. Adamski on Jul 09, 2017 3:49 PM
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