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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 & Ancestry.com 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 MyHeritage.com 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 "Oregonpioneers.com".
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 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.
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, May 12, 2017.
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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.

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

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

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=144928574

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
Frank R. Adamski
RE: Thank You!
Kathie,

You are very welcome. Your Dad and mine had a lot in common. They were close in age, fought in WW II in the Pacific theater, were Fire Fighters and both retired around 1982.

I also agree with your feeling about the Find A Grave site; it is cathartic, and allows us to visit our loved ones' memorial pages and leave notes to them and others' loved ones out of respect for lives well lived.

I'm sure our Dad's have looked each other up, and are reliving their shared memories of WW II and their Fire Department service.

You take care as well.

My best regards, Frank
Added by Frank R. Adamski on Jul 09, 2017 2:38 PM
Connie Mazur
Charles Webb Born 1767 VA
Hi Katie,
I am researching my Webb ancestors and traced them back to Cyrus who's father is supposed to be Abel in TN that only notes my cousin has is he married Jane in Union SC in 1802. Anyways it's uncanny that Charles married Catherine Stribling at the same place in 1802. I just wondered what your ID is on Ancestry.com to see if my DNA matches yours. My email is connie-mazur@charter.net if you are willing to share that ID with me. Thanks, Connie Oh, my GGrandmother is Martha Ann Webb daughter of Elisha from AK, married Frederick Joyner and moved to TN. I know that family has an Abel and Elisha but my GGGrandfather Elisha was Elisha A not Elisha B. And with Abel married to a Jane it doesn't exactly match.
Added by Connie Mazur on Jun 24, 2017 6:48 PM
Paul Webber
Theodore I. Sherrill
Re: https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81836227

Thank you for sponsoring the Memorial of Lt Theodore I. Sherrill. Are you related?

Regards,
Paul
Added by Paul Webber on Jun 22, 2017 6:05 PM
Suzy & Rob
Isis & Samuel Stuart
You can find Arizona birth and death certificates here:

http://genealogy.az.gov/
Added by Suzy & Rob on Jun 18, 2017 7:09 PM
Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Liggetts
What is the primary documentation on the changes for the sites below--tombstone inscriptions do not verify & finding no death record for Anna in Yakima county, Washington.

Anna Liggett
Sent by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Jun 01, 2017 3:11 PM
Death Place:
unknown
Death Place:
Yakima County
Washington, USA

Joseph Liggett
Sent by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Jun 01, 2017 3:08 PM
Middle Name:
Middle Name:
H.

Anna Liggett
Sent by: Kathie L. Webb Blair
Jun 01, 2017 3:09 PM
Middle Name:
E. Middle Name:
Elizabeth
Added by Mayflower Pilgrim 332 on Jun 02, 2017 3:51 AM
Ricky Joe
RE: Major Looney memorial
Thank you for sponsoring his memorial!

Added by Ricky Joe on May 31, 2017 10:21 AM
MN Researcher
RE: Reuben Simpson
Many thanks for your kind remembrance of a forgotten soldier. God bless!
Added by MN Researcher on May 30, 2017 6:55 AM
Tony
RE: Memorial Day
Hi Kathie,
Thank you very much for sponsoring some of the memorials I'm taking care of.
The Echo 2/3 Marines Virtual Cemetery is where I remember several of my friends that died in Vietnam.
Thank you for all your work as well.
Tony #47235247
Added by Tony on May 26, 2017 5:19 PM
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