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 Zella Maysel Burkhart

Zella Maysel Burkhart

Harrisburg, Linn County, Oregon, USA
Death 4 Jul 1984 (aged 93)
Albany, Linn County, Oregon, USA
Burial Albany, Linn County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 28764808 · View Source
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Zella Maysel Burkhart (1891-1984) was one of three children born to Crill Davidson and Lola Amelia (Froman) Burkhart in Harrisburg, Linn County, Oregon, on part of the original Coriolanus Domarus Burkhart Donation Land Claim that had been divided between his children. Her older brother, Tommy Leander only lived 3 years, but her younger sister, Verl Eliza Crielle, born just 9 months later, lived a long life as did Zella. Following high school, Zella attended Albany College (which later moved to Portland and became Lewis & Clark College) and, upon graduation, became a qualified teacher, which became her life long career. She taught grade school in Albany, thru out Linn County and in Lane County, Oregon. Zella was fascinated with her family's history and the need to keep it from being lost. She spoke before the Modern Traveler Study Club among countless other ventures. She was deeply involved in the dedication of the Marker of the Soldier of the War of 1812 to John Burkhart (1787-1856), her paternal great grandfather (who died just three years before Oregon became a state), which was dedicated at his grave site on Aug 30, 1959, the centennial year of Oregon's statehood. I would not be surprised if she hadn't traveled to the Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA which holds much Burkhart documentation from when they 1st arrived in the little settlement of Albany, in October, 1847. She felt it was important to give many Burkhart memorabilia to close relatives before her passing after the disappointing outcome of the donation of Maple Lawn Place* in 1964. She never married but lived, at times, with her sister, Verl, who was also a teacher, some of her adult life in the now thriving city of Albany, Linn County, Oregon. She was an independant woman who drove most of her life. Zella was intelligent, good natured, kind and generous once you knew her. My only concern is with regard to certain things she wrote later in her life regarding the Native Americans who lived around the Burkharts who helped settle Albany as they considered them friends and were kind to them, trading food [for example] for woven baskets, etc. The Native Americans often used to sit under the trees in the front yard and would light campfires; the scars from the fires are still on the trees. I don't understand any prejudices towards them as she grew older and can only make allowances for early stages of Alzheimer's which caused her personality change. I, unfortunately, was not able to see her at this time due to job and health issues; how I wish I had. She had a strong Christian faith when she passed from this life to be with her Lord on July 4th, 1984 at the age of 93 years, one month. It must have devastated her sister, Verl, who was now alone until she passed the following year on Oct 17th, 1985. The two sisters share a headstone by their brother and parents at Albany Masonic Cemetery, Albany, Linn County, Oregon. Modified July 1st, 2012
My sister, Nancy, has just located Zella's certificate issued to her by the Daughters of the American Revolution on November 7th, 1930. She was admitted by the Linn County, Oregon chapter by "virtue of her descent from Thomas Rand [her maternal great grandfather], who fought as a soldier" for our Nation's Independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. He was born in Belfast, Ireland and immigrated to the American Colonies, settling in Virginia and fighting as a member in the Virginia Infantry during our nation's War of Independence. Thomas Rand (1746-1825) is buried at the Rand Cemetery, Dearborn County, Indiana. Find a Grave memorial #6344003.
The certificate documents that Zella's middle name was actually Maysel, rather than Mae, and I have amended her memorial to verify this.
Modified December 17th, 2015

*Maple Lawn Place was built and owned by Robert Lee Burkhart [husband of Marguerite [Alderson] Burkhart], a close cousin of Zella (their grandfathers were brothers). The estate was filled with antiques and other valuable items they had inherited, purchased and been given during their lives and their travels around the world. It was donated to the City of Albany to become the "Burkhart Museum", dedicated to their pioneer ancestors who helped settle the town of Albany, Linn County, Oregon. This never happened and the house is now used as a Day Care Center and for meetings. I have the manifest of items donated to their "museum", part of their estate, as well as news articles from the Albany Democrat Herald regarding this. It was very upsetting to many Burkhart friends and relatives, especially to Zella.

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Daughters of C.D. And L. A. [Burkhart]

Gravesite Details Her grandparents were Oregon Pioneers. She shares a headstone with her sister, Verl.

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