The eldest child of Samuel Henry Burr and Rosetta Simpkins, Levatta Alvena "Lena/Leva" Burr married Elmer VanSickle in Nettleton, Caldwell County, MO on 15 April 1900.
Any information or stories of this family, their ancestors, or descendants would be greatly appreciated:
When the Sam and Rosetta Burr family left Kansas in 1909 for Oregon, Lena stayed with her husband in MO. Reportedly, they came to Oregon to "make their fortune" logging. They would seem to have been subsistence farmers in the early days, logging when the work was available, with seasonal trips to the Yakima area of Washington State to pick apples. After stays in several places in southwestern Oregon, they eventually settled in the Silverton area, near Salem, and the family spread out from there. Sam and Rosetta are buried in unmarked graves in the Pioneer Cemetery in Salem, OR. Their son Robert Orrin's wife, Ruby Mae (Casebolt) Burr, was my grandmother Strickland's sister, and I am somewhat familiar with this branch of the family. A couple twigs on this family tree have achieved a certain notoriety in the food world.
Samuel Henry Burr, probably the son of Ezra Burr and Angelina Flemming, was born on 12 Aug 1859 in IA. He died on 28 May 1934 in Silverton, Marion, OR from a "sudden death -- probable coronary troubles"; an autopsy was "not allowed". He was likely buried on 30 May 1934 in an unknown and unmarked grave in Salem Pioneer Cemetery, possibly in the same lot as his wife.
Samuel married Rosetta Simpkins, daughter of Noah Simpkins and Rebecca Bennett Aturbary / Atterberry, on 12 Aug 1882 in Vernon County, MO. Rosetta was born on 11 Nov 1864 in Illinois. She died on 21 Feb 1933 in Deaconess Hospital, Salem, Marion, OR from following a herniotomy for a "strangulated umbilical hernia with gangrene of ileum". She was buried on 1 Mar 1933 in Salem Pioneer Cemetery (lot FA 12, sp 2 SW), Hoyt & Commercial St, South Salem, Marion, OR.
They had the following children:
i. Levatta Alvena "Lena" Burr was born 14 Jan 1884 in MO.
Levatta married Elmer VanSickle 15 Apr 1900. They were divorced about 1920.
Levatta also married a Scott and a Jordan and perhaps others.
ii. Robert Orrin "Bob" Burr was born on 13 Mar 1885/1886. He died on 14 Mar 1967.
Robert married Ruby Mae Casebolt 18 Jan 1907 in Burden, Cowley, KS.
iii. Charles Frederick "Charley" Burr was born in Sep 1887 in MO. He died in 1951 in OSH, Salem, Marion, OR. He was buried in Bethany Pioneer Cemetery, Silverton, Marion, OR.
iv. Samuel A Burr was born in Aug 1889 in MO.
v. Celia A Burr was born in Nov 1891 in MO.
vi. Otis B "Oat" Burr was born in 18 Jul 1893/1892 in MO. He died in Jun 1968. Otis married Alva [Burr].
vii. Donald T "Don" Burr was born on 8 Jun 1895. He died on 30 Jul 1977.
viii. Alvis "Ben" Burr was born in Mar 1898 in Hamilton, MO. He died in a Salem hospital. He was buried in Salem.
ix. Alvin A "Duck" Burr was born in Mar 1898 in MO. He died in 1950 in OSH, Salem, Marion, OR. He was buried in Bethany Pioneer Cemetery, Silverton, Marion, OR.
x. Ida Burr was born about 1903 in KS. She died in Marshfield. Ida married Fribbey? Tribbie? [Fribley, Freeby].
xi. Orville? Theodore "Ted" Burr was born on 22 Feb 1905 in Burden, Cowley, KS. He died on 26 Dec 1966. He was buried in 29 Dec 1966? in plot SO 2289, Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah / Clackamas, OR.
Each of these children tended to also have large families, with numerous Burr descendants scattered all over Oregon and much of the West.
Oregon City, OR