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William Bjornstad (#47016546)
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Bio Photo I was born in South Bend IN and raised in Elkhart IN, and moved to southwestern Illinois, near St Louis MO, after a four-year tour with the US Air Force when I graduated from high school. I have always been fascinated by cemeteries ever since I was a young child, especially small family cemeteries. In the last 30-plus years, I have delved into my family genealogy on my father's (Bjornstad) and mother's (Denson) side. My paternal grandfather, Kristian Bjornstad, immigrated from Norway in the early 1900s, eventually settling in eastern North Dakota. His oldest brother had an interest in the Bjornstad genealogy and he compiled the family record into a book and had it published in Oslo Norway in 1943, which traces the family origins to the first king of Norway. I have used it as a reference when submitting memorials for my father's ancestors on Find A Grave. On my mother's side, a distant cousin, Dr. Marion E. Denson of Columbia TN (now deceased) published a genealogy book in 1997 on the Denson families in America, tracing them back to the mid-1600s, when a William Denson came from England and settled in southern Virginia, near the present-day city of Norfolk. This book has been a great source of reference for my Find A Grave memorials pertaining to my Denson ancestors. Additionally, I want to give special thanks to Ronald C. Denson of Birmingham AL (now deceased) who also compiled a genealogy of my Denson ancestors which was very helpful.

I also want to give special thanks to my wife, Angela Bjornstad, for her help in formatting the photos that I have posted to Find A Grave.

I am acceptable to transferring memorials on Find A Grave to anyone who requests them and who is a direct descendant of the person whose memorial I have posted, unless I am also a direct descendant. If I have incorrectly stated any information for any memorial that I manage, please use the Edit tab feature and I will gladly make the necessary correction(s). Also, I do not object if anyone posts pictures to any memorials that I created and still manage.

I do not have the ability to instantly make any changes or corrections to the Famous memorials that I have posted. Only the Find A Grave administrators can do that. If you should find an error on any Famous memorial that is credited to me, please contact and provide them with the required changes/corrections.
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Bob Hufford
RE: Nanc Wake (74617823)
Thank you!! Quite a story....

Added by Bob Hufford on Feb 05, 2016 6:45 AM
Bob Hufford
RE: Famous Memorial for Denise Duval
Every word of it.

This has happened before, and I will get it corrected. I THINK there's a glitch if I submit from work instead of from home.


Added by Bob Hufford on Jan 28, 2016 2:38 PM
General William Smith
Did those administration fools deny General Smith? I don't know what they have against military figures. Four of my military figures from last year which were originally famous were overturned to non-famous. I don't know why they have a military figure section if all they are looking for is Medal of Honor recipients.
Added by C.S. on Jan 24, 2016 12:37 PM
Juanita Arnold
Martha Jane Canary
She is on the 1860 census records with her parents in Missouri. Her parents are Robert Wilson Canary and Charlotte M.Burge they were married in 1855 in Polk County, Iowa. I believe her birthdate is off by four years. Martha's uncle James Thorton Canary married Delilah White. Their son William Emory Canary married Martha Evans daughter of Ratliff Evans and Melissa Jane Voiles. Robert Wilson Canary marriage is in the Iowa marriage. He is listed as R. W. Canary on the 1860 census in Missouri. I don't think Martha Jane Canary knew her birthdate.
Added by Juanita Arnold on Jan 10, 2016 1:46 PM
Jane Kean's bio
Just an fyi, the Honeymooner's aired from 1955-1956.

Happy Thanksgiving
Added by Bunny on Nov 26, 2015 7:02 AM
Warrick L. Barrett
Quentin Roosevelt
Great biographical upgrade! Thank you!
Added by Warrick L. Barrett on Nov 19, 2015 3:41 PM
Kristen Darr
Catharine Eyman
Hi William! I was reading your bio on Catharine. How interesting! I live down the street from that cemetery and have for 20ish years. Her infant son, John Williams, must have been buried with her. There used to be a tiny grave stone next to her and her father's.
Added by Kristen Darr on Nov 08, 2015 8:20 PM
RE: Gen Sam Sims Walker (Memorial #150664585)
Yes, it was overturned back to non-famous. It was initially denied but I appealed to AJ and complained. He changed it to famous but a few days later, it was back to non-famous. Believe me, I am not happy about this, but there is no one to talk to on this site. I get the silent treatment from all the administrators.

Added by C.S. on Sep 15, 2015 2:34 PM
Judy Schaaf
"Vera Vague" Find A Grave Memorial# 60226601
Hi William. Her original name was Marion Barbara Henshall (the name she used for her first marriage, to Bart Yarborough, who was my second cousin). You can find it on their marriage certificate and on the birth certificate of their daughter Barbara Joan Yarborough. I wonder if you might add that fact to her biography, so others looking for her will know to look up records under that name too?

Also, Bart Yarborough was her first marriage, not her second They married in NYC on 11 Aug. 1927. She married #2, Charles Crosby, on 19 Oct, 1931 and had divroced Bart earlier that same year. #3 was Norman W Morrell, married in 1943. Thanks, Judy
Added by Judy Schaaf on Aug 24, 2015 5:52 PM
RE: Julian Bond
Thanks Bill,
I don't know why it was not taken in the first place. I had to resubmit another one.
Added by C.S. on Aug 17, 2015 11:39 AM
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