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William Bjornstad (#47016546)
 member for 6 years, 7 months, 15 days
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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. If I have incorrectly stated any information for any memorial that I have posted, please contact me through the Find A Grave message board or E-mail me 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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Elkhart High School Class... (27)
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pam carpenter
Bill: Would you consider transferring my parents and brother's memorials at Liberty to me?

Carl James
Barbara Adair James
Bruce James


Pam James Carpenter
Added by pam carpenter on Jan 25, 2015 7:27 PM
pam carpenter
Geneva H. James
Would you consider transferring my grandmother's memorial to me?

I would like to manage the account of her and my Grandpa Lewis James at Liberty.


Added by pam carpenter on Jan 25, 2015 7:26 PM
pam carpenter
My grandfather is Lewis H. James. Would you transfer management of his account to me?


Pam James Carpenter
Added by pam carpenter on Jan 25, 2015 7:22 PM
Joy LeMay
Thank you
On behalf of General Curtis Emerson LeMay and family.
Added by Joy LeMay on Jan 14, 2015 10:09 PM
Stanley Baker
memorial 909622799
Doc Watson was my second cousin. His grandmother and my grandfather were brother and sister. I met Doc at the Stony Fork Baptist Church on one of my trips from Ohio. The family has always been so proud of him. A transfer of his memorial would be appreciated. I only enter or manage memorials of my family and ancestors.
Added by Stanley Baker on Jan 11, 2015 1:01 PM
Georgia Jernigan
RE: Thanks for Denson Research
I traced my family line back as far as I possible to Thomas Denson of Cheshire England this evolves to William Denson who came to America as an indentured servant and lived in Virginia. I am still working on it and perhaps don't have all the bugs ironed out just yet.
Georgia Denson Jernigan
Added by Georgia Jernigan on Jan 08, 2015 6:24 PM
Georgia Jernigan
Thanks for Denson Research
Thanks so much for your information on the Denson family. I have just recently began to look into my family ancestry and I have found your input to be most enlightening.
Georgia Denson Jernigan
Added by Georgia Jernigan on Jan 07, 2015 5:49 PM
deanna french
Find a Grave; D.L. Moody
Hi William,

I appreciate that you created a Memorial for D.L. Moody, but wonder if you would add his achievements and benefits to his home town, East Northfield, Massachusetts. He 1st established the Northfield Seminary ( later called The Northfield School for Girls), then established the Mount Hermon School for Boys), across the Connecticut River in Gill, Mass ( which has been consolidated into " Northfield, Mount Herman" and is all on the Gill Campus.

I lived across from Moody's birth place as a teen, attended school at NSG, and was well acquainted with several of his descendants.The family is very dear to my heart

Although the Northfield Campus is listed for sale, the Schools will always retain rights to Round Top, Sage Chapel, and the Auditorium.
Added by deanna french on Jan 02, 2015 5:54 PM
Shaton Jackson
RE: greetings
That trip was about 15 years ago before Joe Wheeler's home was restored. I didn't specify when the trip was sorry about that. I think I will see what I can find on the internet on Joe Wheeler's genealogy. You never what you will find.
Added by Shaton Jackson on Dec 24, 2014 2:43 PM
Shaton Jackson
Hello Bill,
Here's wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May God Bless you throughout the new year with good health and supplying your every need. I am grateful and thankful that my health is as good as it is.

I was reading about Joseph Wheeler from Alabama who was a Major General in the Civil War and fought for the USA in 3 other campaigns. I went with a Treadaway cousin of mine on a vacation across Tennessee in the fall of the year. When we got to Memphis we came back though Mississippi and Alabama stopping by Helen Keller's home and Joe Wheeler's plantation home. The home was just like it was when he died in 1906. It was in bad shape due to decay. There was no money available for restoration. A historical society was trying to raise money to restore the home. Since then the home has been restored and visitors can tour the home by scheduling a visit. I wondered if our ancestor Kinchen Windham Wheeler. He's not our blood relative but married to my grandfather Denson's aunt. Do you have any knowledge on the subject of relationship? Joe Wheeler grew up in Cedartown Ga and Kinchen Wheeler Augusta Ga. These towns aren't close to one another but it's still possible they are related.
Added by Shaton Jackson on Dec 24, 2014 9:10 AM
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