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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. 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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Love the memorial you wrote about Philip Seymour Hoffman. He is missed
Added by Ishi on Oct 28, 2014 5:56 PM
Virginia Ginger Coats Bass
Gen Roy Stanley Geiger
I joined find a grave in order to research my family. It said you did the bio on Gen Roy Stanley Geiger. This was my great grand mother: Eddie Geiger Coats's brother. I am a single mom with out much family and have been learning how to find history. Finding this page made me so very proud. Thank you very very much.
Added by Virginia Ginger Coats Bas... on Oct 19, 2014 8:31 PM
Townsend, Frank C. "Cap"
Townsend, Frank C. "Cap" 89603456
b. Mar. 28, 1890 d. Feb. 17, 1968
Rice Cemetery
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA

Thank you, for the memorial on my Great-Grandfather Townsend:

"Cap, thank you for your military service to our country. You were quite a colorful character, always wanting to pull harmless practical jokes on people. I enjoyed those fossil-seeking field trips that you, my Dad, and I would go on in the northern Indiana/southern Michigan area. I also loved going over to your house on West Franklin Street with my Dad. Your house was like a museum with all of the sea shells, fossils, military swords and insignias, arrowheads, and miscellaneous trivia stuff that you had on display. May you rest in peace.- William Bjornstad"

Although I never remember meeting him, this made me giggle because my Grandmother, Anita Townsend Norviel, had some of these beautiful trinkets and hand-crafted pieces. She would open the curio doors and let us look at the pieces; there were two that I was reminded of in re: his practical jokster side. The first, was a small tin--the lid was on quite tightly so you really had to pull--when the lid came off out popped a green fabric covered snake (which was actually a fabric covered spring)! Scared several of us Grandkids!

Second was the "Bullet Box", to look at it , it looks like a beautiful jewelry box. But, as soon as you lift the lid, the bullets fall apart-off the base; and you think that you have broken one of Grandmaís treasures from her Dad, and it will not go back together! Then, she comes back to your heartfelt tears of apology and shows you how to reassemble it! (It would only reassemble when turned upside down.)

Thank you for triggering these memories, although I donít remember ever meeting him, I knew a part of him through my Grandmother, and saw another part of her as well!

Thank you!
Added by bbranch on Oct 18, 2014 12:30 PM
Another Liberty Baptist Chucrh Cemetery?A
Thanks for all your great work, WIlliam.

I was led intially to find a member of my family at another Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery which is listed in Cullman, AL:

Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery
Cullman County
Alabama, USA

I found no picture there and eventually made it over to this page where I found the picture of what I assume is the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery I was searching for.

Is there, in fact, another one in Cullman?

I do see other members of my family listed there but no photo of the cemetery itself.


Added by James on Oct 09, 2014 12:49 PM
Wendy McIntosh
Greene bio
Thank you so much! We greatly appreciate your assistance.
The bio that you provided otherwise was very good.

Added by Wendy McIntosh on Aug 22, 2014 1:31 PM
Bob K
RE: Mildred Becker Gingras
Hello William,
I appreciate the reply. I'm glad you were able to meet my grandparents. Details: Mildred Becker Gingras born May 01, 1901 Belleville, IL, Married to George J Gingras, Died Aug 16, 1981 in Rockledge, FL. Cremains buried at St. Marks Episcopal Church, Cocoa FL.
Also, their older sister, Marie Becker Okeberg should be listed. I'll have to research her info.
Thanks for the response. Also, I'm in contact with Janie and Lucy fairly often.

Bob K
Added by Bob K on Aug 03, 2014 8:54 PM
Julie Schram
Your write-up on Paul Frees is wonderful.
Added by Julie Schram on Aug 01, 2014 12:00 PM
pam carpenter
RE: THOMAS PICKINS WOODARD - Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery
Thanks for checking. I'm sure I would never have remembered to ask Wayne. Seems like the only time I ever see them anymore is at a funeral!
Added by pam carpenter on Jul 02, 2014 12:08 PM
pam carpenter
RE: THOMAS PICKINS WOODARD - Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery
Yes, that would be me. I think I remember you too, but I got married in 1985 and moved really far away to the metropolis of Nesmith...well Pisgah, actually. I noticed you've taken a few picture of that cemetery too.
Added by pam carpenter on Jun 28, 2014 9:01 PM
pam carpenter
THOMAS PICKINS WOODARD - Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery
Hi, Bill. I was curious if you know whether this Thomas Pickins Woodard used to be called "Pick". I was born in 1960 and he died in 1964, but I have fond memories of a little old man my family called Pick Woodard. He lived at the end of the road on past my Grandma and Grandpa James on down past Liberty Church and he would walk out to their house almost every night.

Pam James Carpenter
Added by pam carpenter on Jun 27, 2014 10:46 PM
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