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William Bjornstad (#47016546)
 member for 9 years, 4 months, 10 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, 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 corrections. 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.

One final note: Any rude or discourteous messages that are addressed to me on this forum will be ignored AND deleted. I will not respond to them. This also applies to any notes sent to me through a memorial's edit button.
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Elkhart High School Class... (59)
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Messages left for William Bjornst... (192)[Leave Message]
David Eastburn
RE: Adolph Alexander Weinman Memorial# 139184495
William, I should have realized that, F.A.G. likes to keep the famous ones, lol. Thanks for replying. David
Added by David Eastburn on Oct 18, 2017 10:53 AM
David Eastburn
Adolph Alexander Weinman Memorial# 139184495
William, thank you for all your entailed work contributing to Find A Grave. Would you consider transferring management of my Uncle Adolph's page to me? I would greatly appreciate it. David Eastburn
Added by David Eastburn on Oct 17, 2017 2:44 PM
Carolyn Womack
RE: Shadrach P. Barnett
Thank you. I really appreciate that.
Sincerely, Carolyn
Added by Carolyn Womack on Oct 17, 2017 9:27 AM
Carolyn Womack
Shadrach P. Barnett
William, while scanning old family photos, I found one of Shadrach and Martha Barnett. I thought you might be interested in putting it on his memorial, but wanted to get your permission. He and my great-great-grandfather James F. Storey wrote a song "The Mechanic's Call" together, that appeared in a Sacred Harp magazine. I don't know if they were related or not. I haven't found a link yet, but am still researching. Please let me know if you want the photo. I cropped it to also have separate photos of both Shadrach and Martha, so I have one of just him.
Sincerely, Carolyn Womack
Added by Carolyn Womack on Oct 14, 2017 6:34 PM
Jesse Bartlett Oldendorf, USN
Hi William! I haven't been able to confirm Admiral Oldendorf's interment at Arlington, and I see there's no plot number listed in your entry. Do you recall the source of your information? Might he be at the Naval Academy cemetery instead?

Added by DrWong on Oct 08, 2017 2:38 AM
Daniel M. Parkman, Sr.
Fellow Hoosier
Bradford kinfolk as well. From Peru & La Porte, IN.
Added by Daniel M. Parkman, Sr. on Oct 03, 2017 11:06 PM
Jill Bamforth
RE: Albert Gallatin Brown
Okay, I just saw that they did list their elder son under children and thought it was incomplete. Thanks
Added by Jill Bamforth on Oct 03, 2017 10:04 AM
Julio Valle
Captain John Hayes
I was cleaning out my garage a couple of years back and I found what looks to be a log book from Captain John Hayes. I'm not sure how it got there as I purchased this house in 2005 and this book came with the garage. It is not in great condition but it is interesting to see a bit of history about this man. Some of the entries are from April of 1861. If you have an interest in this, please contact me and we can make arrangements to get this to you.


Added by Julio Valle on Oct 03, 2017 9:09 AM
Jill Bamforth
RE: Albert Gallatin Brown
His name was Joseph Albert Brown born 12 Feb 1849 in the District of Columbia. He married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Virden Sullivan (1854 - 1930) Joseph died on 14 Feb 1912 In Seattle, King County, Washington. I have searched for a burial site for Joseph and Lizzie Brown but have not been able to locate them. Would you be able to add Joseph's name to the bio section of his memorial since you are the sponser for his mother Roberta Young Brown? I have searched at the cemetery Albert & Roberta are buried and cannot find them there. My hunch is that they are buried in Seattle somewhere.
Added by Jill Bamforth on Oct 02, 2017 8:27 PM
Jill Bamforth
Albert Gallatin Brown
Albert G. Brown & Roberta Young Brown's 2nd son was Joseph Albert Brown born Feb 12, 1849 in the District of Columbia. He died 14 Feb 1912 in Seattle, King County, Washington. I have not been able to find where his grave is.
Added by Jill Bamforth on Oct 02, 2017 10:17 AM
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