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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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Bruce Nuckowski
Re: David Vivian Currie
Thank you for the excellent bio for this fine Officer. Bruce
Added by Bruce Nuckowski on Jul 09, 2015 3:03 PM
Andrew Patterson
Regarding Wilfrid Laurier Memorial
I was in Ottawa on vacation and was wondering if you would like to add the grave stone picture of Sir Wilfrid Laurier to the memorial you have on find a grave. It is actually real nice and wouldn't spoil the memorial page at all. If so. I will send you a picture via your email contact and you can add the photo yourself.
Added by Andrew Patterson on Jul 02, 2015 9:21 AM
Yes, my mistake I got my E names mixed up. I dearly love her books. Thanks again. I leave flowers for her and her family here on this site, I have yet to visited Ross Bay Cemetery. I am a 4x great granddaughter of Isabella Ross who owned the land. Best regards: Jeannie
Added by Jeannie on Jun 18, 2015 8:22 PM
Edith carr
Thanks for the great bio for Edith Carr, it makes her page more memorable.
Added by Jeannie on Jun 18, 2015 8:57 AM
Pam James Carpenter
RE: Marcus Forrester, the Blind Preacher
They said I missed you by about 90 seconds! I went back for the singing on Sunday and missed you again. You'd already left to go to Gina's. Maybe next year!
Added by Pam James Carpenter on May 27, 2015 6:10 PM
Pam James Carpenter
RE: Marcus Forrester, the Blind Preacher
No, I cannot figure out who he was. Are you coming to Pisgah Decoration Sunday?
Added by Pam James Carpenter on May 21, 2015 8:24 PM
Bryan Family Cemetery (Old)
Have been reading some of your bio's in this cemetery.
I do NOT disagree with anything you have said.

This is just a note, in case you missed it, about a piece a few years ago on the removal of Daniel & Rebecca Boone from the cemetery and the stealing of the bodies to Kentucky.

They were dug up in the middle of the night, and taken without state or family permission. I seen over 30 family bibles and their entries, and interviewed over 100 family descendants. In Ashville, MO and all around here (Warren, Montgomery and St. Charles counties).

The History Channel piece is interesting in that they got permission to dig up the remains in Kentucky and did DNA tests. Their conclusions were limited, but interesting.
Findings were: One Negroid male and one Caucasian female are buried in Kentucky.

Every family member I talked to still insists Daniel is still in the Old Bryan Family Cemetery..they also insist Kentucky got an old slave and Rebecca.

Though you would enjoy the tid-bits
Added by Yosemite on May 20, 2015 5:50 AM
Lacy McCoy Freeman
Thanks for letting me know I had duplicate memorials for her. I deleted the second one.
Added by Rose on Apr 22, 2015 3:38 PM
John ... for Family & Friends
Sister Rosetta
William: just caught your bio on Sister Rosetta. I confess I was ignorant of her, her talent and accomplishments until PBS. Well written but most succinct. Take care and thanks ! John
Added by John ... for Family & Fri... on Mar 21, 2015 12:06 PM
Pam James Carpenter
Smith Lake Graves
Another thing I'd wondered about with some of the graves at Pisgah...I've read somewhere (wish I'd saved it!) that several graves were relocated that were going to be destroyed when they created Smith Lake. The article said that if the TVA officials could not find family members, they were just moved to local cemeteries.

I think they started all that in the late 50s/early 60s and Smith Lake was pretty much finished by 1963.

Have you ever heard that? Thought it might explain some of the unmarked graves at Pisgah and Jones Chapel...

Added by Pam James Carpenter on Mar 11, 2015 9:19 AM
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