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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 famous@findagrave.com and provide them with the required changes/corrections.
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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.
Sheila
Added by Shaton Jackson on Dec 24, 2014 2:43 PM
Shaton Jackson
greetings
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.
Sheila
Added by Shaton Jackson on Dec 24, 2014 9:10 AM
K
Merry Christmas
Bill,

I just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015 to you and your wife. Thank you again for all your help this past year or so. It is greatly appreciated my friend.

Kris
Added by K on Dec 23, 2014 11:44 AM
Lucy Caldarelli
RE: Famous Bios
Many thanks William. Best regards and Merry Christmas for you and your family.
Lucy
Added by Lucy Caldarelli on Dec 15, 2014 7:28 AM
LeRoy Larson
RE: Borgny Bjornstad Larson
That's what Sanford's kids tell me too. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Added by LeRoy Larson on Dec 12, 2014 2:09 PM
Joy Cornwell
OLIN D. JOHNSTON
OH. YOU DID IT.
Thank you so much. It looks so like it was easy since it seems like I just asked you for the bio.
I cannot thank you enough.
Joy Skipper Cornwell
May the Lord be with you
Added by Joy Cornwell on Dec 11, 2014 7:08 PM
N.J "Joanna" Patterson
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Thanks for the excellent job you did on Philip Seymour Hoffman biography.
Added by N.J "Joanna" Patterson on Dec 06, 2014 2:09 PM
RoseBud
JFK
Thank you for the extremely well written biography of John F. Kennedy. You handled the explanation of his assassination as well and as honestly as I have seen. I am going to read other bios you have written.
Sincerely,
RoseBud
#48448869
Added by RoseBud on Nov 22, 2014 9:14 AM
Joy Cornwell
RE: MENDEL RIVERS--OLIN JOHNSTON
That would be wonderful. I had no idea you would take it on. Thanks a million.
Joy
Added by Joy Cornwell on Nov 21, 2014 2:37 PM
Joy Cornwell
MENDEL RIVERS--OLIN JOHNSTON
I don't know what possessed you to write such a wonderful description on Mendel Rivers who is not really related to me but in my records, but I would love for you to write something as spectacular on a cousin of mine Governor Olin Dewitt Talmadge Johston also of South Carolina. Is that too much to ask. NO is ok if you don't or can't or whatever.
Added by Joy Cornwell on Nov 20, 2014 11:17 AM
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