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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.

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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Billie May
Calamity Jane.
Billie May here. May I have you write me to my Could not bring you up, from find a grave.
Thank you.
Billie May.
Added by Billie May on Aug 16, 2017 4:14 PM
Billie May
Martha Jane canary (Calamity jane)
Hello William, Just like to say, that your Boi on Martha Jane Canary, was interesting to read. Would like you to know, I have evidence, from a 1863 school book, (that I have) that was found in Butler Township, Mercer Co., Missouri in an Antique shop, which has Martha Jane's handwriting in it. She was a very well educated in writing and reading. I do research and have found a lot of information on her, that no one knows about.
Just thought you would like to know.
Billie May.
South Dakota.
Added by Billie May on Aug 15, 2017 3:48 PM
Jerry O
Thomas James Kinsman MOH Army
He is not on the VIP find a grave for Washington state. I read his obituary for Toledo,Wash. His wife and parents are buried in St Francis Xavier Cemetery.
Added by Jerry O on Aug 13, 2017 9:52 AM
Paula Evans
RE: Photos Requests in Southern Illinois.
Franklin County a little far away, too?
Added by Paula Evans on Aug 11, 2017 11:41 AM
Paula Evans
RE: Photos Requests in Southern Illinois.
Hi, Are you a little far away from: Williamson County and Union County, too? Thank-you.
Added by Paula Evans on Aug 11, 2017 11:39 AM
Paula Evans
Photos Requests in Southern Illinois.
Hi, Are you close to or somewhat close to these following cemeteries?

I have 1 photo request in at Drake Cemetery, New Burnside, Williamson County, 1 photo request in at Egyptian Memorial Gardens, Energy or Herrin, Williamson County, and I have 2 photos requests in at: Ebenezer Hall Cemetery, Union County and 2 photos requests in at: Anna Cemetery, Union County.

Are you familiar with: Denning Cemetery, Xenia, Clay County, Illinois, too? I have 2 photos requests in it too also.

Are you familiar with: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Orient, Franklin County, Illinois, too? I have 1 photo request in it too also.

Please kindly respond for me asap? Thank-you.
Added by Paula Evans on Aug 11, 2017 10:48 AM
alice hurst
Frances Cnner
I failed to mention that Frances & one of her daughters are buried in Pick Cemetery in Perry County Ill. Thanks Alice Hurst
Added by alice hurst on Aug 08, 2017 1:13 PM
alice hurst
Frances Conner
r. Bjornstad, I am looking for the burial place of one of Frances Conner son Sidney (Sydney) Conner. Sidney was married to my grandfather's sister Elsie Hurst Pierson Conner. Elsie & Sid had a daughter Pearl P. Conner Robey that is buried at Bradley in Kankakee Ill.

Do you know where Sidney & his wife Elsie is buried. Also Frances Conner husband.

If you have any info that would help me I would be very thankful. Alice Hurst
Added by alice hurst on Aug 08, 2017 1:11 PM
Jeannie Scarber
Ira Erven Huffman
Thank you for added the photo of Ira Huffman, memorial #42441929. It is nice to know what he looks like. He was a veteran of World War One and served from May 30, 1916 to May 24, 1919. This means his son died when he was serving his country.

On behalf of The Great War Doughboy Search, I thank you.
Added by Jeannie Scarber on Jul 27, 2017 9:36 PM
Betty Finley
Admiral John S McCain
May I copy the photo you posted of my mother's cousin, Admiral McCain, and place it in my genealogy records, please? My family tree is on Ancestry, but it is private so no one can copy any thing from it without my permission. Thank you.

Betty Finley
Added by Betty Finley on Jul 26, 2017 9:30 AM
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