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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 famous@findagrave.com 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.
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David Eastburn
Adolph A Weinman
Such a great biography thank you. I have a bronze reproduction of his "The Rising Sun" (original was the companion piece to "The Setting Sun"--misnamed "Descending Dawn" by over romanticized Forest Lawn Glendale in their Art Guide in the Court of the Universe at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco). My statue is in the Great Mausoleum of Forest Lawn. The full sized bronze of "The Setting Sun" (aka "Descending Night") is in a private garden belonging to Earl Carroll (in the Gardens of Memory) who opened the Vanities Theater on the Sunset Strip ("Thru These Portals Pass The Most Beautiful Girls In The World"; the interior had the world's largest double-revolving stage and a dining capacity of 1000). The full sized bronze of "The Setting Sun" is in the Forest Lawn Museum) https://www.pinterest.com/pin/442126888408928508/
Added by David Eastburn on Jul 21, 2017 3:28 PM
Jennifer Thompson
RE: Find a Grave photos
My book on the Eighth Indiana has been published in a four volume series entitled, Above Us or Around Us. Volume I: The Story of the Bloody Eighth tells the history of both the three-month and three-year Eighth Indiana Infantry regiments from April 1861 to August 1865. Readers will learn how they chose their motto "Above Us or Around Us," how they earned their nickname "The Bloody Eighth," and what occurred during each battle. They will also learn about the soldiers' family ties, claims to fame, and tragic endings. This volume includes poems about the Battle of Cedar Creek and poems written by James Whitcomb Riley, whose father, uncle, and favorite teacher served in this regiment, and includes regimental correspondence. Volume II: The Men of the Bloody Eighth A-K and Volume III: The Men of the Bloody Eighth L-Z continue the story of the Eighth Indiana Infantry through the biographies of the soldiers and contrabands who served in this regiment. Readers will learn about the regiment's Medal of Honor recipient, the soldier who made and sold the first ice cream cone in the world, James Whitcomb Riley's teacher and relatives of James Whitcomb Riley and Carrie Nation, the soldier who held ten patents for his inventions, and the soldier related to Presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison. Two soldiers in this volume named the town of Windfall, Indiana. One soldier and his brother built the first threshing machine in Indiana. Several soldiers experienced close encounters with death or PTSD, which led to suicide. Some became murder victims or committed murder. These biographies will leave a lasting impression on readers as they learn more about the men of the Bloody Eighth. Volume IV: The Story and the Men of the Bloody Eighth in the News includes the newspaper articles that provide reports during the war and about brigade reunions after the war. The articles also help readers learn about tragedies, special events, and the deaths of the soldiers in this regiment. Readers can also follow a Tennessee murder trial. The men of the "Bloody Eighth" lived up to their motto "Above Us or Around Us" and are men to be remembered for years to come. This series is now available on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Mrs.+Jennifer+Thompson&search-alias=books&field-author=Mrs.+Jennifer+Thompson&sort=relevancerank
Added by Jennifer Thompson on May 26, 2017 8:45 AM
Des Clearwater
RE: Hastings Edward Harington [VC]
Thanks for your efforts.
H.E.Harington was awarded the VC during the Indian Mutiny. He was born 09 Nov., 1832, and died from cholera on 20 July 1861 in Agra, India. Perhaps the Indian cemeteries haven't been entered in the Ancestry.com database yet !!
Added by Des Clearwater on Apr 26, 2017 1:38 AM
Des Clearwater
Hastings Edward Harington [VC]
Looking for his parent's names, and his siblings ??
Added by Des Clearwater on Apr 24, 2017 11:30 PM
J brown
find a grave help
In Calvary Cemetery in pottsville pa, there are several Reilly names I am looking for , Frank x SR died 1957 & Charlotte t died 1966 were married and should be on one, I am also looking for Frank X Sr's dad who is James Berard Reilly and may go by Bernard and was married to Mary Ann Hoey born 1847?ANy help with photos would be appreciated
Added by J brown on Apr 09, 2017 1:52 PM
Mitch
Help with Roger Converse?
Dear, William,

Would you be able to help upgrade this current memorial of this late actor to famous stature? I found this information on him to help you compose a potential biography.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Converse
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0176594/

His memorial is 92196834. I hope you can help his plite, he deserves to be remembered here.

Sincerely,
Mitch
Find A Grave #49245357
Added by Mitch on Apr 07, 2017 7:26 PM
Greg
RE: Geo. A. Hormel
Many thanks, Bill!
Added by Greg on Apr 07, 2017 12:56 AM
RicknRedmond
Gen Arthur Murray
Thank you for adding the photo of my great grandfather in Oct of '16. I had never seen that photo before. You folks at Find A Grave do a great service. Thank you again.
Rick Murray, Redmond, OR
Added by RicknRedmond on Jan 02, 2017 4:08 PM
K
Hi Bill
Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope you have a great holiday. Thank you for the info on Clarence Case..I sent the listings to edit to have them merged.

K.
Added by K on Dec 24, 2016 8:59 PM
Keith C.
William Murray
Thank you for finding/posting William's picture - he was my 3rd Great Grandfather. It's always wonderful to see what our ancestor's looked like and the clothes they wore.
Added by Keith C. on Nov 25, 2016 2:32 PM
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