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Thursday, September 12, 2013


Adolph Peter and Gehardena Jensen Forsgren's child #4 - 
   NORA REBECCA FORSGREN  and her descendants: 

Nora (or Leonora as she was referred to on some early records) was born on 19 Nov 1882 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co., Utah.  She married Lewis Roy Burnham on 8 Oct 1903 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  Nora died on 8 May 1972 in Malad City, Oneida Co., Idaho and was buried on 11 May in the Richmond City Cemetery, Richmond, Utah
   Lewis Roy Burnham was born 15 Jan 1883 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co.  He died 1 1/2 yrs. before Nora on 20 Dec. 1970 in Malad City, Oneida Co., Idaho.  He was buried on 23 Dec in Richmond City Cemetery.

[I thought that I had more photos of Aunt Nora and Uncle Roy, but so far I have not come across them.  Can any of you descendants help with that??  I have no individual photos of Roy]

MARRIAGE: Western States Historical Marriage Record Index:  Salt Lake Co, Utah Recs v.N p. 14  ID# 115016;   A 1936 FGS states that Nora and Roy were sealed by C.W. Penrose;  Also listed in Utah Misc. Marriage Index (SL film # 820,160).
    "Leonora R. Forsgren age 21 Resident of Brigham City.  Lic issued 5 Oct 1903  Salt Lake City;  Married 8 Oct 1903 in Salt Lake City to Lewis Roy Burnham by Elder Charles W. Penrose. " [This source lists Salt Lake Co Book O p. 14]

Adele note:  The following paper was among the things I inherited from my Grandmother, Alfrieda Forsgren Sorensen (Nora's sister).  There was an intense period where Grandma was collecting information from each of her siblings and having me help copy them onto family group sheets.  It was very important to her to get that done - and it actually formed the basis for my early genealogical training as well.  I am assuming that this is either Nora's or Roy's handwritten response to my Grandmother's request for data!

Adolph & Dena's daughters

 I believe this photo was taken in Feb of 1967 at our home in Boise, Idaho.  The occasion would have been my mother's funeral.  Rella was Alfrieda's only child and that is the only occasion I know of that Grandma Freda's siblings were all with her.
Edith, Nora, Libby, Alfrieda and Uncle Glen

Nora and Roy Burnham were the parents of 6 children:
Child #1 - Ruth Burnham, was born 31 October 1904 in Brigham City, Box Elder Co., Utah.  She married John Dellas Thomas on 11 June 1924 in the Logan Utah LDS Temple.  Ruth died on Christmas day in 1992 and is buried in the Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Cache Co., Utah.
     John Dellas Thomas was born 21 Sept 1896 in Lewiston, Cache Co., Utah.  He died 19 Jan 1985 [location unknown to me] and is buried in the Richmond City Cemetery.

[I have no photos of Ruth or John]
DEATH:  LDS Church Membership Record

BURIAL: memorial # 60591516 (contains photo of headstone)
Birth: Oct. 31, 1904
Death: Dec. 25, 1992
Family links:
 Spouse:    John Dellas Thomas (1896 - 1985)
 Burial: Richmond City Cemetery, Richmond, Cache County, Utah, USA
 Created by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle

Record added: Oct 24, 2010


BURIAL: Memorial #60591434 (has photo of headstone)
Birth: Sept. 21, 1896
Death: Jan. 19, 1985
Family links:
 Spouse:   Ruth Burnham Thomas (1904 - 1992)*
 Burial: Richmond City Cemetery,  Richmond, Cache County, Utah, USA
 Created by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle
Record added: Oct 24, 2010
also a photo on

The photo of him above was uploaded to the internet by another family entirely/

His parents are John W. Thomas (1863, Wellsville, Cache, UT & Fannie M. Blair (1876, Lewiston, Cache, UT)

Ruth and John Dellas Thomas were the parents of two daughters:  
   #1 - Floris  [still living as of May 2013]
   #2 - Eva Dean Thomas.  Eva was born on 15 Oct 1931 in Cornish, Cache Co., Utah.  She married Gary Eugene Smith on 25 July 1951 in Cache County. Eva Dean died on 13 May 1984 in San Mateo, California.  [I do not know location of her burial]
     Gary Eugene Smith was born 30 April 1932 in Burley, Cassia Co., Idaho.  He died either the 2nd or the 7 March 1998 in Redwood City, California.  [Burial location unknown]

 I have no information on any children born to this couple

Details For Marriage ID#538216
Groom Last Name:SMITH
Groom First Name:Gary Eugene (19)
Groom Residence:San Mateo, San Mateo, California
Bride Last Name:THOMAS
Bride First Name:Eva Dean (18)
Bride Residence:Lewiston, Cache, Utah
Place:Lewiston, Cache, Utah
Date:25 Jul 1951
County of Record:Cache

Nora and Roy Burnham's Child #2:
  Lewis Roy Burnham.  Lewis Roy, Jr. was born 6 Feb 1906 in Richmond, Cache Co., Utah.  He married Okell Hughes on 29 Aug. 1927 in Idaho Falls, Bannock Co., Idaho.  Lewis died 20 July 1986 in Arimo, Bannock Co., Idaho and is buried in the Arimo, Idaho cemetery, Bannock Co.
   Okell Hughes was born 9 Jan 1906 in Samaria, Oneida Co., Idaho.  She passed away 30 Sep 1978 in Pocatello, Bannock Co., Idaho and was interred in the Arimo Cemetery on 3 Oct 1978.

This obituary copied from the Marjorie Rawson Obituary Collection on

Details For Marriage ID#40009
Groom Last Name:BURNHAM
Groom First Name:Lewis
Groom Residence:
Bride Last Name:HUGHES
Bride First Name:Okell
Bride Residence:
Place:Idaho Falls
Date:29 Aug 1927
County of Record:Bonneville

Lewis and Okell are part of a family tree (following Okell's line backward) uploaded to by "halsy138".  That contributor can be contacted thru

CENSUS:  1940 Daniels, Oneida Co., Idaho.  Sheet 1B  Household 42 (renting) on Daniels Route
Burnham, Lewis Roy, Jr., head, md, age 34, occupation dry farmer, education:  High School, 2nd yr. (all household members born Idaho);  residence same in 1935
Burnham, Okell H., (informant) wife, age 34, md
Burnham, Lyle Ralph, son, age 12
Burnham, Beverly, daur, age 8
Burnham, James Lewis, son, age 6
Burnham, Bernice, daur, age 3

APPOINTMENT:  Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971p. 115 Oneida Co.
Name: Lewis R Burnham
Post Office Location: Dairy Creek, Oneida
Appointment Date: 11 Dec 1918
Volume #: 76
Volume Year Range: 1891-1930
Church membership record says death date is 13 July 1986

DEATH:  Memorial # 20332380 has photo of his headstone, front and back
Birth: Feb. 6, 1906
Death: Jul. 20, 1986
Married Okell Hughes Burnham, Birth 1/9/1906 - Death 9/30/1978. Children: Lyle R., Beverly, James L., Bernice, David R., Robert R..
Burial:  Arimo Cemetery, Arimo, Bannock County, Idaho, USA
   Created by: Bill E. Doman  Record added: Jul 07, 2007

Lewis and Okell Hughes Burnham were the parents of 6 children, four of whom are still living
Lyle, Beverly, James, Bernice, David and Robert
     #1 Child - Lyle Ralph Burnham, was born 2 Mar 1928 in Dairy Creek, Oneida Co., Idaho. I have no information that he ever married.  Lyle passed away on 9 Dec 2009 in McCammon, Bannock, Idaho.  As per his wishes he was cremated.

I have no other photo of Lyle Burnham

MILITARY:  US Dept. of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: Lyle Burnham
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 2 Mar 1928
Death Date: 9 Dec 2009
Branch 1: NAVY
Enlistment Date 1: 24 Jun 1946
Release Date 1: 29 Apr 1948
Branch 2: NAVY
Enlistment Date 2:  19 Apr 1951
Release Date 2: 14 Aug 1952

Served on the ship "Taconic"

Lyle was born on March 2, 1928 and passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.     Lyle was a resident of McCammon, Idaho at the time of his passing.

Social Security Death Index:
Lyle Ralph Burnham
Last Residence: 83250  Mc Cammon, Bannock, Idaho
Born: 2 Mar 1928
Died: 9 Dec 2009
State (Year) SSN issued: Railroad Board (Issued Through) (1951-1963)

OBITUARY:  Pocatello Idaho Family History Center:  Marjorie Rawson Obituary Collection:   (poor copy also in Fors Fam Assn Digital files)  Contains photo
from Idaho State Journal  12 Dec 2009
Lyle R. Burnham
McCAMMON - Lyle Ralph Burnham, 81 of McCammon, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at his home following an illness.
He was born March 2, 1928, in Dairy Creek, Idaho, a son of Lewis Roy and Okell Hughes Burnham. He attended schools in Arimo, Idaho, and graduated from Arimo High School in 1946. He then joined the U.S. Navy, where he attended Electronics School and graduated in 1948. He also attended the University of Utah for two years. Following his first enlistment in the Navy, he was recalled to serve again from 1951 to 1952, during the Korean War and was discharged as a chief petty officer.
    Lyle was a licensed commercial radio operator/maintainer, licensed amateur radio operator, licensed pilot, and a licensed aircraft A&P mechanic. He spent seven years in Kodiak, Alaska,, with Lockheed Aircraft Corp., tracking satellites when they first were launched. He spent four years in Japan and Okinawa teaching electronics to U.S. Air Force personnel. He also worked four years for United Airlines as a radio/electronics inspector/maintainer.
Since moving to McCammon from San Jose, California, in early 1972, he has been involved in farming. However, he continued to enjoy working with electronics at his home. He was a member of the LDS Church.
    Survivors include three brothers, James L. (Arlene) Burnham, Arimo, Idaho,  David R. (Linda) Burnham, Pocatello, Idaho, Robert R. Burnham, Firth, Idaho; two sisters, Beverly Ribble Batterton, Redmond, Oregon, Bernice Buchanan, Pocatello, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
    In honoring Lyle's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service held later in the spring or summer. Arrangements are under the direction of Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave. Online condolences may be sent to the Burnham family at

     #6 Child - Robert Russell Burnham,  was born 18 Jan 1946 in Malad City, Oneida, Idaho.   He died 17 Nov. 2011 in Blackfoot, Bannock, Idaho.  [I have no information that Robert ever married.  I have no photos or other information for him other than the following short obituary]

 OBITUARY:  Idaho State Journal nov 19, 2011
BLACKFOOT - Robert Russell Burnham, 65, of Blackfoot, the son of Lewis R. and Okell Hughes Burnham and brother to James (Arlene) Burnham of Arimo, David (Linda) Burnham of Pocatello, Lyle R. Burnham (deceased), Beverly Butterton of Redland, OR and Bernice Buchanan of Pocatello, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Kimball Residential Care.
The Burnham family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dan & Angela Kimball for their help and friendship over the last 20 years.
Private family graveside services are planned.  Arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.  Condolences may be sent to the family at:

Nora & Lewis Roy Burnham's child #3 - 
     Harold Forsgren Burnham, was born 29 Jan 1908 in Richmond, Cache Co., Utah.  He died just before his 10th birthday on 30 Dec. 1918 in Richmond and is buried in the Richmond City Cemetery.  [I have no photo of this child nor any further information as to the cause of his death.  Burnham descendants, can  you help?]

These people are listed on; on and on

BURIAL: Memorial #60590065 has a photo of his headstone (visibile behind it is the headstone for his parents)
Birth: Jan. 29, 1908
Death: Dec. 30, 1918
Family links:
  Lewis Roy Burnham (1883 - 1970)
  Nora R Forsgren Burnham (1882 - 1972)
Burial: Richmond City Cemetery,  Richmond, Cache County, Utah, USA
Created by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle
Record added: Oct 24, 2010

[ be continued........]

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