Another Finnestad family that attended Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee County was Mildred (Sanderson) and Ingmond Finnestad decades after my great great great grandparents, Ole and Mari Finnestad.
Because of the same last name, there was an assumption we were related, but knowing how Norwegian family names come into play, I could easily dispel those rumors, though I found out several months ago that there is a marriage connection - through Mildred's grandparents. Mildred was the third child born to Mable Eunice (Sanderson) and Charles M Knutson*. Mable was the daughter of Caroline (Berg) and Charles Oliver Sanderson. Charles Oliver Sanderson was the fifth child born to Anna (Maland) and Sondre Helyesen Sanderson.
Seward O Sanderson was the 10th child of Anna (Maland) and Sondre Helyesen Sanderson. Seward O Sanderson was married to Ellen Marie (Mary) Vallem, who was the daughter of Rachel (Finnestad) who was married to Lewis Vallem. Rachel was the daughter of Ole and Mari Finnestad.
Mildred (Knutson) Finnestad's paternal grandfather, Charles Oliver Sanderson was the older brother of Seward O Sanderson who married the granddaughter (Ellen Marie Vallem) of Ole and Mari Finnestad. Basically, Midred's great uncle Seward married into the Finnestad line. I wonder whether Mildred knew of the Finnestad family connection when she married Ingmond Finnestad.
Anyway.......below is a photo of Mildred (Knutson) and Ingmond Finnestad's grave marker at the Union Cemetery next to Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee County, Illinois.
I have not researched Ingmond's ancestors, but they must have lived near the Finnestad farm in Stavanger that Ole and Mari lived in the 1870's and 1880's.
*No direct relation that I have found to Ole and Mari Finnestad's eldest daughter, Elizabeth who was married to Ole Andreas Knutson. Upon further research I could possibly find some relation between Ole Andreas Knutson and the Charles Knutson family.