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Daniel Wisser
abt. 1765

Peter Wisser
1810 - 1852

Jacob Wisser

Rudolph Wisser (Weiser)
abt. 1811-1893

John Wisser
abt. 1815

Daniel Wisser

Roman Wisser
abt.1863 - abt.1919

Eugene Wisser

Christian G. Wisser
1864 -

Benjamin Franklin Wisser (Weiser)
1862 -1931


Iva Margaret (Cornell) Wisser


Iva Margaret Cornell is the daughter of Peter Cornell and Bertha May Vogelsang . She was born on 09 June 1906 in Pennsylvania.

She died on 15 Sep 1974 in San Bernardino, CA. Occupation was Nurse's aide 35 yrs. Social Security Number was 383-28-7885. Burial in Bellevue Cemetery Mausoleum, Ontario, CA.


About. 1916 she married Randall Bredbenner. 1930 Census states that she was first married at age 15. About 1930 her husband Randal Bredbenner died.. (1930 Census Apr 1930 in W. Nantikoke, Plymouth Township, Luzerne, PA: Age 23- Wife of Randall Bredbenner).

Iva (Cornell) Bredbenner and Randall Bredbenner had 3 children:


After Randall Bredbenner passed away Iva married James Jacob Wisser , they had two sons:

Iva General Notes:

About. she married Randall Bredbenner and they had 3 children. Iva was 15 when first child, Ed was born. About 1930 after her husband Randall died she had to send the three kids to orphanages.

Iva went to a concert of Laberta at the home one day and told Laberta that she had a surprise. A new baby brother (Bob). Laberta had not seen her mother for some time. Laberta told her mother that she wanted to go home too. Iva took Laberta and Ed home to live with her and her new husband James Wisser.

Iva and James met while working for the Letlightner farm. She was a housekeeper, he was a farm worker (share) While she was pregnant with Dale the farmhouse caught on fire. While tossing belongings out of the second story window, Items got stuck on the roof. She went out on the roof to push them off and fell off. She later went into labor and Dale was born early. He only weighed about 3 pounds at birth.

Later she was employed by the Barstow, CA Marine Base Hospital as a nurse's aide for 35 years. She belonged to the Crown Chapter 162 of the Eastern Star.(obit)

Iva died on 09 Sep 1974 in San Bernardino, CA. and is buried in Bellevue Cemetery Mausoleum, Ontario, CA.


1906 - Iva was born on June 9

1911 - Iva's father died on March 15 when she was only 4 years old.

1920 - Census shows she lived with her mother and step-father James Culp.

1921 - (about) Iva married Randall Bredbenner

1922 - Iva's Mother died when she was about 15

1922 - June 25, 1922 her first son Ed Bredbenner was born

1924 - Her son Donald Bredbenner was born

1925 - (about) her daughter Laberta was born

1930 - Around 1930 Randall Bredbenner died apparently from chemical exposure while cleaning a boxcar at the railroad company where he was employed


Iva Wisser's Gallery contains pictures she took herself. Most are pictures she took while traveling with her husband James between 1945 and 1965. As of January 1, 2011 I have posted 6 albums and expect to have about 6 more posted in the next month or two. Please click HERE to view them.


About late 1960's - Iva in Egypt.

Iva Wisser in Egypt



About 1971 - Iva, Jim, Dale, Steve, Gary, John, and Bob at the house in Barstow, California.

Wissers at Barstow house

Census Records


Starting on line 7: Peter Cornell - head 33, Bertha Cornell - wife 28, Sara J.- daughter 9, William-son 8, Harvey-son 6, Iva M. - daughter 4, Lamontte - Son 2, Lawrence - son 11 months.

Iva Wisser 1910 census

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Starting on line 70:James Culp- head 45, Bertha (Vogelsang/Cornell) Culp - wife 37,

Cornell Children listed under Culp: Sadie (Sara J.) - daughter 19, Harvey-son 16, (Ivy) Iva M. - daughter 16 (should have been 14), Lamontte - Son 11, Lawrence - son 7 (should have been 11).

Culp children: Earl - son 7, James - son - 6 Letha - daughter 5years 8 months, Gaspard - son 4 months.

Iva Cornell Wisser in 1920

Iva Wisser and Bertha Culp

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Starting on line 3: Randal Bredbenner- head 27, Iva Bredbenner- wife 23, Edward.- son 8, Donald -son 6, Laberta - daughter 4y 8m, Earl Cornell. - brother in law 29, Elwood Bredbenner - brother 23, Ruth Bredbenner - sister in law 19, C. Elwood Bredbenner - nephew 1y 4months.

Iva Wisser 1930 census



Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 347. (St. Paul Methodist Church)

In 1936 Iva and her family move and leave St. Paul Methodist Church.

Iva Bredbenner


Iva Bredbenner and family

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