American Tree Starts

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


Bertha May Vogelsang

1882 - 1922

(AKA Bertha May Fink)

Bertha May Vogelsang 1882 -1922

Bertha May Vogelsang is the daughter of John Vogelsang and Margaret "Maggie" (Shelhamer) Vogelsang . She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 18, 1882 ( see Certificate of Baptism below). She died in 1922.


Bertha May Vogelsang was married to Peter Cornell on March 27, 1901 and had the following known children:


Sara J. Cornell - daughter, born about 1901 ( from previous relationship)

William Cornell -son, born about 1902

Harvey Cornell - son , born about 1904

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.

Lamontte Cornell- son , born about 1908

Lawrence Cornell- son . born about 1909

Child- by the looks of the pictures that have reciently been added to my collection there may have been another child born after the 1910 census. ( see Bertha's lap)



After Peter Cornell died she married James Culp.



Bertha May Vogelsang with Children

Bertha Vogelsang and her children. This was taken at or near the site where Peter died.

Bertha Vogelsang with her family.

Bertha is the one holding up the picture, probably of Peter.  Her mother Maggie is shown on the upper right.  Charles Fink, husband of Maggie is in the front.  Could the man in front of Maggie be James Culp?

** Many thanks to Dave Silcox who provided the two images above. Dave is publishing a book on this family line and it is expected to be out the beginning of 2012. I will post information on how it may be purchased as more details become available.

Certificate of Baptism

April 27, 1884 (Born February 18, 1882)

.Bertha May Vogelsang Babtism



Certificate of Marriage


Marriage of Peter Cornell and Bertha May Vogelsang

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


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

See image full size.

Reasearch needed:

1. Was there another child born after the 1910 census?

2. Why did Bertha die so young? (age 40)

3. Need information on James Culp.

4. Need more information on the Fink last name.