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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


James Jacob Wisser


James Jacob Wisser


James Jacob Wisser is the son of Oliver F. Wisser and Amanda L. Hammel . He was born on 28 Jan 1901 in Allentown PA?. He died on 08 Jun 1981 in Noxen, Penn. Occupation was Carpenter. Social Security Number was 197-07-7724. Burial in Bellevue Cemetery Mausoleum, Ontario, CA.

General Notes:

James was born in Pennsylvania. Moved to Garden City in 1938 where he worked for the Ford Automotive Plant. He lived in Corona California during the 1960's Homesteaded in Barstow in the late 50's, maintained a home there during 60's & early 70's. James lived in Noxen, PA last 6 years of his life.


James was married to Bertha Smith, daughter of Arnold Smith and Kate. The 1920 Census (below) list both of her parents as being born in Pennsylvania. Bertha's sister Annie was married to James's brother Robert E. Wisser. Later Bertha married Millard Hassler. Bertha Hassler died on August 20, 1943 and is buried in Weisenberg Cemetery in Greenwich, Pennsylvania.

James Wisser and Bertha Smith had 3 children:



James Jacob Wisser and Iva Margaret Cornell were married About 1935. They had 2 children

James met Iva Cornell while working as a farmhand on the Letlighter Farm. After Iva (Cornell) died he married sister-in -law Elsie (Kocher) Cornell.


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

About. 1916 she married Randall Bredbenner and they had 3 children. 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). She died on 09 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.


Iva General Notes:

Iva was 15 when first child, Ed was born. 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)



After Iva (Cornell) died he married sister-in-law Elsie (Kocher) Cornell. Elsie had been married to Iva's brother Lawrence Cornell until he passed away.





Wisser Family in 1920- Front Row: Amanda L. (Hammel) Wisser, Beulah M. (Wisser) Weidner, George W. Wisser, Oliver F. Wisser
Top Row: Mary Wisser, James Jacob Wisser, Ed Wisser, Sevilla (Wisser) Seidel, Robert E. Wisser (Thanks to Bob Wisser for Photo)

The Wiser Family in 1920

Late 1950's James Wisser and (Beulah ?) at parents grave site. The three stones in froont look like Hammel graves which was Amanda's maiden name. (Picture from Iva Wisser slide collection)

James and Beulah Wisser at parents grave site

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James Wisser in Corona House about 1960

James Wisser Corona 1960

Barbara (Bryant) Wisser, Gary Wisser, Dale Wisser on couch. Brenda Wisser on floor.
James Wisser in chair in Corona House about 1959.

James Wisser Family Corona 1960

James Wisser and his granddaughter Brenda about 1960 (from the Iva Wisser slide collection)

James Wisser and his granddaughter Brenda

Census Records


Starting on line 10: Oliver Wisser - head (38), Amanda L. - wife (38), Edwin J. - son (19), Cevilla - daughter (17), Mary - daughter (15), Robert E. - son (13), James J. - son (9), George W. - son (5), Buelah M. - daughter (7), Herbert Haas - hired man (19)

James Wisser 1910 Censsus

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Starting on line 27 James Wisser is 19 and wife Bertha is 23.

James Wiser 1920 Census

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James Wisser purchases land.


This is the grave of James Wisser in Bellevue Cemetery Mausoleum, Ontario, CA.(image by Gary Wisser)

James Wisser Grave

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