Emma Wisbar b. 1886

Emma Wisbar great aunt on RootsMagic tree.

An update for Emma Wisbar and Lee Cheney: Both Emma and Lee had a child prior to their 1920 marriage. Emma had a son, Vernon, on September 18, 1908, she was 20 years old, there is no record of a father. An Iowa delayed birth record for Vernon shows his birth date and place, mom and no father’s name. sister Lena Wisbar was a witness on this record. In the same year 1908, Lee Cheney married Winifred Thompson and in 1909 they had a daughter Irma Cheney and must have divorced soon after. Lee’s ex-wife and daughter were also in California, living in San Diego in 1930.

Emma Wisbar was was the youngest child of Martin and Mary Walters Wisbar. She was born in Butler County, Iowa April 7, 1886. The 1900 US Census shows Emma attending school, she could read and write. In her home both German and English spoken. In 1910 Emma was 22, living with her parents and 2 of her 7 siblings. She was a server in a restaurant.

The 1920 US census has Emma living in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis at 312 East 1st Street in Waterloo, Iowa with 3 other boarders. Emma was 33 years old and a waitress in a hotel. Lee Cheney was another boarder. He was 36 and a barber. The 1920 census was taken on January 7 and Emma and Lee Cheney were married on September 9, 1920.


On the 1930 US census Emma and Lee have moved to Oakland, California, both still working, Lee a barber, Emma a waitress at the YMCA Their rent was $22 each month. They lived about 20 miles west of San Francisco and probably traveled to see the Golden Gate Bridge being built from 1933-1937. Both Emma and Lee lived into their 70s. Lee died on January 27, 1962 and Emma exactly 2 weeks later on February 10th. Both are buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Oroville, California, Find a Grave Memorial 

Ancestry. Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937
L H Cheney, barber age 38 m. Emma Wisbar 33 years, Fort Dodge, Iowa September 9, 1920.

2 thoughts on “Emma Wisbar b. 1886

  1. Hello. Lena, who signed the delayed birth certificate is my great great grandmother, Emma Wisbar’s older sister. Vernon Wisbar is on FamilySearch.org here:
    https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/L13H-1MY .
    I have the same info my Ancestry tree here:
    https://is.gd/NmJuS2 .
    If you haven’t used either site, both require registration, FamilySearch.org is my preferred site, much easier to register and view for newer users.

    Here is what I have. Vernon married Ada Guptail they had a child Gloria Wisbar and lived in Elgin, Chicago. Vernon worked at the Elgin watch factory. I’ve got no information on Vernon’s father and can’t imagine how a woman in 1906 small town Iowa was a single mom. Since Vernon kept the last name Wisbar, Emma as a single parent seems the only choice. I don’t have any family stories or details on the Wisbar family, only what I’ve found online which is on my Ancestry family tree. Hope this helps.

  2. Hi. I believe Emma to be my great great grandmother. She is listed as my great grandfather’s mother in his delayed birth certificate. It is also signed as an affidavit by his aunt Lena Roos. No father is listed. Have you come across a Vernon in your research? Any help would be appreciated.

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