This genealogy site tells you the story about the Apel family in Denmark. It all begins with Georg Andreas Apel, born around 1784 in Mühlberg in Germany. He worked as a weaver and came to Denmark, where he moved to Køng in the South of Sealand around 1800. The web site will present his descendants in Denmark.
The web site is a close collaboration between several people in his posterity, and presents genealogical and local history, news, genealogy database and much more. It is with great pleasure that we can offer all descendants the use of this site. Please, take a look and explore your family connections.
In the middle of the 18th century, the Danish state became tired of the fact, that all products of industry had to be imported, because Denmark had no industry of its own. Therefore state subsidy was given to those people who startet industrial companies. One of the people was merchant and landed proprietor Niels Ryberg, who startet in 1774 a flax spinning wheel at his manor, "Øbjerggård", between Næstved og Vordingborg. In 1786 he expanded the production with a weaving mill, which produced linin, damask and drill. There was, however, a problem to find qualified working capacity in Denmark for this kind of production. Therefore a lot of foreign workers were brought to the country. Amongst them was Georg Andreas Apel, who arrived around the year 1800.
Georg Andreas Apel was born in the village Mühlberg at the Elben north west of Dresden. He was, however, not the only one from the family Apel, who arrived Denmark at that time. In the census of 1801 you find a Gottfried Jacob Apel, born around 1775, who also worked for the Køng Mill. Gottfried Jacob Apel was not a weaver but a clerk (secretary) for, Voelker, the manager of the mill and also the estate inspector of Øbjerggård and German. Whether Gottfried Jacob Apel and Georg Andreas Apel are related is not known.
When Georg Apel Andreas got to old to work as a weaver he retired, and when the production was moved from Køng to Vintersbølle at Vordingborg, and the buildings in Køng were sold, he and his wife, Ane Pedersdatter, were placed in Øbjerggård Hospital - at that time more a rest home than a hospital.1