Albert M. Apel

(aka) Richard W.A. Apel


Born: Nov 1853 in Iowa, USA

Died: ? in (unknown)

Father: ?

Mother: ?

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Louisa A. ? (1861 – ?)

Married: Abt 1879 in ?

Child: William Apel (1880 – ?)

Child: Anna Apel (1882 – ?)

Child: George Earnst Apel (1889 – 1984)

Child: Lillie C. Apel (1893 – ?)

Child: VIolet B. Apel (c. 1903 – ?)


Both of Albert's parents came from Germany. [1900 US Census]

The Albert and Louisa Apel family moved around a lot. Each of the four children listed in the 1900 US Census was born in a different state. [1900 US Census]

Change Date

This data was last changed on 20 Feb 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to alias, birth, marriage]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

The 1910 US Census records that "Richard" was born in Ohio rather than Iowa.

The movement of the family, which according to the known children's birth places is Nebraska to Utah to Arkansas to Oklahoma to Texas, is interesting. If it isn't a joke on the part of the parents to the census taker, why did the family move so often, and so far? People generally stay a while after they move, and multiple moves are generally in a more-or-less consistent path from beginning to end, not one that circles back on itself in a sort of S-path.

Possible parents and siblings for Albert:

An online correction to the 1860 US Census claims that the "Wm Abel" listed in the record (and seems to match Albert M. Apel in most other respects) was incomplete. Specifically, their statement was: "My Grand Uncle. Son of Johan Julius and Concordia Wilhelmina Elenora Apel. I have family Bible with Names and dates listed." Unfortunately, no contact information is listed, so I can't confirm this with a copy of the actual source records. Other census records mostly used Elenora, but sometimes Concordia.

If the above statment is true, Albert's father Johan and mother Concordia were born in Sachsen (Kgr., Saxony). In 1860 they were living in Pleasant Valley, Fayette County, Iowa. Johan was 35 and Concordia/Elnore was 29. Albert had several siblings; Sophia (10), John A. (8), Elnore (4), Matilda (2), and Rosetta (4 mo.). There was also a Michael Abel (72) living with them, named as Johan's father by the same person making the correction above, and name corrected to Johan Michael. This census also indicates that Albert/Richard was born in Ohio. [1860 US Census]

The 1850 US Census also indicates a person named Jno M. Abel (62, probably Johan's father again) living with the family. The family, including an infant Maria S. (6mo), was living in Chatfield, Crawford, Ohio. (The name for Johan in the census was corrected from "John" by the same person making the correction above.)

The 1870 US Census adds children Lewis E. (7) and Minna (Minnie?) (3) to Albert's siblings.

The 1880 US Census changes Minna/Minnie to Augusta M., and add August J. (8). By this time, daughter Elnore (Elenora) (24) was married to John W. Bevans (26) and had her own daughter, Minerva R. (1mo). The three Bevans family members were living with the Johan J. Abel family.