|1900 LtR back George Peter Apel, Benjamin Christopher Apel, |
Anna Matilda Apel, Henry George Apel, Albert Apel, front, Rosa
Apel, Catharine Miller, Christopher Apel, Lydia Apel.
Ben is the oldest in this photograph because the first 3 children died.
They settled in Illinois, and I found them in 3 different counties in Illinois in census records. Christopher married Catherine Miller in Pontiac, Livingston Co., Illinois and that is where their first 5 children were born then the next one, Henry was born in San Jose, CA so about 20 years ago I called one of Henry's daughters to ask, why was your dad born in San Jose and she did not know. I did look up census records at that time and found a lot of Miller's there so I wondered if Catherine's brothers moved there? The next child was born in Pontiac, Illinois and the next 4 were born in Olpe, Lyon Co, Kansas. Sometime between July 1891 and Feb 1893 Christopher,
Christopher and Catherine eventually moved to Falls City where she died in 1905. Christopher took turns living with his children as I know he lived some in Alamogordo, NM with Ben and boys (my dad Fred and Uncle Willard) as Lizzie had died in 1914. Ben was a farmer but Uncle Willard told me Christopher did not like to work in the fields but would do the cooking for them. When Christopher died, he was living with the oldest daughter, Lydia (sitting on the far right in the picture) and family in Los Angeles. Christopher was taken by train to Falls City for burial. The train went through Alamogordo and Ben got on the train and went on to Falls City.
Catherine's parents, George and Sarah (Ream) Miller are also buried in Zion Cemetery in Falls City. I do not know when they moved there. Catherine was born in Ohio. “(Source: Margie Ingersoll)