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Johann Peter Apfel
Posted by: David Forney (ID *****0488) Date: December 14, 2005 at 19:02:20
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I am not related to Johann Peter Apfel that I know of. What has caused me to post on this site is the appearance of his name as witness to a marriage. The marriage took place May 1, 1739 and was between Daniel Fiere (aka Daniel Ferree) and Mary Carpenter.

Daniel Ferree was the son of Daniel Ferree born 1677 and Anna Maria Lenininger. Daniel Ferree Jr. was born Abt. February 02, 1702 he was Christened February 02, 1703 in the church at Rhorbac (Germany)

Mary Carpenter (aka Mary Zimmerman Carpenter) born Abt. 1709 She was the daughter of Heinrich Zimmerman born September 07, 1663 and Maria Ruffner born July 03, 1675. Heinrich Zimmerman changed his name to Carpenter after his arrival in America.

The wedding was officiated by the older brother of Mary Zimmerman Carpenter, Emmanuel Carpenter. The wedding took place at Earl Township, Lancaster County, PA at the home of Heinrich Zimmerman. Heinrich Zimmerman had neighbors John Smith (aka John Schmid) and Peter Forney who was married to Anna Smith daughter of John Schmid.

Thirty eight witnesses signed the marriage contract. Of these I have been able to identify 21 persons on the list. All 21 are related to either the bride and groom in some way. This makes me wonder if Johann Peter Apfel was also related in some way.

Here is what I know about Johann Peter Apfel. Johann Peter Apfel was born about 1711. He arrived in America October 17, 1732 aboard the ship “John and William” from Rotterdam stopping first in Dover. Also aboard was Apalonia Apel possibly related. On the “A” list his name was given as Pieter Apfel. On the “B” list his name was given as Johann Peter Apfel. On the “C” list his name was given as Johann Peter Apfel. He signed his own name on the “B” & “C” as opposed to making a mark, so he knew how to write.

He attended the wedding May 1, 1739 his name appears as Peter Apfel. Just above of his name was “Paulus” no discernable last name, could it have been “Apalonia Apel”?


Henry Hanes, Elizabeth Kemp, Paulus, Peter Apfel, Henry Carpenter, Salome Carpenter, Lawrence Hayne, Daniel LeFevre, Henrich Zimmerman, William Buffington, Daniel Zimmerman, Hans Hauser, Gabriel Zimmerman, Jacob Carpenter, Theophilus Hartman, Christian Zimmerman, Hani Hartman, Isaac Fiere, Peter Fiere, Johann Conrad Kaempf, Isaac Lefevre, Daniel Harmon, Johannes Volkaemmer, George Philip Dollinger, Christian Harman, Maria Herman, Abraham Fiere, Susan Zimmerman, Hester LeFevre, Jacob Fiere, Philip LeFevre, Samuel LeFevre, Salome Harmon, Leah Fiere, Mary Hain, Jonas le Rou, Rachel Fiere, Isaac Fiere.

About January 19, 1740 he married the widow Maria Catherine Henckle born May 10, 1711 in Daudenzell, Mosbach, Baden, Germany. Maria Catherine Henckle had previously been married to Johann Georg Geiger who died in 1739.

Peter Apfel and Maria Catherine Henckle had at least five children: Eva Rosine; Johann Peter; Maria Charlotta; Maria Catherine; Anna Magdalena.

About 1742 he and his family settled on land in the disputed territory between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Probably on Diggs Choice. He settled there at the same time as members of the Forney, and Ferree families. It is believed some of the Peter Apfel children may have traveled in 1753 with Forney, LeFever, and Ferree families to North Carolina. Probably around Rowan Co, North Carolina and Surry, North Carolina. If they continued along with the Ferree’s then on to Kentucky.

Peter’s wife Maria Catherine Henckle died November 03, 1785 at Thurmout, Frederick County, Pennsylvania. Peter died before April 20, 1779.

If anyone has any information connecting Peter Apfel to the Ferree, Forney, or Carpenter families it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
David Forney

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