David Leijel (1621-1676)
David Leijel arrived with Jacob in Sweden in 1638, where he likewise became a merchant in Stockholm before he became proprietor of Älvkarleby ironworks and Harnäs ironworks. He was married to Catharina Honnon of Scottish descent in Gävle where her father was a tradesman. Her mother, Anna Grubb, was stated by Gabriel Anrep to be of German ancestry. His marriage meant that he became a brother-in-law of Claes Depken (1627-1702). He built Axmars ironworks and owned half of Älvkarleby and Harnäs, which turned into full ownership for his descendants.
A son Johan Leijel was alderman and mayor of Stockholm, mill owner, and inherited from his childless cousins. Married to Carl Hisinger’s aunt Margareta, he had sons Petter who was city secretary in Stockholm, and Carl Leijel who became a master miner, and was adopted into the noble family Leijel in 1773 keeping his name and was introduced in 1776 with the same number 1531. This lineage was concluded with Sergeant Carl Leijel the younger in the year 1799.
Johan Leijel had a brother named David Leijel (1660-1727) who was master miner and Assessor in the College of Mines, and was subsequently retired with Mining Council title. He was naturalized as a Swedish nobleman in 1716 with the own name, and introduced as number 1532. David Leijel was married to Margareta Lundia. A descendant of them was Music Director Lars Fredrik Leijel who was one of the main characters in the musical trial in 1800. His grandson, the pharmacist in Alingsås Fredrik Leijel (1813-1862), was the last in the male line who lived in Sweden. In Sweden in 1902 the line became extinct on the distaff side. A male member of the family emigrated to England. His decendants now live in the United States and Switzerland.