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It was another successful conference for the Eller Family Association. We had some 50 people at one or more of the events. We were especially pleased that several descendants from the Christian Emory Eller family were among the attendees. And we thank the folks at Oak Grove Church of the Brethren for opening their archives to let us look at some of our Eller history. .
We chose the Roanoke area as the 2023 conference location because it is where a significant Eller family lived in the 1700’s. Jacob Eller and his wife Magdalene settled on “Wolf Run” in what is now Roanoke County (created from Botetourt in 1838) about 1790. The “Eller Homeplace” was sold to Jacob Eller in 1799 and was located about seven miles southwest of Salem on “the headwaters of Craven Creek.”
Additional information and many pictures from the 2023 conference are in the August Chronicles and on the "Conferences" page on the website.
On To Oklahoma in 2025
The EFA Board has voted to hold the 2025 Conference in Eastern Oklahoma. It will be our first conference west of the Missippi in more than two decades. We are looking at the area north and east of Tulsa.
That part of Oklahoma is home to a number of Eller families from the John Jacob Eller line, whose ancestors moved there from North Georgia about 1900. There is even an Ellerville in Cherokee County, Oklahoma.
The exact location and dates for the conference will be be selected soon.
Look for more information on the Eller families who moved to Oklahoma in an upcoming Chronicles and here on the website.
The purpose of the Eller Family Association is to draw all Ellers, regardless of their particular family line, and allied families into a cooperative effort. The EFA has already demonstrated that this approach is the quickest and most efficient mechanism for sharing family history and genealogical information.
About the Eller Family Association
The EFA exists to assist all Eller and associated family lines worldwide to: discover and preserve our historical past, report current events and ongoing contributions, develop and expand current family ties, provide ongoing biennial meetings to summarize accomplishments and to socialize and provide inspired direction as we focus on the future.
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Our Eller Family Association website includes searchable information gathered from members across the country. As of 2022 we have:
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Merkia "Granny" Eller Johnson
Merkia “Granny” Magaline Eller Johnson, 86, passed away on September 21, 2023, at her home.She was born on April 25, 1937, in Smyth County Virginia to the late Clarence Eller and Ora Testerman Eller. She was from the George Michael Eller line. Merkia is survived by her husband of 67 years, Ralph Johnson;
She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was loved by all.
Grace Florence Eller
Grace Florence Eller, 83, of Bluefield, VA, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2023. Born on May 24, 1940 in Welch, WV, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Grace Stella Walters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie Eller.He was from the George Michael Eller line.
She was retied from the Mercer County Board of Education.
Justin Adrian Daniel Eller
Justin Adrian Daniel Eller, a very proud Navy Veteran, died unexpectedly in a tragic motorcycle accident on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 in Mahtowa Township, MN.
He was the son of Dan Raymond Eller. Justin's grandfather was adopted by William James Eller from the Paul Eller line.
Kenneth Lebron "Kenny" West
Kenneth "Kenny" Lebron West, age 75 (formerly of Bryant, AL), passed away peacefully on September 11, 2023 at his residence in Trenton, GA. Born on July 9, 1948 to Noah and Edith Smith West, Kenny was a cherished son, a loving brother to his siblings, and a friend to all who came to know him. He was from the Jacob Eller line.
Over time, he also embraced the roles of a loving husband and father which he valued dearly. Kenny had retired from TVA and served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam Veteran.