Eller Family Association

We seek to draw all Ellers and allied families into a cooperative effort.

2019 Conference - Wilkesboro, NC

Our 30+ year tradition continued in July with our bienial Eller Family Association conference in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Some 50 people attended all or part of the conference which featured presentations on a wide range of topics, tours and socializing. Special thanks to our hostess, Christine Eller Walker. More photos and conference highlights in the upcoming "Chronicles" and here on the EFA website. Click on the photo below for a larger image.

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Wilkesboro was selected for the conference because of the large number of Eller families there.

It is believed that Peter Eller (1748-1799), son of George Michael Eller (1722-1778), the immigrant, setteled in Wilkes County. Peter is believed to be the only child by George Michael's first (unknown) wife.

There are also descendants of Conrad Eller (1784-before 1850), son of Melchior Eller (1735-1799), the immigrant, in an area along Germantown Road in Wilkes County. We are working now to doccument that line.

Our next conference wil be in 2021 in Georgia. Look for more details as we get closer to the date.

[More Wilkesboro Historyn | The Ellers of Wilkes County | Peter Eller in Database ]

Welcome!

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.

For more information on the Eller Family Association, its officers, publications, DNA project, membership, news and conferences, click on the "EFA Info" tab in the horizontal menu above.

The Eller Family Association now has more than 50,000 names in our searchable, online database. There are some duplications, but most of those listed are there only once. In addition, there are now more than 300 photos linked to individuals. There are some 119 research documents ranging from books with hundreds of pages to smaller one or two page biographies. These have been added to 18 years of our quarterly publication, “The Chronicles.” Those publications are all searchable.

All of this information is available without charge to the hundreds of Eller genealogists who visit our site regularly. But we need your help. While those of us working with the EFA are volunteers, there are costs that we must cover. Please consider joining our organization.

[ Membership Information | Members Only Section ]

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George & Rocena (Goodman) Eller

Family trditions say the George Eller who married Rocena Goodman and died in Union County, Illinois, in 1870 may have been born in Germany. He certainly passed through Rowan County, North Carolina, as so many of our Eller ancestors did. Descendant Winnie Eller Green says the family was upset about the coming Civil War and moved from North Carolina to Illinois with son George Henry M. Eller (he later dropped the "Henry").

George M. Eller family

By the early 1880's, Son George M. Eller (above photo with his family) moved to Texas and in 1902 he moved to the Indian territory of Oklahoma. Ms. Green provided us with extensive documenttion of that line's descendants. The question remains, was George from Germany, and thus a new line to trace, or does he somehow fit into the Ellers already in Rowan County, North Carolina.

[ Winnie Green's Family History | George & Rocena Eller in the Database]
[ George Henry Milton Eller in the Database ]

Historical Profiles, Research Papers, Tributes and Articles From the Eller Family Association

Journey to the Absalom Eller Family Cemetery

graphicDuring the 2019 Eller Family Conference in Wilkesboro, Dan Liggett (left) and Harvey Powers (Right)decided to try and find the Absalom Eller family cemetery.

The most recent recording, over 25 years old, had it located off Parsonville Road. It wasn't possible to get to it that way.

So, Dan and Harvey hiked through the woods off Boone Trail Road, where they met the property owner who graciously took them to the cemetery.

The full story of the search and photos of the 11 stones that were found are linked below.


[ Journey to the Absalom Eller Family Cemetery ]
[ Absalom Eller in the Database | Pictures ]

Cemetery Images

tombstoneIn a continued effort to update our website with data to help our genelogical research, we have started to add cemetery information and photos. As you know, the birth/death information of grave stones can be of immense help in documenting our ancestors.

We've entered 251 grave stones in 22 counties. We know we've just gotten started and so, we seek your help.

If you'd like to add a cemetery, click here for what we need and how to submit the information. We'll do the data entry. Just email it to the webmaster.

[ What to Provide | Eller Cemeteries & Headstones ]

Wilkes County "Bushwhackers"

graphic“Bushwhackers” was a term used to describe guerilla soldiers, often just thieves, who prayed on families in rural areas of “divided” states in the Civil War.  The mountain-areas of North Carolina, including Wilkes County, saw several such bands who terrorized the families of Confederate soldiers.

One such band of “bushwhackers,” Union deserters, set up in a log home on the Yadkin River in what was called Fort Hamby.  From that location in 1864 and 1865, they conducted raids on homes in and around Wilkes County.  One such home was that of James Eller.

James Eller’s grandson, Paul Hubbell, was able to pull together family stories to tell of what his mother called “"some very exciting and trying experiences that were forced upon my parents, kindred and friends, in Wilkes County and not far distant from where these gangs operated."

“The Bushwhackers of Wilkes County” shines a light on a often-forgotten aspect of a war that terrorized families and neighbors.

Clarification of Conrad Eller

Ms ReynoldsThere are two Conrad Ellers born in Rowan County, NC. The elder Conrad is the one who came to Wilkes County and died there before 1850.

A Director of the Wilkes County Genealogical Society, Wilma Jean Church Reynolds, presented her finding on the two Conrad Ellers to our 2019 Conference in Wilkesboro in July.

The Ellers in the Germantown Road area of Wilkes County appear to be separate from other Ellers in Wilkes Co. NC, and are thought to be children of Conrad and his first 2 wives. It is noted that Conrad was related to many of the other Ellers settled in Ashe and Wilkes Co. NC.

[ Ms. Reynolds Presentation ]


Dutch Pine Meeting House

pine churchWe believe some of the early Eller ancestors were Lutheran and worshiped at the “Dutch Pine Meeting House” about five miles east of Salisbury in Rowan County, North Carolina. That church existed in 1771 and may have been there much earlier.

The successor church is Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, located on Bringle Ferry Road. There is a large marker in the Church cemetery that says ” Pine Church. Built prior to 1771 and located in this area. Services held here led to organization of the N.C. Synod in 1803.“

[ "Dutch Pine Meeting House" Article | Hisatory of Union Evangelical Lutheran Church ]

Karl Eller Obituary

Karl ellerKarl Eller, advertising pioneer and business visionary, died on May 10, 2019, in Phoeniz, Arizona. He was born in Chicago in 1928.

He was a pioneer in outdoor advertising, newspapers, radio and television.

He was president of Colombia Pictures in 1960. He was president and founder of "Circle-K" stores in 1983.

He was a major contributor to the University of Arizona where the "Eller College of Management" was named for him.

[Obituary]

James McCarty Eller

James McCarty Eller (center with hat and walking stick) moved from Buncombe County, NC to Round Rock, TX. He was a pioneer in early Texas while indians were a problem.

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On one wagon trip back to Missouri, he was attacked by indians. He killed one and managed to escape without injury or loss of the wagon load of supplies he was hauling back to Texas.

[ James McCarty Eller in EFA Database | Article on James MC Eller ]

Do You Know These People?

unidentified family

We believe the people in the photo above may be an Eller family. This portrait was shown around the EFA Conference and no one was able to identify them for certain. If you know them please email the webmaster and we'll share the information.


James Madison & Nancy Eller

The place hosting the 2019 Eller Family Association meeting is Wilkesboro, North Carolina. We believe George Michael Eller's son, Peter B. Eller died there before 1799.

Mr & Mrs Eller
The February 1993 issue of the "Chronicles" contains an article "The Ellers of Wilkes County" by Nora Robinette Eller. It details a few of the Eller families starting with James Madison Eller and his wife Nancy Louise Vannoy (above). James Madison Eller was from the immigrant George Michael Eller's line.

[ The Ellers of Wilkes County | James Madison Eller in the EFA Database | George Michael Eller Book ]

Byron Eller

Mr ellerByron Harlie Eller (1921-2018) was a long-time member of the EFA and the author of numerious "Chronicles" stories on Ellers in the Civil War.

He was the 1993 recipient of the James Hook award; a doctor, a teacher and an avid Civil War historian.

Mr. Eller passed away in October 2018 at the age of 96. There will be more about Byron Eller in the May 2019 "Chronicles."

[ Booklet "Ellers in the Civil War" | Autobiorgaphy]
[ Byron Eller in the EFA Database ]