Eller Family Association

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

Changes In Eller DNA Testing

The Eller DNA project is facing a significant change. The main company with which we worked, WorldFamilies.net, has advised us they are removing from the internet all the Eller information we have been gathering, and they have been compiling, for years.

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They say the data on which the site was based remains on another site, Family Tree DNA, or FTDNA. FTDNA is the largest genetic genealogy DNA testing company in the world. All our Eller testing was actually done by FTDNA but the results were compiled and displayed by WorldFamilies.net.

So, in the short run, our DNA testing results aren’t readily available. But rest assured, we are working on it and hope to have it back soon. <MORE>

Anatomy of a Search:
David Newton Eller

Searching for the ancestors of David Newton Eller and tricks using library archives and Google. Some tips on your research. Read the full article here.


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.

Website Update - May 2018

We moved the Eller Family Association website onto the current platform during April and May 2016 and completed moving most of the content there in June and July of that year. So, it’s been about two years and seems like a time for a look at whether or not that has been successful.

We are generating a lot of traffic to the website. In the full year 2017, we had 20,577 visits and 155,000 page views. So far in 2018, we had 13,044 visits and 95,000 page views. If we project that out for 2018, we can assume we’ll see perhaps 220,000 page views.

In March of this year, we had 2,400 visits and nearly 39,000 page views. Using March for a deeper look, we can also see that indexing-programs (like Google) looked at our site a lot. More than 150,000 pages were visited by these indexing-robots. That means a lot of people looking for a specific person using a search engine, probably found what they were looking for on our site.

Wayne M. Eller

Wayne Eller was born September 28, 1881, in Fairmont, Nebraska, the son of James William Eller (1846-1923) and Frances Hager Eller (1848-1898). He grew up in Omaha and moved "back East" in the early 1900's, after the death of his mother.

Wayne Eller was married to the former Mary Temple (1878-1969). He lived in several cities,including Philadelphia, Washington and Petersburg. They had three children: Helen EllerPowers (1904-1979), Donald Temple Eller (1906-1994) and Temple Lawrence Eller (1912-1996).

In the early 1940's until shortly after the war, Wayne and Mary Eller operated a rooming house at 1705 Lamont Street, N.W. in Washington. About this time, Wayne Eller became interested in Amateur radio (ham radio) primarily to contact his son Temple.

This photo is from a story that appeared in the Washington Star. Click here for the story.

Eller Book on Sale

A limited number of one of the definitive books on Eller genealogy, George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America (1957 reprinted 1995), written by: James W. Hook is now available on sale from the EFA. Make your check or money order to Eller Family Association for $25.00 US. Order from Ed Eller, EFA Secretary/Treasurer, Dalton, GA 30721. More information at kermiteller38@gmail.com

The First Eller Families of Graham County, NC

Mr. Eller

Rev. William H. Eller (pictured above with his wife Lou Bradley Eller) and his brother Rev. John H. Eller settled Little Snowbird Creek, southwest of Robbinsville, in the mid 1800’s.  The Eller properties on Little Snowbird were adjacent to land owned by Cherokee Indians.

For many years the William and John Eller families lived a pioneer existence in their log homes deep in the Southern Appalachian mountains. The Eller men became skilled in all jobs associated with the timber industry: cruising, logging, sawmilling and lumber grading.

To read the full reminiscence of these families, written in 1990 by J. Gerald Eller, please click here.

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There were 9 Eller men from Wilkes County, North Carolina in the 53rd North Carolina Infantry under General Bryan Grimes.  Here’s a look at those men, part of that unit that surrendered at Appomattox Court House.
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This article is  part of Byron Eller’s extensive research on Eller men who served in the Confederate Army which appeared across multiple editions of The Chronicles. This section can be found here.

Byron Eller also did considerable research on the role disease played in so many deaths during the civil war. He found three Eller men died in battle and 20 Ellers died of disease during the five years of the war.

Mr. Eller delves into the cause of so many deaths due to disease and looks at the Eller men who died as a result. That information is here

Covered Bridge

The Eller-Heady Bridge (later just the "Eller Bridge") is located west of Fishers in Delaware Township, Hamilton County, Indiana. It was built in 1870 and had a total length of 311 feet and spaned the White River.

The property on the east was owned by Absalom Eller, son of Joseph Eller and Great-grandson of George Michael Eller. It was destryoed by an arson fire in 1957. [More]

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