Eller Family Association

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

New Material Available Online

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 a hundred photos linked to individuals. There are some 80 research documents ranging from books with hundreds of pages to smaller one or two page biographies. These have been added to 17 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.

Give The Gift of Family:
Discounted EFA Memberships Available

Membership in the Eller Family Association is $25 a year. Not a major burden, right? But we're looking for new members and for a limited time, "Gift Memberships" are available for only $20 for the first year. You can give two gift memberships for $35 and three or more gift memberships for $15 each. Are there cousins, your children or others who would profit from learning more about their Eller heritage. >> More information


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.

July 2019 Conference

Our 2019 Conrerence is planned for July 24-28, 2019 in Wilksboro, North Carolina. Wilksboro is in an area where a number of Eller families settled. A conference registration form is available here.

Wilksboro was first known as Mulberry Fields, which referred to river bottom lands and the hills on both sides of the Yadkin River near its junction with the Reddies River. Early Baptists had built the Mulberry Fields Meeting House on the south side of a hill above the valley, so when Wilkes County was created, the old wooden Meeting House was used as a temporary courthouse. [More Wilksboro History] 


J. Gerald Eller Autobiography

James Gerald Eller was a founding member of the Eller Family Association some 30 years ago and he served as the first Editor of its quarterly publication, The Chronicles. This year marks 10 years since Gerald passed away and we are marking that anniversary with his autobiography The Life and Times of James Gerald Eller.

It is rare that anyone writes down what it was like for them to grow up: their family, their school life, military, career, etc. This is a rare treat to see how life was back in the day.

Click here to read 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, 1124 Ridgeleigh Circle Dalton, GA 30720. More information at kermiteller38@gmail.com

James Wright Eller

mr ellerJames Wright Eller was the second son born to James Holiday Eller and Faraby Sanders in Monroe County, Indiana, 3 July 1843.

He was raised on the family farm in Owen County, Clay Twp, Indiana and served in the Civil War at the same time as his father who had previously served in the Mexican War. During the Civil War he was captured at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, 19 July 1864. This event would forever change his life.

He was imprisoned at the infamous Andersonville Prison. Fortunately, he was there for just five months. He escaped with others by digging a tunnel with spoons and other eating utensils. He suffered physically to his old age from the effects of the confinement. He says he weighed only 60 pounds when he escaped.

Click here for a biography prepared in 1996 by Clarence Neff.


Eller, Germany

town logoThere is a small town in Germany along the Moselle River named Eller. The town traces back to at least the year 639.

The economy is based on the wine industry and tourism. Eller and it's neighboring town of Ediger have a combined government. [More]

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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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