Eller Family Association

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

Another Great EFA Conference

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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. Oklahoma Graphic

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.

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.

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About this Website

Our Eller Family Association website includes searchable information gathered from members across the country. As of 2022 we have:

You can start by looking for a specific person using the search feature. Or you can review what's been added to the site recently by clicking on "What's New." We also try to respond to inquiries posted on our Facebook page.

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.

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Recent Eller Obituaries

A full list of 2019 to 2023 Obituaries is on our Obituaries Webpage.
To add to, or correct obituaries Please contact the Editor of the Chronicles and/or the EFA Webmaster.

Suzanne Kane Eller

Mrs. EllerSuzanne Kane Eller, born on November 16, 1944 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, peacefully passed away on November 25, 2023 in Grandy, NC. She was 79 years old. Her beloved husband, Louis Eller, shared many wonderful years with her by his side. He is from the William Eller (Pennsylvania) branch.

Suzanne graduated from The York Academy of Arts in 1965 in York, Pennsylvania. She worked at Avon Products in Newark, Delaware and served twenty years for the U. S. Postal Service as a Clerk in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, Colorado.

[ Obituary | Suzanne K. Eller in the EFA database ]


Monroe Ledford

Mr. LedfordMonroe Ledford, age 75, of Hiawassee, Georgia passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at Chatuge Regional Hospital after a brief illness. Monroe was born in Murphy, North Carolina on April 3, 1948 to the late Willard and Mattie (Kitchens) Ledford.

Monroe married the love of his life, Mrs. Evelyn Denton on February 25,1967; the two were inseparable and even worked together at each job their entire life until she passed in 2019. She was from the Jacob Eller line.

[ Obituary | Monroe Ledford in the EFA database ]


Virginia Eller Swanson

Mrs. SwansonVirginia Eller Swanson, 94, of Hayesville passed away Friday, November 24, 2023 in a Clay County care facility. She was a native and lifetime resident of Clay County.

She was the daughter of the late Virgil F. and Sallie DeHart Eller and the wife of the late Thomas Edgar Swanson who died July 17, 2009. He was from the Jacob Eller line.

[ Obituary | Virginia Eller Swanson in the EFA database ]


Pre-Order the Updated
John Jacob Eller Book

The Eller Family Association is taking pre-orders for the 2023 John Jacob Eller and His Descendants Book update. This two-volume, hard-cover set will include all of the graphic of booksoriginal 1998 version with Eller history and 16,400 names. It will also include around 16,000 additional descendants.

The cost is $125 plus $25 shipping for the two-volume set. Print date for the book is this November with orders being filled starting in January of 2024.  

Here is a Pre-Order form: http://www.ellerfamilyassociation.com/2023/pre_order.pdf

For more information contact Steve Eller. ellerpop1@yahoo.com

New Christian Emory Eller Book

Book CoverDuring our Eller Conference in Salem, we were invited to visit the‘Oak Grove Church of the Brethren’ and were graciously allowed to go through their extensive archives.  Here we found a 46-page booklet entitled “This I Remember,” collected by Henry C. Eller.

This book contains photos and recollections of Christian “Crist” Emory Eller and his wife Rebecca “Becky” Martha (Henry) Eller. It includes memories from the children of Mr. & Mrs. Eller and by friends who remember them fondly. 

It is a treasure-trove of personal history of a man who clearly left a lasting influence on his family and community.  

With permission from the Oak Grove Church, we have placed a PDF copy of the book on the EFA website http://www.ellerfamilyassociation.com/books/Eller%20Book1.pdf

In addition, we have converted the PowerPoint presentation from the conference on the Crist Eller family to a video and it too is on the website:

Welcome New Board Member

Sharon Jo Eller has been elected to the EFA Board of Directors. She was born June 19, 1953 to Shannon Jack Eller and Varvel Jane Bergen.  She was born and raised in Santa Mrs McKillipAna, CA and graduated from Santa Ana High in 1971.

She traces her line back to John Jacob Eller, the immigrant from Germany. 

She married Larry Francis McKillip in 1973 moving to Los Angeles Co., CA in 1977.

She is the mother of three: Jack Shannon, Jamie Lynn and Jessica Charlene.

Sharon Jo McKillip worked for many years for a little country school, retiring from there before assisting her husband at their insurance office for several more, before totally retiring.

Sharon replaces long-time board member Jerry Kendall who was recognized for his service at the recent EFA conference in Salem, VA.

A Trunk With Eller History

A Jacksonville, Florida, woman recently contacted the Eller Family Association regarding a trunk she received as a gift.  It contains papers and other memorabilia surrounding a Mack Eller.

trunk with Eller materialFrom an insurance application in the trunk, we’ve been able to identify him as Adolphus McMillian “Mack” Eller (1898-1990) and he was already listed in our online EFA database.  He was from Ashe County, NC and died in Jacksonville, FL.  He had a daughter Grace Eller.

Mack Eller traces his ancestry back through his father, Albert Sidney Eller; and his grandfather, James Calvin Eller.  Eventually he goes back to George Michael Eller. 

Are any of these names from your family tree?  And would you like to be custodian of this material? Perhaps review it and let the EFA know of any additional insight it might provide?

Deborah Geier (who is not an Eller descendant) says her mother was a genealogist and would be embarrassed if she just tossed the material.  She’s willing to share what she found to someone in that line. If that’s you, contact the webmaster with your mailing address and Deborah will mail the documents to you.


Towns County Historian Honored

Towns County (Georgia) Historian Jerry A. Taylor was recently presented the EFA's James W. Hook Memorial Award. Taylor is an avid genealogist and has been known to help dozens, if not hundreds, of people who are tracing their roots in Towns County, GA. He is also an Eller descendant.

Mr Taylor with others

The award from the Eller Family Association, along with a lifetime membership in the association, is in recognition of his many contributions to uncovering the Eller history in the Towns County area.

The award to Taylor reads, “…for his willingness to share and help others in their genealogy efforts.”

The award is named for James Hook who authored the definitive work on George Michael Eller. Most of the Towns County Ellers trace their ancestry back to John Jacob Eller who, most likely was a brother of George Michael.

Jerry Taylor maintains a Facebook page “Hearthstones of Home – Towns County, Georgia, History” here.