For 30 years, the Eller Family Association has met every two years to discuss family history, make connections and socialize.
Our 2019 Conference is planned for July 24-28, 2019 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Wilkesboro is in an area where a number of Eller families settled. A conference registration form is available here.
Wilkesboro 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 Wilkesboro History]
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 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.
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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
Wilkesboro, NC, home of the 2019 Eller Family Conference, is also the county seat of Wilkes County. Home to many Ellers and other related cousin lines like the Vannoys and the McNeils. Wilkes County is a treasure trove of Eller History, especially on the George Michael line. For the researcher, look no further than the Wilkes County Library, home of the Wilkes Genealogical Society.
"The Heritage of Wilkes County," published by the Wilkes County Genealogical Society in 1982 (and volume II in 1990) provides considerable insight into the influence of Ellers and their cousins in the history of Wilkes County. These popular volumes are probably available at your favorite genealogical library.
An article entitled "Eller Families of Wilkes County" was published in the February 1993 Eller Chronicles which detailed a few of the Eller families in Wilkes County starting with James Madison Eller and his wife Nancy Louise Vannoy. James was the great-grandson of immigrant George Michael Eller. [More]
For more on the conference and a registration form, click here.
James Wright Eller
James 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.
James Gerald Eller
Gerald Eller was a founding member of the Eller Family Association and served as the first Editor of the "Eller Chronicles."
Before he passed, his daughter Jerri persuaded himn to write an autobiography.
It was written between 1996 and 1999 and published in the May and August 2018 issues of the "Eller Chronicles."
Hardy "Hard" Eller
Hardy Washington Eller (1843-1908) was the son of Jacob "Jake" Eller and husband of Nancy M Allen and son of Susannah “Sukey” Eller of the John Jacob Eller line.
Hard (as family called him) was born in what was then - Rabun County. Towns County was created from parts of Rabun and Union in 1856. Hardy and Martha Jane Garrett Eller had 12, maybe 13 children.
There is a biography by Steve Eller of Hardy Eller in our November 2018 issue of the "Eller Chronicles."