Eller Family Association

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

The History of Salisbury, NC

Many of our Eller ancestors arrived in Philadelphia and then traveled south to the area around Salisbury, North Carolina, on the Yadkin River.

The Eller Family Association held it's 2017 Conference in Salisbury and one of the speakers was Aaron Kepley, Executive Director at the Rowan Museum.

Mr. Kepley presented "A History of Salisbury, North Carolina" with special attention to our German ancestors and the reasons for their settling in Rowan County.

Here is a copy of his remarks from the EFA Conference.

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.

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.

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

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.

Ellers at

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]

eller bridge