Our 30+ year tradition continued in July with our bienial Eller Family Association conference in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Some 50 people attended all or part of the conference which featured presentations on a wide range of topics, tours and socializing. Special thanks to our hostess, Christine Eller Walker. More photos and conference highlights in the upcoming "Chronicles" and here on the EFA website. Click on the photo below for a larger image.
Wilkesboro was selected for the conference because of the large number of Eller families there.
It is believed that Peter Eller (1748-1799), son of George Michael Eller (1722-1778), the immigrant, setteled in Wilkes County. Peter is believed to be the only child by George Michael's first (unknown) wife.
There are also descendants of Conrad Eller (1784-before 1850), son of Melchior Eller (1735-1799), the immigrant, in an area along Germantown Road in Wilkes County. We are working now to doccument that line.
Our next conference wil be in 2021 in Georgia. Look for more details as we get closer to the date.
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Family trditions say the George Eller who married Rocena Goodman and died in Union County, Illinois, in 1870 may have been born in Germany. He certainly passed through Rowan County, North Carolina, as so many of our Eller ancestors did. Descendant Winnie Eller Green says the family was upset about the coming Civil War and moved from North Carolina to Illinois with son George Henry M. Eller (he later dropped the "Henry").
By the early 1880's, Son George M. Eller (above photo with his family) moved to Texas and in 1902 he moved to the Indian territory of Oklahoma. Ms. Green provided us with extensive documenttion of that line's descendants. The question remains, was George from Germany, and thus a new line to trace, or does he somehow fit into the Ellers already in Rowan County, North Carolina.
[ George Henry Milton Eller in the Database ]