- "Anno 1756 on April 17 the following young persons were confirmed by the Evangelical doctrine of the New Hanover Congregation & on the 18th of April were admitted to the Holy Communion." Listed: "Melchior Eller, the late Casper Eller's son in his 20th year." GERMAN CHURCH RECORDS FROM PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN SOCIETY, PROCEEDINGS AND ADDRESSES, VOL. II, Geneal. Publ. Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1983, p. 299
The above record shows that:
a. Melchior's father, Casper Eller, was dead
b. Melchior's birthdate was 1735 or 1736 depending upon his birth month.
c. Melchior was confirmed a Lutheran; a significant point in view of the belief that he might have been a German Baptist Brethern (Dunkard) in Rowan Co., NC because of his refusal to bear arms during the Revolutionary War.
d. Melchor's confirmation record along with Jacob Eller's marriage record show them to be brothers whose father, Casper, died 1753-1756. It is not clear if Casper died in Pennsylvania or Germany since no other record of this Casper Eller has yet been found.
Other Rowan Co., N.C. References:
Rowan County 1764- Abstract of Land Deed
Book 5 page 463, "April 11 1764, Jacob Brown & wife Elizabeth let MELKAR ELLER- all of Rowan Co., N.C.- have 157 acres next ______ ? Smith, for 5 shillings (The release price being 15 pounds witnessed by Alexander Martin & Daniel Little & Acknowledged April 11 1764. (Earl Granville let Jacob Brown have this on April 4 1761)." McCubbin Collection
Court Record: Minute Book 1773-1886, Rowan County, N.C., p. 330. John Melker and John Melker II found not guilty on charges of being Tories.
(Eds. Hook thought that some of the North Carolina Ellers were Dunkards (German Baptist Brethern). This idea, not documented, may be based solely on the above record which suggests an unwillingness to bear arms (a tenet of the Dunkards faith). Actually Melker Eller, Sr. was confirmed a Lutheran and his unwillingness to bear arms may have derived from his unwillingness to break a previous oath of allegiance to King George made either at the time of his arrival in America or following the Regulator movement in N.C.)