- Jacob Eller Sr. is a brother to Melker (sic) Eller, and they could be brothers to Christian Eller. All three are mentioned in land purchases about 1760 in Rowan County, NC. Ruth Goodman (112 Brookwood Ave, Rockingham, NC 28379) says Jacob Senior came over on the Ship "Brittania." He makes his first land purchase on the Yadkin River (Rowan County, NC) on 31 Dec 1761. J.Gerald Eller (Rt.2, Box 145-D, Whittier, NC 28789) believes Jacob Eller is the "John Jacob Eyler" who arrived 05 Sep 1748 aboard the "Edinburg" from Rotterdam. He notes that there is a lot of evidence that Jacob's first name was John. And he says Jacob's first land purchase in North Carolina was made jointly with Georg Laembden. Laembden arrived in Philadelphia only two days after the arrival of John Jacob Eyler. Gerald also notes the arrival on the "Edinburg" of Lenhard Ohler (Eller) and Johannes Uhler (Eller). (Letter from Gerald Eller, dated 08 Oct 1993) Is Jacob the brother of Christian Eller? We are not certain. Jacob's will states, "I do consitute, make and ordain my well beloved friends Christian Eller and John Gethe sole executioners of this my last will and testament." He could have been a "beloved friend" and a brother, but one thinks he would have noted that. Researchers from the Eller Family Association show Casper Eller as both John Melker's and Jacob's father. The Casper-Jacob relationship is noted in "Eighteenth Century Emigrants, Volume II, the Western Palatinate" by Annette Kunselman Burgert (The Pennsylvania German Society, 1985). It quotes church records from St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Red Hill) of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, which notes the marriage of "...Jacob Eller, son of Casper Eller, born in the Palatinate, m. 11 Dec 1753 Maria Eva Goettge, daughter of Hannes Goettge, born in Zweybrucken." p. 142. There is also considerable dispute over the children of Jacob and especially which children are by which wife. Most of that debate centers around the daughter Eve. Ruth Earnhardt Goodman (112 N. Brookwood Ave., Rockingham, NC 28379) lists Eve as a daughter of Jacob and his second wife, Barbary (see RIN #3372). And Ms. Peggy Troutman (Salisbury, NC) seems to suggest that John Melker (Melchoir, Michael) might also be a child of Jacob and the second wife. While others aren't even willing to list John Melker as a child of Jacob at all. Jacob's will doesn't help a lot but it does note that the second wife, Barbary, bore him two children who are to get a "chest and the wearing apparrel that apertained to my last wife Barbary."