1. So far I only list two brothers, George Michael and Henry. There may be some relationship between these two with John Jacob, Melchoir, and Christian Eller of Rowan County, North Carolina. Rowan County was the original furthest west North Carolina county in colonial days and later was divided up into more than 20 other counties and the State of Tennessee. The following article is from the online "Eller Chronicles;" the author, J. Gerald Eller, is well respected in the Eller Family Association. Copied from website http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~adelr/feb94/feb94p5.htm. He notes:
"Were John Jacob, Christian, John Melker, George Michael and Henry Eller close relatives, even brothers? Present evidence supports only a limited answer. That John Jacob and John Melker were brothers is considered proven; a preponderance of evidence supports the same relationship existed with Henry and George Michael Eller. Christian was a probable brother or close relative of Jacob and Melchior. If all five were not brothers, they appear, as J.W. Hook inferred, to have been close relatives who probably came from the same place in Germany. The search for that place is a current Eller Family Association sponsored research project."
See their father's notes for more extensive article on the other three North Carolina Ellers, their migration, and other interesting notes on early Eller days in North Carolina.
2. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, p. 88:
"...George Michael Eller, our ancestor, who may be the son or one of the above, was in Rowan County with Jacob, Christian and Melchoir Eller at that same time and may have been there for a number years since his son Leonard said he was born at Fort Litters, N.C. in 1759. George Michael Eller bought land next to his brother Henry, in Frederick Co., MD in 1773, so he went back to Frederick County..." [Kerry's note: it may be he never went to North Carolina at all and his being there is supposition and not proven.]
3. FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, pp. 119-123, in speaking of George Michael Eller: "George apparently had a brother, Henry (d. 1788; md. to Elizabeth Bigler).
4. FHL Book 929.273, film 6005243, "John Jacob Eller and His Descendants with Other Pre-1800 Eller Immigrants to America," by the Eller Family Association, 1998, 817-297-1280: J. Gerald Eller, one of the principals and founders of the modern Eller Family Association, presents in the book a chronological listing of all known pre-1800 Eller immigrants to America beginning in 1663 in Virginia including 26 total. Included in the list with his comments are:
"No. 9: "Geo. Eler also listed as Hanes Jerg Oheler 1743, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), '…imported in St. Andrew… from Rotterdam… last from Cowes.' (S&H, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol. 1), p. 348. Hook, 1957, p. 6, says with reference to George Michael Eller, 'he may have been the George Eller, aged 20, who came on the ship St. Andrew with Hans George Oehler, aged 43, both of whom took their oaths 7 Oct 1743.' No descendants are known. Note: This is not George Michael Eller."
No. 10: "Michael (+) Eller (1743, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), "…imported in the ship Phoenix…from Rotterdam…last from Cowes, (S&H, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol. 1), P. 356). (Note: Other evidence says this was George Michael Eller of Frederick Co., MD for whom many records exist - see Chap. 4.
No. 12: "Henry (H) Eller (1746, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), '…imported in the Neptune… from Rotterdam …last from England…' (S&H, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, vol. 1), p. 362. Note: This is thought to be Henry Eller of Frederick Co., MD for whom many records exist. He signed his name with an H rather than an X."
No. 13: "Christian (x) Eller (1747, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), "…imported in the Restauration …from Rotterdam …last from Lieth…inhabitants of the Palatinate and places adjacent." (S&H, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, vol. 1), p. 365). Note: this is thought to be Christian Eller of Rowan County, North Carolina, for whom many records exist."
No. 14: Jacob Eller (1753, Red Hill, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania), Lutheran Church Marriage Record: St. Paul's Lutheran (Red Hill) Churchbook, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. Burgert, Annette K. 'Eighteenth Century Emigrants, Vol. II, The Western Palatinate,' (The Pennsylvania German Society, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, 1985), p. 142. Note: This was John Jacob Eller of Rowan County, North Carolina."
No. 15: "Michael Eller (1753, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania), Deed: 25 Acres, April 12, 1753. Egle, William Henry (Ed.), Wm. Stanley Ray, 'Provincial Papers: Warrantees of Land in the Several Counties of the State of Pennsylvania, 1730-1898, Vol. II, 1898,; p. 402. Note: This possibly was George Michael Eller who later removed to Frederick County, Maryland."
No. 16: "Henry Eler (Eller) (1754. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania), Church Record: "Henry Eler and wife baptized 14 April 1754 by Elder Michael Franz, Conestoga Dunker Congregation, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Cocalico District" by Martin Baumbaugh, 'A History of the Brethern, (Church of the Brethern Press, Elgin, Illinois, 1899), p. 312. Note: This Henry Eller removed to Frederick County, Maryland, and was perhaps the same Henry Eller as listed above #12 above."
No. 17: "Melchior Eller (1756, The New Hanover Lutheran Church, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania), 'Pennsylvania German Church Records of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, etc., From the Pennsylvania German Society Proceedings and Addressed Vol. II., Baltimore,' (Geneal. Publ. Co., Inc, 1983), p. 299. (Note: This is the confirmation record for 'Melchior Eller, son of the late Casper Eller, in his 20th year,' and the immigrant Melchior (Melcher) Eller, of Rowan County, North Carolina.)"
[From another chapter:]
"The following genealogy by Clarice Eller Stanley of Martin's Ferry, Ohio and taken from Eller Chronicles, vol. VII:2 Sp. Ed. May 1994, provides much new information on Henry Eller and descendants of his sons, but little new information on descendants of his daughters. Clarice won the prestigious research award from EFA in 1995 for her work on this family: "Henry Eller and Elizabeth Bigler, their children and grandchildren:
a. Joseph married Elizabeth Graybill.
b. Maria Elizabeth, b. 1752, Frederick Co., MD; d. ca. 1815, Preble Co., OH; m. Christian Herter. Children: Susanna, Henry, Phoebe, John, Rebecca, Mary, Joseph, Catherine.
c. Rebecca, b. ca. 1760; m. Christian Gerber.
d. Henry Jr., b. ca. 1762, MD; d. ca. 1838, Montgomery Co., OH; m. Frances Graybill; Children: Daniel, Mary, Christina, unknown female, Henry III, Abraham, Frances, Sarah, Elizabeth Anna.
e. Jacob Sr., b.ca. 1764, MD; d. 1831, MD; m. MD, 14 Oct 1792, Eva Margaret Willard; Children: Sally, Jacob Jr., Elias, Susan, Peter.
f. Esther, m. George Bechtel, 18 Mar 1794, German Reformed Church, Frederick Co., MD.
g. Daniel, b. ca 1769 in VA or MD; d. aft 1850; m. Hannah (Unknown); one child.
h. Mary Magdalene, b. 8 Aug 1775, MD; m. 3 Dec 1793, Carroll Co., MD, Jacob Garber II; Children: Michael Jacob III, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Samuel, Lydia, Christina, Nancy, Mary Madlana, Henry, Susanna.
i. Maria, b. in Maryland, m. Christian Schaub, 31 Aug 1803, Frederick Co., MD.
j. Salome, born in Maryland, m. Henry Schultz.
k. Peter, b. ca. 1780, MD; d. 8 Jan 1843, Washington County, Pennsylvania; m. Mary.
"A Henry Eler (Eller) and wife were baptized at Conestoga Church, a Dunkard Church in Lancaster Co., PA, by Elder Michael Franz on Apr. 14, 1754. The will of Dunker Zachariah Albaugh (Frederick Co., MD) also reveals the Dunker relationships of Henry Eller who was a witness to his will dated July 4, 1782. J.M. Henry describes Henry Eller as a Brethern (Dunkard) (Brumbaugh, M.G., pp. 202-203). This same Henry Eller later removed to Frederick County, Maryland and took up land in 1767. In 1773, George Michael Eller took up land adjacent to that of Henry Eller. Henry and George Michael Eller lived on Pipes Creek, Frederick County, Maryland until their deaths, George Michael in 1778, and Henry in 1788. Henry belonged to the Pipes Creek Dunkard Church which was located near his farm. George Michael Eller may also have been a Dunkard, although records show two of his daughters were married in Lutheran churches (Hook-1957, p. 10). There are no records that Henry or any of his children ever lived in North Carolina."
5. From the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT in an article entitled "Our Grable History." The portion below is a partial quote concerning the Henry Eller - see John Peter Graybill's notes for the full transcription:
"Henry Eller, a probable brother of George Michael Eller, left property to the following children. Joseph Eller, m. Elizabeth Grabill; Henry Eller Jr. m. Francey Grabill; Jacob Eller m. Margareth; Ester Eller; Daniel Eller m. Hannah; Sarah Eller; Magdelina Eller m. Jacob Garber; Elizabeth m. Christian Herter; Rebecca m. Christian Garber of Samuel; Maria Eller; Salome Eller m. Henry Shultz; and Peter Eller. This Peter Eller came to West Bethlehem Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania early as did Joseph Grable, Jacob Garber, Catherine Garber Bigler, Jonathon Garber and Samuel Garber.
The Henry Eller family is disclosed in Deed H. B. 657, April 21, 1794, Washington County, Maryland in which Joseph Eller is buying out his brothers and sisters. The Garber men signed in German script; the women made marks. By Deed P-128 June 13, 1772 Frederick County Maryland Henry Eller bought 102 acres of "Ivy Church" from Leonard Kitzmiller for one hundred and seventy seven pounds..."
6. Index of miscellaneous deeds from the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT. I am not sure of the relationship, if any, of all the parties herein listed and this is for reference only:
"Some Frederick County Maryland Deeds:
E-125 Joseph Grable to Jacob Funk, March 20, 1753
E-509 Joseph Grable to Jacob Funk, August 21, 1754 Agreement
F-244 Joseph Grable to Jacob Funk, May 28, 1757
F-393 Joseph Grable from James ___, February 11, 1758
K-782 Joseph Grable to Jacob Roland, November 19, 1766
K-782 Samuel Grable from Leonard White, November 14, 1766
K-743 Joseph Grable to Jacob Funk - Release
K-803 Martin Garver from Jacob Danner, December 19, 1766
K-1284 Henry Eller to Jacob Flora, June 6, 1767
L-515 John Garver from Jacob Danner, October 1, 1768
N-396 Leonard Kitzmiller from Samuel Stringer, October 10, 1770
N-505 Peter Wampler from Richard Coroxal, December 15, 1770
S-96 George Michael Eller from Edward Gaither
O-3 Henry Eller to David Buzzard, January 14, 1771
L-665 John Grable to Jacob Roland, May 1772
P-128 Henry Eller from Leonard Kitzmiller, June 13, 1772
P-110 Leonard Kitzmiller to Samuel Carver, June 13, 1772
BD1-539 John Garver to Jacob Danner, May 22, 1775- did not find
BD6-34 John Grabill to Jacob Danner, June 20, 1775
WR-2-543 Peter Grable to Michael Christ, May 26, 1779
WR-3-71 John Grabell to Wm. Renner, July 27, 1782
GM2-444 Peter Wampler, 1782
WR-4-98 Peter Grable to Michael Christ, May 26, 1779
WR-6-4 Henry Eller to Philip Fishburn, June 22, 1784
WR-6-84 Henry Eller to Francis B. Sappington, August 19, 1784
WR-3-205 John Grable from John Bowman, Bill of Sale
WR-7-332 John Grable and others to George Kitzburger, June 12, 1787
WR-7-616 John Grable to Paul Clapsdale, December 4, 1787
WR-8-505 John Grable from John Shuk, June 8, 1789 Bill of Sale
WR-9-194 John Grable from Sam Cole, April 30, 1790
WR-9-250 John Grable from Joseph Boyer, June 1, 1790
WR-9-46 Peter Grable from Martin Sheets, July 8, 1790
WR-9-546 Peter Grable from Henry Repp, December 7, 1790
WR-11-279 John Garber and others, September 24, 1791, Agreement
WR-11-210 John Wampler to Lazarus Findburg, November 21, 1792
WR-11-199 Joseph Wampler from Michael Baer, November 19, 1792
WR-11-587 Joseph Eller from Jacob Baer, May 31, 1793
WR 12-41 John Garber, Upton Scott and others, May 9, 1794 Agreement
WR 12-445 John Grable from Balser Riam, June 3, 1794
WR 12-447 John Grable from Balser Riam, June 3, 1794
WR 12-456 John Grable to Christian Ebey, June 6, 1794
WR 12-451 John Grable to Christian Ebey, June 6, 1794
WR 12-535 John Grable from Conrad Cragon, August 14, 1794
WR 12-516 John Grable to Rebecca Reynolds, July 30, 1794
WR 13-153 John Grable to Conrad Hi , March 26, 1795
WR 13-126 Joseph Eller from Frederick Murray, March 24, 1795
WR 13-449 Martin Garber from Richard Cook, August 11, 1795
WR 13-263 Martin Garber from Philip Fishburn, May 6, 1795
WR 15-481 John Grable from Negro Bill, July 5, 1797
WR 15-595 Joseph Eller from John Kerr, September 6, 1797
WR 15-518 Martin Garber from Richard Coal, August 8, 1797
WR 15-519 Joseph Grable from Martin Garber, August 8, 1797
WR 15-395 David Wampler from Joseph Grable, June 8, 1797
WR 17-44 Jacob Grable from Wm. Hardin, May 24, 1798
WR 19-71 David Wampler from Christian Simmons, October 8, 1799
WR 12-245 Peter Wampler from Samuel Chase, March 1794
WR 16-463 John Wampler from Joseph Baker, May 2, 1795
WR 17-302 John Garber from ___ Scott, October 2, 1798
WR 19-247 Joseph Eller from Jacob Young, January 16, 1800
WR 19-250 Joseph Eller to Jacob Pofsbarger, January 17, 1800
WR 19-252 Joseph Eller to Michael Minor Sr., January 17, 1800
WR 19-444 John Wampler to John Iler, April 16, 1800
WR 21-466 John Grable from Christian Leasner, September 17, 1801
WR 21-541 Jacob Garber to Joseph Baker, October 21, 1801
WR 23-227 Martin Carver and others to Samuel Garber, July 29, 1802
WR 23-228 Samuel Garber from Christian Garber and others, July 29, 1802
WR 23-229 Samuel Garber and others to Christian Garber, July 29, 1802
WR 23-231 John Garber from John Wampler, July 29, 1802
WR 23-234 John Wampler to Martin Garber, July 29, 1802
WR 22-548 Moses Grable from Craig Marshall, May 15, 1802
WR 20-41 Martin Garber from Wm. Head, June 21, 1800
WR 20-43 Martin Garber from Peter Kramer, June 28, 1800
WR 22-4 Moses Grable to Michael Freeze, November 3, 1801
WR 25-579 John Garber from Israel Bigler, May 8, 1804
WR 26-71 John Garber from Anna Garber and others, September 5, 1804
WR 27-544 Joseph Grable to Peter Grable, October 10, 1805
WR 39-561 John Grable from Peter Grable, May 22, 1811
WR 42-380 John Grable and others to State of Maryland, May 31, 1813
WR 44-85 John Grable to Louis Mottier, April 5, 1813"
7. FHL book 929.273 EL54ejg "John Jacob Eller and His Descendants with Other Pre-1800 Eller Immigrants to America...," by J. Gerald Eller, Edward K. Eller, and Janine Eller Porter (The Eller Family Association, 1998), pp. 22-27:
A Henry Ellars (Eller) came on the ship Neptune from Rotterdam and took the Oath of
Allegiance 25 Oct 1746. This is believed to be Henry Eller who bought land called Hammond Strife in Frederick County, Maryland on 6 June 1767. Hook thought Henry Eller was probably a brother of George Michael Eller since they lived in the same community. As already slated elsewhere, evidence indicates they were probably also brothers or close relatives of John Jacob, John Melchior and Christian Eller of Rowan County, North Carolina, but the degree of their kinship to the latter three has not been proven beyond some doubt.
Table VII below is based on genealogy by Clarice Eller Stanley of Martin's Ferry, Ohio and taken from the Eller Chronicles, Vol VII:2 Sp. Ed. May, 1994. This provides much new information on Henry Eller and descendants of his sons, but little new information on descendants of his daughters. For sources of new information on this line, see the listings from the Eller Chronicles in the bibliography at the end of this chapter for her major contribution to the family history and genealogy of this line. Clarice Eller Stanley was awarded the James W. Hook Memorial Award by the Eller Family Association at its 1995 biennial conference in Asheville, North Carolina.
Table VII: Henry Eller married Elizabeth Bigler. Frederick County, Maryland. Their children and grandchildren:
1 Joseph married Elizabeth Graybill.
2. Maria Elizabeth, b 1752, Frederick Co., MD; d ca. 1815, Preble Co., OH; m Christian Herter; Children: Susanna, Henry, Phoebe, John, Rebecca, Mary, Joseph, Catherine.
3. Rebecca, b ca. 1760; m. Christian Gerber
4. Henry Jr ... b ca. 1762, MD; d ca. 1838, Montgomery Co., OH; m Frances Graybill; Children: Daniel. Mary, Christina. Unknown female. Henry HI. Abraham. Frances. Sarah.
5. Jacob Sr., b ca. 1764, MD; d 1831, MD; m. MD, 14 Oct 1792, Eva Margaret Willard; Children: Sally, Jacob Jr., Elias, Susan, Peter.
6. Esther, m George Bechtel, 18 Mar. 1794, German Reformed Ch., Frederick Co., MD.
7. Daniel, b ca 1769 in VA or MD; d aft. 1850; m Hannah (Unknown); one child.
8. Mary Magdalene, b 8 Aug 1775, MD; m 3 Dec 1793, Carroll Co., MD, Jacob Garber II; Children: Michael Jacob III, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Samuel, Lydia, Christina, Nancy, Mary Madlana, Henry, Susanna.
9. Maria, b in Maryland, m Christian Schaub, 31 Aug. 1803, Frederick Co., MD.
10. Salome, born in Maryland, m Henry Schultz.
11. Peter, b ca. 1780. Maryland; d 8 Jan 1843, Washington County, Pennsylvania; m. Mary.
Primary centers from which descendants spread: Frederick and Washington Co., MD; Montgomery and Preble Co., OH; Washington Co., PA; Calloway and Autrain Co., MO; Marshall Co., WV. (Stanley Clarice V. Eller, Eller Chronicles, VIII 2, Sp. Ed., May 1994)
"A Henry Eler (Eller) and wife were baptized at Conestoga Church, a Dunkard Church in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania by Elder Michael Franz on April 14, 1754. The will of Dunker Zachariah Albaugh (Frederick County, Maryland) also reveals the Dunker relationships of Henry Eller who was a witness to his will dated July 4, 1782. J. M. Henry describes Henry Eller as a Brethern (Dunkard)" This same Henry Eller later removed to Frederick County, Maryland and took up land 6 Jun 1767. In 1773, George Michael Eller took up land adjacent to that of Henry Eller.
Henry and George Michael Eller lived on Pipes Creek, Frederick County, Maryland until their deaths. George Michael in 1778, and Henry in 1788. Henry belonged to the Pipes Creek Dunkard Church which was located near his farm George Michael Eller may also have been a Dunkard. Although records show two of his daughters were married in Lutheran churches, there are no records that Henry or any of his children ever lived in North Carolina.
The fact that Henry Eller was a Dunkard, and so possibly was George Michael Eller, undoubtedly influenced Hook (1957. p. 53) to think that Jacob Eller of Botetourt County, Virginia (Chapter 8) was probably a son of George Michael Eller, because this Jacob Eller and his descendants were Dunkards, and many of them remain so today.
1. Strassburger & Hinke. Vol. I (1992), p. 362.
2. Hook (1957). p. 1 (Deed Bk. K. p 1284, Frederick Co., MD.)
3. Ibid. p. I "On 6 June 1767 a Henry Eller bought land called Hammond Strife in Frederick Co., Maryland (Deed Book K. p. 1248. Frederick Co., MD.).
4. Brumbaugh, M.G., pp 202-203.
5. Hook (1957), pp 6-8. George Michael Eller died in Frederick County, Maryland before 23 August 1778 when his will, written in the German language and translated and put on record by Thomas Schley, was proved in the Frederick Co., MD court.
6. Stanley, Clarice V. Eller, EC, VIII:2. Sp. Ed., (May 1994).
7. Hook (1957), p. 10.
New Information on Henry Eller and His Descendants from the Eller Chronicles (EC):
Barrup, Jay B., Henry Eller, Ann Mary Eller, and Some Mikesell Descendants, VI:2:123-129.
Christensen, Brian, Christina Eller and Henry Shoup. IV:4:181-187.
Eller, A. Wm., Discovery of a New Eller Book: Eller-Cochran Genealogy. IV:4:199-207.
Eller, Alfred D., Joshua Nubo Eller, Sp. Ed. IX:1. Feb. 1995.
Hepper, Thelma N., More on Immigrant. Henry Eller. IV:2:63-65.
Honeyman, Gale, E.S., Immigrant Henry Eller, Sr., and Elizabeth Bigler, II:2:63-65.
Genealogical Notes, IV:4:208-209.
Stanley, Clarice V., Immigrant Henry Eller and Elizabeth Bigler, II-3:112-122.
Henry & Elizabeth Bigler Eller Family History, VII:4:304-305.
Peter Eller, IV:4:187-198; V:1:34-40.
Henry Eller Descendants, IV:4:211-213.
Henry and Elizabeth Bigler Eller, VIII:2, Sp. Ed., May 1994."
8. Acted as one of two executors in the estate of his brother George Michael Eller in Frederick Co., Maryland, 26 Oct 1779. See notes below from James Hook's book.
9. Per online "Eller Chronicles," http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~adelr/may88/may88p6.htm:
"Immigrant Henry Eller. Sr. and Elizabeth Bigler," compiler: Gale Edwin Spitzer Honeyman, 470 Grove #2, San Francisco, CA, 94102. (Eds.: The following confirms and greatly extends the information first published by James W. Hook, 1957, on Henry Eller who arrived in Philadelphia 25 Oct 1746 aboard the Neptune.)
Henry Eler and wife baptised 14 Apr 1754 by Elder Michael Franz, Conestoga Dunker Congregation, Lancaster Co., PA, Cocalico District. From: "A History of the Brethern," by Martin Brumbaugh, 1899, p. 312.
Frederick Co., MD Deed Liber K, Folio 1284: Jacoby Catherine Flora to Henry Eller, 90 acres, part of Hammond Strife, 6 Jun 1767, witnesses Thomas & Elizabeth Wood. Located near Linwood between Uniontown and New Windsor in the Pipe Creek Dunker District.
Ibid, Liber B-0, Folio 3: Henry & Elizabeth Eller sold same 14 Jun 1771.
Ibid, Liber P, Folio 128: Henry bought 110 on Beaver Dam Branch of Little Pipe, Creek, 13 Jun 1772 in Beaver Dam Dist.
Ibid, Liber WR-6, Folio 4: Henry and Elizabeth Eller sold same 16 May 1785.
Washington Co., MD Deed Liber H-41, Folio 657: "Where as a certain Henry Eller of Washington County deceased the father of Joseph Eller, Elizabeth Eller, Rebecca Eller, Henry Eller, Jacob Eler (sic), Ester (sic) Eller, Daniel Eller, Sarah Eller, Magdalena Eller, Maria Eler (sic), Saloma Eler (sic), Peter Eler (sic), and at the same time of his death was seized in fee of two tracts of Land the one called Wallings Such the other tract called part of Adventure lying and being in Washington County and containing One Hundred and Ninty and One Half Acre of Land. Deed to Joseph Eller by Heirs Christian Elizabeth Herter, Christian and Rebecca Gerber, Henry & Fronica Eller, Jacob & Magadalena Gerber. 24 Dec 1793, all of Washington Co., MD.
lbid, have Reference to Deed Liber & Folios as follows regarding said tracts, but not content: H,657, 860; J, 396; M, 462. Peter Eller signed release 5 Apr 1800. Apparently remaining heirs signed deeds for which I have no record.
Abstracts from The Mary Bigler Family: 1738 bought tract in Lancaster (York) Co., PA. 1743, 1750, 1761, 1781 bought adjoining tracts along Great Pipe Creek. As Marks Beigler of Pipe Creek Hundred wrote will 19 Mar 1787, "... To my daughter Elizabeth wife of Henry Eller the sum of six pounds lawful money of the State of Maryland." Known as a Dunker of the Pipe Creek Congregation.
Children of Henry Eller, Sr. and Elizabeth Bigler:
2. Elizabeth c1757 - c1827 Lanier Twp., Preble Co., OH, m. c1774 Christian Herter c1754 - c1825 s/o Johannes George & Eva
3. Rebecca m. Christian Gerber/Garber
4. Henry II? - 1832 Randolph Twp., Montgomery Co., OH, m. Francis
5. Jacob c1764 - Buried 8 May 1831 Burkittsville, MD, m. 14 Oct 1789
6. Esther (?) m. 18 Mar 1794 Frederick Co., MD to George Bechtel
7. Daniel m. Hannah
9. Mary Magdalena 8 Aug 1775 - ?, m. 3 Dec 1793 to Jacob Garber, 14 May 1767 - 19 Jan 1852, s/o Jacob
10. Maria (? Anna Mary 28 Jan 17 - ) - 8 Dec 1816, m. John Mikesell, 28 Mar 1752 - 14 Aug 1827 Montgomery Co., OH, s/o Andrew & Catharina (Ahlentz) - (Anna Mary), (John's first wife whom he m. c1775 which places her too early of a birth if children were named in deed according to rotation of their birth.)
11. Salome, thought to have m. Henry Schultz
12. Peter, thought to have m. Anna Ingle (Angle)
Editor's note. Mr. Honeyman goes on to say that upon request he can send data for Children, Elizabeth Harter, Mary Magdalena Garber and the assumed Anna Mary Mikesell. He says, "I have fully abstracted all Eller data, except deeds, in the Miami CO., OH courthouse. Leonard Eller of the George Michael line lived there for a short time and Hook did not hit 100% in his data regarding Leonard's family." Mr. Honeyman also listed the following citations: (1) "A Harter Journal," 1982, by Byron H. Harter, 701 SE 6th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33301 (contains the family records of Christian & Elizabeth Eller Harter. Eldest daughter of emigrant Henry, pp. 23-105. Removed from MD to Preble Co., OH.) (2) "The Garber Historical and Genealogical Record," Vol. 1, No. 1, 1937, by (late) Clark M. Garber. (Contains the family record of Jacob, Mary Magdalene (Eller) Garber II, daughter of Emigrant Henry Eller. A Brethern minister, removed from MD to Washington Co., PA to Jefferson Twp., Richland Co., OH. Clark noted there were numerous Eller burials in the Ten Mile Church of the Brethern Cemetery in Washington Co., PA.) (3) "The Mark Bigler Family," 1960 by Norman Burns, is descendant of Mark (Marcus Beegler) Bigler, emigrant on Richard and Elizabeth, 28 Sep 1733, Philadelphia, subsequently wed Catharine ___?, parents of Elizabeth, wife of emigrant Henry Eller. This marriage is mentioned but line of descent was unknown to author. (4) "Meiyssel Meixel Mikesell," 1985, by Aradella M. Rohde, gives family of John & Anna Mary (Eller) Mikesell."
10. Per online "Eller Chronicles," http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~adelr/may90/may90p1.htm#henry:
"Henry Eller, Sr. married Elizabeth Bigler, daughter of Mark and Catherine Bigler, in Pennsylvania. According to a deed recorded in Deed Book K, pg. 1284, of Frederick County, Maryland, Henry bought a parcel of 90 acres in "Hammond's Strife" near his brother George Michael, on June 6, 1767. He sold his property on June 14, 1771, as shown in Deed Book O, pg. 3. On June 23, 1772, Henry bought 110 acres on Beaver Dam, a draught of Little Pipe Creek, in Frederick County, Maryland, and sold it on May 16, 1785. This deed was recorded in Deed Book P, pg. 128, and Deed Book WR 6 pg. 4. Henry Eller died in 1788 in Washington County, Maryland."
11. Henry is discussed at length in the following biography of his presumed brother George Michael Eller per FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 6-14:
"George Michael Eller died in Frederick County, Maryland before 25 Aug 1778 when his will, written in the German language and translated and put on record by Thomas Schley, was proved in the Frederick County court. The fact that his will was written in German indicates that he was born in Germany. No George Michael Eller is shown in any list of foreigners who took the Oath of Allegiance to the State of Pennsylvania between 1727 and 1775 nor in any other list of immigrants that this writer has seen. He may or may not have been the Michael Eller who came on the ship 'Phoenix' and took his oath 30 Sep 1743, or he may have been the George Eller, aged 20, who came on the ship 'St. Andrew' with Hans Georg Oehler, aged 43, both of whom took their oaths 7 Oct 1743. Or he may have come to America as a lad before 1727 before importee lists were kept and, of course, he may have been one of those immigrants whose name was lost in the mutilation of the 1727-1775 lists that occurred before they were gathered together and published by the State of Pennsylvania in Vol.17 of the second series of Pennsylvania Archives. Finally, he may not have landed in Pennsylvania at all but in Maryland which state kept no record of individual German importees.
William Eller, 1819-1894, son of John Eller and grandson of Leonard Eller and great-grandson of George Michael Eller wrote the following in a family Bible, published in 1880, and now owned by Mrs. Paul Joseph Harrop, 1613 W. Riverview Av., Dayton, Ohio: 'William Eller was born July 26, A.D. 1819 John Eller was mi father he was Born in Ashe County, North Carolina his father was Lenard Eller he was born in at fort (ford, fork) littors, North Carolina his father came from Bebon (Baden) Co. Germany in the year 1690.'
All parts of this Bible record are proved by public records except the birth place of Lenard (Leonard) Eller, the place (Bebon Co., Germany where Leonard's father was born and the date (1690)… Fort (ford, fork) Littors, North Carolina and Bebon Co., Germany have not been located at this writing by this writer and 1690 as the arrival date of the father of Lenard (Leonard) Eller, born in 1754 is not tenable. The date of 1690 would not have been unreasonable as the birth year of Leonard Eller's father and 1730 to 1745 as the time of his arrival in America. (Note by J.W.H. - Peter Eller, elder brother of Leonard Eller, lived on land described in the land grant as 'beginning at a spruce pine on the Upper Ford of Rones Creek.' Trading Ford on the Yadkin River was an early landmark in Rowan Co. It was located about 6 miles north east of the town of Salisbury, probably where the present road to Lexington crosses the Yadkin River near the fork of the two branches of the river. It is mentioned as early as 1701 and doubtless was on the primitive road called the 'Trading Path' down which many of the settlers traveled on their way to N.C. from PA and MD. Littors Fort (Ford, Fork) of above Bible record may be the same. At any rate, the river crossing of the road that runs from Salisbury to Lexington is very near the place where all the Ellers first settled in NC.)
The wife of George Michael Eller as given in his will was Anna Maria, but the way the will reads it is apparent that she was not his first wife and very likely not the mother of any of the children named in same. The will bore no date but was proved by its witnesses 25 Aug 1778. This writer suspects that it was written several years before his death. It reads as follows, (Will Book G.M., No. 1, p. 76, Frederick Co., MD):
'In the name of God amen. I George Michael Eller of Frederick County in the province of Maryland living, am for this time sik and not right well but in my sound memory thanks be given unto God therefore seeing my nullity, ordain herein my Last Will and Testament in full love. I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body to the earth, to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors, my Executors shall in the first place pay out of my Estate all my just debts, and the overplus what the Lord gave me in this world I ordain as followith, my beloved wife, Anna Maria I give fifty pounds lawful Money, the small red cow with a white head, thirty bushels of wheat, her bed and her chest she bought (brought) to me, also the small and large Iron Potts, a half dozn peuter plates, one peuter basin, a dozn peuter spoons and a small melt pan, three iron kettles, a small washer tup a water tup and the churn, her spinnin wheel, her lamp, her Bible and Psal mody, one quart tin mog, and a pint do, on quart bottle, and every year fifteen pounds as long as they can live together also her clothing out of my Estate they can agree together, the aforesaid fifteen pounds to be paid to her in the first year only out of my whole estate, and if they can agree to live longer together, then the six younger children shall pay her the same by themselves out of my good consideration I caused to be right and is my last will and Testament that my oldest son Peter Eller, shall have the sum of 97 pounds lawful money, and my son Leonard Eller shall have the sum of 82 pounds and my daughter Elizabeth shall likewise have 82 pounds lawful money; and these said three children shall have that money three years after my decease then my two Executors, namely Henry Eller and Martin Gerber, shall be impowered to sell the Place, wagon and horses, all the creatures and moveables, and shall pay to my beloved wife her part of the same; and the overplus shall be divided by my Executors among my six youngest children namely, Jacob Eller, George Eller, John Eller, Eve Eller, Cathrine Eller and Maria Eller; further Jacob Eller shall have the Bible and to pay to George ten shillings, also shall Jacob have the young colt, if it mare bring the same luky. This is George Michael Eller his x mark and Seal X (Seal) Attested by John Bergers and Henry Schmaus (Smous) - John Bergers, Henry Smouse the above witnesses were sworn Frederick County, 25th August 1778. Then came the above Thomas Schley and made oath on the holy Evangelists of Almighty God, that the within and above writing is a just and true Translation to the best of his knowledge of the original Will of the above named George Michael Eller, which is written in the German language and that he hath not knowingly or intentionally translated any matter of substance contrary to the true meaning of said Will. Certified by George Murdock, Regr.'
The phrases in the above will pertaining to his wife and the things 'she brought to me' and the legacies to her that were made contingent on his six youngest children and her being able 'to live longer together,' indicates that she was not their mother. The name of his first wife was not found. The Evangelical Lutheran Church records of Frederick County, Maryland, records the baptism, on 8 Nov 1756, of Marie Magdalena Aller, daughter of Michael Aller and his wife Salome. (Evangelical Lutheran Church Records, p. 40, Maryland Hist. Soc.) This, doubtless, was another family because in the same year (1756) Carl Aller baptized a daughter Anna Barbara and in 1775 one Michael Aller was recorded as owing money to Mr. Hass, the same probably being for the church. (pp. 42 and 49 Ibid.)
If all facts were known they might show that George Michael Eller was married three times and that his first son Peter was a child by his first wife and all others by his second. Peter was a grown man with a wife and child as early as the late seventeen sixties. His brother, Leonard, was born 20 March 1754. Peter Eller was called 'my eldest son' in the George Michael Eller will and the latter's children, Jacob, George, John, Eve, Catherine and Maria, called 'my six youngest children,' were given the residue of the estate in equal shares. The son, Peter, was given 97 pounds and the son, Leonard, and daughter, Elizabeth, were given 82 pounds apiece. All of this adds up to the fact that Peter, Leonard and Elizabeth were his eldest children and that Peter probably was some years older than the other two, and, maybe, their half brother.
It would be sheer guesswork to give a name to George Michael Eller's first wife. His son, Peter, whose wife was Elizabeth, named his first daughter Catherine, doubtless in honor of his wife's mother whose name was Catherine. Miss Addie J. Stoker of Lovelock, Nevada and some other descendants of Peter and Elizabeth Eller say that this daughter's full name was Catherine Martha which, if true, could mean that Martha was in honor of her father's mother, the child thus bearing the name of her two grandmothers. No sound evidence, however, has been found to support this conjecture.
Tradition in the Eller families who descended from Peter and Elizabeth Eller of Wilkes and Ashe Counties, N.C. is that these Eller ancestors came from the Palatinate of Germany as German Baptist Brethren or Tunkers, sometimes called Dunkards. The North Carolina branch impressed by the similarity of their faith with that of the American Baptists whose church, in the late 18th century, was growing so rapidly in western North Carolina, flocked to that church in great numbers. By the end of the 19th century it would be difficult to find any Ellers in Wilkes and Ashe counties in North Carolina who were not Baptists. The same may also be said for their descendants in Iowa and Nebraska. The Eller family of Roanoke Co., Virginia, descendants, this writer believes, of George Michael Eller, are members of the Church of the Brethren some of them presently serving as pastors. [Kerry's note: the Virginia connection is contested by many modern researchers - for full discussion on this issue, see notes for Jacob Eller, son of George Michael Eller.]
The new church along with members of other sects who refused to join one of the three state religions, namely the Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran and German Reformed (Calvinists), that were given exclusive religious liberty by the treaty of Westphalia in 1648 which ended the 30 years' war, were notoriously persecuted and driven from place to place. In 1719 Peter Becker, one of the founder members of the German Baptist Brethren Church in Schwarzenau brought his church in Krefelt, Germany to Germantown, Pennsylvania. He was followed in 1729 by Alexander Mack who found going congregations at Wissahicton near Germantown, at Coventry in Chester Co. and at Conestoga some fifteen miles south of Lancaster, all in Pennsylvania. From these starting points the church spread to Conowego in York County and thence to Maryland including Pipe Creek in 1758 and Beaver Dam in 1762/3. The Pipe Creek Church, organized about 1758, was located, I believe, at Union Bridge in Carrol Co. about two miles northeast of the Eller farms. Beaver Dam Church, organized about 1762 was located, I believe, on Beaver Dam Creek and was still nearer to the Eller farms. The Annual Meeting of all Brethren Congregations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia were held at Pipe Creek in 1778, 1783, 1787, 1799, 1804, 1814, 1830 and 1867. (See 'History of the German Baptist Brethren' by Martin Grove Brumbaugh, 1890 and 'History of the Church of the Brethren in Maryland' by J. Maurice Henry, 1936.) The exceedingly sparse records of the Conestoga Church show the following adult baptisms of new members which are pertinent to this genealogy. First, on 24 Apr 1748, Adam Dick and his wife, Odilga. Second, on 29 Mar 1752, Daniel Seiler. Third, on 26 Aug 1753, George Eder and wife, her name not given. It is possible that George Eder was the same as George Michael Eller. Fourth, on 14 Apr 1754, Henry Eler (sic) and wife, her name not given (Ibid). Very likely he was the Henry Eller who with George Michael Eller later acquired land called Hammond Strife on the waters of Little Pipe Creek in Frederick Co., MD. The records of the Conestoga Church from the Sept. 1755 to the year 1763 have not been found. (Ibid)
One of the churches that served the Pipe Creek and Beaver Dam Brethren may have been on a 4 acre tract of land described as a part of 'Browns Delight,' that, on 8 Oct. 1765, was deeded to the 'Dutch Congregation of Pipe Creek' by John Grider, (Garber). This land was located on the Clemson branch of Sam's Creek in Frederick Co., about two and a half miles southeast of the farms of George Michael and Henry Eller. If these nearby churches had made records that were now extant they, doubtless, would show George Michael Eller and Henry Eller as members. Neither is shown in the records of the Evangelical Lutheran or the German Reformed Churches of Frederick Co., MD except for the marriage of Elizabeth, daughter of George Michael Eller who is recorded in the Evangelical Lutheran Church as having married Henrich Reb, 10 Jun 1777. Very probably Reb was a member of the church.
Both the Evangelical Lutheran and the German Reformed Churches were organized early in Frederick County. Simon Kern, Michael Hoffner, Philip Kuntz and others, 'who built the church in the mountains,' declared their loyalty and faith on 31 Oct 1746 'when the Swedish Pastor, Mr. Nasman, was here.' (Evangelical Lutheran Church Records, page 490 at Md. Hist. Soc., Baltimore.) Apparently this was not the Frederick Town Church because that church was not built until 1761. (Frederick Co. Deed Books B, p. 574 and F, pp. 535-536.) The Reformed German Church was built about 1747-48. Thomas Schley (b. 1712; d. 1789) who brought a party of Germans to Maryland about 1740-45 and served as their teacher, interpreter and friend, was a member of this church and its organist for many years. He was an educated man and translated the wills of deceased Germans for the county records. One of the wills which translated was that of George Michael Eller shown above.
The Estate of George Michael Eller was settled by the executors Henry Eller and Michael Gerber, 26 Oct 1779. It was valued at 956 pounds, 15 shillings and 5 pence, a substantial sum for those early times. The widow received 50 pounds, the son, Peter Eller, 97 pounds, the son, Leonard and daughter, Elizabeth Reb, 82 pounds each and 'the youngest children, namely Jacob, George, John, Eve, Catherine and Maria' the balance, amounting to 645 pounds, 15 shillings and 5 pence, in equal portions.
George Michael Eller is first found in the records, 14 April 1773, when he was deeded 100 acres of land in Frederick Co., MD by Edward Gaither and his wife Eleanor. (Deed Book S, pp. 96-98, Frederick Co., MD) When he appeared, 17 Aug 1773, to pay his alienation fine his name was given as George Eller, the Michael being omitted. This land was a part of a tract called Hammond's Strife. Hammond Strife, containing 1230 acres, was patented to John Hammond 10 Aug 1753 and was located about 10 miles north east of Frederick Town and just east of the town of Johnsville in the District of Johnsville in Frederick County. The land drains into Little Pipe Creek that forms part of the border between Frederick and Carrol Counties in Maryland.
Henry Eller, brother apparently of George Michael, also owned 90 acres of land called a part of Hammond Strife that he purchased, 6 Jun 1767, from Jacob Flora. Thomas and Elizabeth Wood witnessed the deed. (Deed Book K, p. 1284, Fred. Co., MD.) Henry Eller and Elizabeth, his wife, sold this land, 14 June 1771, (Deed Book O, p. 3, Fred. Co., MD), and on 13 June 1772 bought 110 acres of land nearby on Beaver Dam Branch, a draught of Little Pipe Creek. (Deed Book P, p. 128, Fred. Co., MD) Henry Eller and his wife, Elizabeth, sold this 110 acre farm 16 May 1785. (Deed Book WR6, p. 4, Fred. Co., MD.) He died in 1788, (Admin. Acct. Washington Co., MD) leaving Children, according to a deed, dated 4 Dec 1793 in Washington Co., MD, which show his children and in some cases their spouses to have been named (1) Joseph Eller, whose age in the 1800 census of Washington Co., MD was over 45 and whose family consisted of a wife, aged over 45, three daughters, aged between 16-26, two daughters, aged between 10 and 16 and three sons, aged under 10. (2) Elizabeth Eller, who m. Christian Herter (Hester); (3) Rebecca Eller, who m. Christian Gerber; (4) Henry Eller Jr. and his wife Fronica. He removed to Montgomery Co., Ohio where he died in 1832 leaving a wife Fronica and children Daniel, b. 28 Mar 1785; d. 7 Jun 1863; m. Elizabeth Siler, b. 4 Oct 1784; d. 16 Mar 1872 (gravestones), a daughter Mary, b. 29 Jan 1788; d. 14 Aug 1876 (gravestone) who married Jacob Albaugh, and probably Abraham and Joseph and other children; (5) Jacob Eller and his wife Margareth, doubtless the Jacob Eller who m. 14 Oct 1789, Mary Willjard; (6) Esther Eller who probably was the Esther Eller who m. 18 Mar 1794 George Bechtel; (7) Daniel Eller and his wife Hannah; (8) Sarah Eller; (9) Magdalene Eller who m. Jacob Gerber; (10) Maria Eller, probably the Maria Eller who m. Christian Schaub, 31 Aug 1803; (11) Salome Eller who m. Henry Schultz; (13) [should be no. 12] Peter Eller a minor not of age in 1795 but who signed an heirship release 5 April 1800 indicating that he had then reached his majority. (Washington Co., Md. Deeds, Book H, pp. 657 and 860; Book J, p. 396 and Book M, p. 462)
According to a letter of Mary Hoss Headman of Knoxville, Tenn., published in the Maryland Historical Magazine in 1945, (Vol. 50, p. 250), Henry Eller Sr. married Elizabeth Bigler (Beigler), dau. of Mark and Catherine Boggler. Mark Bigler's will, proved in Frederick Co. in 1787, mentions a wife Catherine, (sometimes written Marie Catherine), and Children, (1) Catherine Bigler, who m. Henry Miller; (2) Elizabeth Bigler, who m. Henry Eller (Etter); (3) Phoebe Bigler, who m. Lazarus Fonderburgh; (4) Salome Bigler, who m. Samuel Tomme; (5) Mark Bigler Jr., who m. Catherine Lease, dau. of Philip Lease who d. in Frederick Co., MD about 1769; (6) Israel Bigler; (7) Daughter Bigler, who m. Mr. Randabush; (8) Hester Bigler; (9) Juliana Bigler; (10) Barbara Bigler. (Will Book GM, No. 2, p. 238, Frederick Co., MD.)
George Michael Eller, whose will was written in the German language, doubtless could not speak English and, therefore, could have been recorded in the public records either as George or Michael. He could have been the Michael Eller who was granted 25 acres of land in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, 12 Apr 1753. (Penn Archives. From here he could have removed first to Frederick County, Maryland and from there to Rowan County, North Carolina with Jacob, Christian and Melchoir Eller who settled there about 1760. A Michael Eller is found on the tax list of Rowan County, NC in 1759. (The Rowan Story by James S. Brawley, p. 352.) From Rowan County he could have moved back to Frederick Co., Md. where, as we have seen, he purchased land near Little Pipe Creek, 14 Apr 1773. If these conjectures could be proved to be correct they might corroborate that portion of the Bible record of William Eller (supra) which said that his grandfather, Leonard Eller, was born at fort (ford, fork) littors, North Carolina.
In all events George Michael Eller must have been a good provider and a thrifty settler. Not many first generation settlers in this country died leaving an estate of 950 pounds as he did. One could easily believe that he brought a goodly sum with him from his native land and that he managed to hang on to it and, perhaps, add to it during his lifetime. No one of his descendants can doubt that he left them a good and worthy heritage."
1. Couple was married prior to the date below per Hook book cited above that "Henry Eler (sic) and wife, her name not given" being baptized 14 Apr 1754 in the Conestoga Church fifteen miles south of Lancaster in Pennsylvania.
1. Per Pitt book cited above.
2. From the online "Eller Chronicles," website http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~adelr/aug88/aug88p4.htm:, compiler Clarice Vivian (Eller) Stanley (Mrs. John H.), 605 Vine St., Martins Ferry, OH 43935:
"My research pertains to the Henry and Elizabeth Bigler Eller family. I have done research in Frederick, Md., Frederick Co., and Hagerstown, Md., Washington Co. In Hagerstown I obtained a copy of the H/657 Deed which pertains to the settlement of the estate of Henry Eller, deceased, recorded 21 April 1794, naming his children: Joseph Eller, Elizabeth Eller, Rebecca Eller, Henry Eller, Jacob Eler, Ester Eller, Daniel Eller, Sarah Eller, Magdalena Eller, Maria Eler, Salomo Eler, and Peter Eller. With further reference to Henry Eller, Sr., an estate settlement is also recorded in Frederick Co., Md. These records, however, are in the Hall of Records, Annapolis, Md.; not in Frederick, Md. I have not had the opportunity to pursue this. I copied the following from the index:
"Estate Settlement - Henry Eller 1788 (Bond) Joseph Eller and Christ. Harter Bk. A2/321 Appraisal Personal Property A7 Sale of " " 1/249 Accounts settlement (would have names involved)."