- About 1820, John moved to Wagner, Ky, where he lived till 1832, when he and son George moved to Monroe County, Indiana, taking his aged mother (Christena) with him. J.W. Eller, in his 1918 book, says "In 1832, John Eller and his oldest son, George, came to Indiana, bought land and returned to Kentucky. George and his wife returned to Indiana at once, moving their possessions on the horses which they rode and on another horse which they led. The father followed in 1833 with his family and aged mother. They settled five miles West of Bloomington, on four hundred acres known as the Eller Farm, part of which is in the hands of the family yet."
J.W. Eller cites all the children listed here, but offers no details on Wesley Eller and Sarah Eller. And of second son, William Eller, says only that he died in Virginia. John Eller's will (Monroe County Will Book #1, p.90-93) names all the children except William, Wesley, Sarah and Elizabeth. However, Elizabeth's child, Elizabeth Cole, is listed.
J.W. Eller says John was an itinerant Methodist preacher. However, his obituary in the Western Christian Advocate (13 Nov 1840, p.120) says he was an ordained minister. It refers to his birth in "Gracen" (Grayson) County; his being "saved" in 1812 at a Camp Meeting in Powells Valley. The obituary says he was licensed to preach on 15 July 1814 by the quarterly meeting conference held for Powell's Valley under the administration of Rev. James Axley. He was later ordained by Bishop George at Lexington, KY 29, Sep, 1822. And after his move to Indiana, he was ordained an Elder by Bishop Soule at New Albany, IN, 29 Oct 1837.
Shortly after his arrival in Indiana, he was named a Justice of the Peace. About 1830, he was elected Probate Judge of Monroe County for two terms and was in that post at his death. (Blancahrd's "History of Morgan, Monroe and Brown Counties, Indiana", 1884).