The 2023 biennial conference is now set for Roanoke, Virginia, July 19-23, 2023. The “Star City,” as Roanoke is called, should be a perfect summer location, nestled at the edge of the Blue Ridge mountains and not far from the Parkway.
The Roanoke area is closely tied to one branch of the Eller family. Jacob Eller and his wife Magdaene settled on “Wolf Run” in what is now Roanoke County (created from Botetourt in 1838) about 1790. The “Eller Homeplace” was sold to Jacob Eller in 1799 and was located about seven miles southwest of Salem on “the headwaters of Craven Creek.”
There has been an ongoing debate among Eller descendants about this Jacob Eller’s origin. There is a school of thought that he was a son or grandson of immigrant George Michael Eller. Another possibility is that he was the immigrant and is not tied to the George Michael line.
Whichever is the case, the “Roanoke Branch” appears to have strong ties to the German Baptist Brethren Church (sometimes called Dunkers).
We encourage you to put July 19-23, 2023 on your calendar and watch this space for more information about our Roanoke conference.
- Jacob Eller (1758-1830) in the database
- "The Jacob Eller Family of Roanoke County" - By Dr. David Eller
- "The Jacob Ellr Tree" By Henry Cline Eller
- Jacob Eller from the Hook book on George Michael Eller
- "Genealogical Problems Regarding Jacob and Magdalene Eller" by John C. Eller
- "Roanoke Eller Connection Confirmed" By Steve Eller
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We are trying to determine the ancestry of Donald Richard Eller, Sr (b. 17 Sep 1933 in Los Angeles, d. 7 May 2012, Austin, TX). He married Imogene Ischar (1932-2022) on 26 Nov 1953 in Travis, TX,
His parents are shown as Richard Loren Converse (some records suggest Mr. Converse was in the Navy in WWII) and Evelyn Brown. His birth record shows him born as Donald Richard Converse. But his marriage record, military record and headstone all show him as Donald Richard Eller.
He served in the Air Force in Vietnam.
So, I’m guessing his mother (Evelyn Brown) must have remarried (to an Eller) and her son then took the new father’s name. But we cannot find any record for that or a later marriage for Evelyn.
If you can help solve the Donald Richard Eller mystery, please email the webmaster.
Another Eller Line
We’ve found another Eller family line.
His obituary says he emigrated to the United States from Bavaria, Germany in 1866 with his wife (Barbara Marshall Eller, 1840-1917) and three children. He added seven additional children from 1869 to 1884.
80th Birthday Celebrated
Mr. Eller goes back to Susannah "Sukey" Eller through her son Joseph Eller and his wife Mariah Hedden Eller.
"Eller Way" is located just behind the church and least to Betty's home.
There was a large turnout for the celebration and Betty was surprised to see lots of family and friends there to celebrate. (Contributed by Steve Eller)
New Eller Genealogy Book Available Online
Christy Robinson, granddaughter of Lecy Eller (1905-1978) of the Jacob Eller line, has made her new family history book available to the EFA.
Entitled “Ancestry Volume 1: Descendants of my Grandmother Lecy Eller,” the book is 123 pages and it traces her family back through “Sukey” Eller to John Jacob Eller along with associated lines. It contains hundreds of family pictures.
The Association thanks Christy for sharing this work with us.
Looking for an Old Bible
EFA member Christine Eller Walker is trying to locate the person in possession of an old Bible printed in the German language at Halle, Germany, in 1770.
It is believed the Bible was willed to Jacob Eller by his father George Michael Eller.
About 1957, the Bible was believed to be in the possession of Mr. Wade E. Eller of Warrensville, NC. [ Wade E, Eller, Sr. in the EFA database ]
A reward is offered. Call Christine at 336-921-3430.
On average, every two or three days we lose one of our Eller cousins. For the last year, we’ve been trying to document these passings on the EFA “Obituary Webpage” with an effort to see how these individuals fit into the overall Eller genealogy.
In order to include as many of these folks as possible, we ask that you email the webmaster with the names, information on how they fit into Eller genealogy and, if possible, a link to their online obituary.
We also try to search online obituaries for the name “Eller.” However, we fail to get women who married and whose obituary doesn’t carry their maiden name. And we get women who married an Eller, carry the name, but whose obituary doesn’t include enough information about Mr. Eller to establish where he fits into our genealogy database.