Eller Family Association

We seek to draw all Ellers and allied families into a cooperative effort.

Eller Conference

We had a great Eller Family Association conference at the Hinton Center in Hayesville, NC, Thanks to Steve Eller organizing the events.

We will have lots of pictures and details in the upcoming issue of the Chronicles.

Highlights included a presentation on Ellers in Towns County, Georgia, from Jerry Taylor on Thursday, a visit to "Sukey" Eller's grave, our Saturday night banquet and the election of Steve as the new EFA president and Lauren Liggett as our new Secretary-Treasurer.

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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.

bible graphicIt 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.


The purpose of the Eller Family Association is to draw all Ellers, regardless of their particular family line, and allied families into a cooperative effort. The EFA has already demonstrated that this approach is the quickest and most efficient mechanism for sharing family history and genealogical information.

About the Eller Family Association

The EFA exists to assist all Eller and associated family lines worldwide to: discover and preserve our historical past, report current events and ongoing contributions, develop and expand current family ties, provide ongoing biennial meetings to summarize accomplishments and to socialize and provide inspired direction as we focus on the future.

For more information on the Eller Family Association, its officers, publications, DNA project, membership, news and conferences, click on the "EFA Info" tab in the horizontal menu above.

[ Membership Information | Members Only Section ]

About this Website

Our Eller Family Association website includes searchable information gathered from members across the country. As of 2021 we have:

You can start by looking for a specific person using the search feature. Or you can review what's been added to the site recently by clicking on "What's New." We also try to respond to inquiries posted on our Facebook page.

All of this information is available without charge to the hundreds of Eller genealogists who visit our site regularly. But we need your help. While those of us working with the EFA are volunteers, there are costs that we must cover. Please consider joining our organization.

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Fundraiser Extended For Old Smyrna Cemetery

Steve Eller, President of the Eller Family Association, has received a land use permit form from the US Forest Service. This land use permit will allow his group of dedicated workers to finally develop a usable road and allow people to drive right up to the cemetery. The road has been torn up by off road vehicles, rain and other factors. Steve feels like this may be the last chance to save this road which allows workers to maintain Old Smyrna Cemetery.

road needing repair

There are about 45 graves at this location. Out of the eleven known to be buried there, nine are Eller/Garrett/Nicholson/Rogers Descendants. The Eller Family Association, Towns County Historical Society and concerned citizens need your help. An engineer and other citizens have donated their time and expertise to this project.

However, they are in need of donations for materials. A load of material (rocks, gravel and crusher run) will cost $150 to deliver. They are asking for donations for the cost of a load of materials, at least. Other donations will be needed complete the road as well. Smaller donations will be accepted. Please help support this effort if you can. You can do so by contacting Steve Eller, P.O. Box 52, Marble, NC 28105.

January 2022 Eller Obituaries

Additional obituaries for Eller descendants are listed on our "Obituary Page" HERE.
Please advise the Editor of the Chronicles and the Webmaster of additions or corrections.
2022 Obits | 2021 Obits | 2020 Obits | Earlier Obits ]

Looking For Indiana Ellers

With the 2023 EFA Conference tentatively planned for the Bloomington, Indiana, area, planning chair Harvey Powers is looking for contacts and resources in that area.

The Bloomington area, and specifically Monroe County, was home to John Eller, Sr. (1786-1840). He moved there about 1832 and went on to become a Justice of the Peace and Probate Judge.  We’ve documented nearly a thousand of his descendants.

Do you or any of your family have contacts in Monroe County, Indiana?  Or can you trace your family back to John Eller, Sr.?  If so, will you please contact Harvey at harv@harveypowers.com.  

Updating the Jacob Eller Book

group at update meeting

Thanks to everyone that turned out on November 6th at the Hiawassee Historical Society for our Eller Family Event. Thanks to Sandra Green, Ed Eller, Jerry Taylor and Jerry Kendall for your time and help today. We gained a lot of family information to update the John Jacob Eller and His Descendant Book.

It's not to late to add your information. Contact Steve Eller at ellerpop1@yahoo.com. We are looking for dates of birth, places of birth, marriages and place of marriage and any burial location for those who have passed on.

Morris Eller: Prohibition Era Gangster

Mr EllerMorris Eller was born Movsha Eller in the town of Libau in Russia on 16 June 1866. Morris emigrated to the United States in 1883 through the port of New York. At his arrival he reported he had $15. He settled in Chicago two days after arrival.

Morris entered politics in 1895 when he was elected Deputy Assessor for Chicago. With connections to the corrupt Chicago mayor, and through him to Al “Scarface” Capone, he rapidly moved up in Chicago government becoming the “boss” of Chicago’s 20th Ward where he was charged with protecting vice, gambling and illegal liquor establishments.

In a political campaign in 1938 he, his son and other supporters, were accused of kidnapping anyone who might vote for his opponent and of shooting and killing that opponent. He was acquitted. 

Look for a full story in an upcoming issue of the Chronicles.

Barbara Harper Dills

Ms DillsBarbara Jean Dills, age 76, of Hiawassee, passed away at her home Saturday, January 22, 2022. Mrs. Dills was born October 31, 1945, in Canton, OH, to the late George Jack Harper and the late Montine Shook Harper.

Barbara enjoyed watching TV and loved being with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, George Jack Harper, mother, Montine Shook Harper, and brother, Barry Harper.

Barbara is from the Jacob Eller line and goes back to Susannah "Sukey" Eller through her sons, Jacob and Joseph. 

Obituary | Barbara Harper Dills in the EFA database ]


Charles Melton Eller

Mr EllerCharles Melton Eller, age 85, of Longview, Texas went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 16, 2022. Charles was born in Skiatook, Oklahoma on January 8, 1937 to Ida Leota and David Melton Eller. That is from the Jacob Eller line, through William "Bill" Eller.

Charles married his love, Mary Ann, on July 20, 1985. He served in the United States Army from 1961 – 1963. He enjoyed his job as a Plant Manager at Trinity Industries for over 40 years.

[ Obituary | Charles Melton Eller in the EFA database ]


John Edwin Eller

Mr EllerJohn Edwin Eller, 85, of Marble passed away Sunday, January 2, 2022 in a Gainesville, Georgia hospital. He was a native of Clay County, but lived most of his life in Cherokee County. Ed served in the United States Air Force. He worked as an accountant in the timber products industry throughout his life. 

He is from the Jacob Eller line. His great grandparents were William Visage Eller and Mary Ann Elizabeth "Polly" Eller. William goes back to Sukey through her son Joseph. Polly goes back to Sukey through her son Jacob. 

[ John Edwin Eller Obituary | John Edwin nEller in the EFA database ]


Edward Howard Eller, Jr.

Mr EllerE dward Howard Eller, Jr., 74, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital.

He was born in McDowell County on September 30, 1947 to the late Edward Howard Eller, Sr. and Rena Mae Young Eller. That is from the Jacob Eller line through his son, Jake Eller, Jr. .

Edward retired from Collins & Aikman in engineering and design. He honorably served in the U.S. Army and was a bronze star recipient. 

[ Edward Howard Eller, Jr. Obituary | Edward Eller in the EFA database ]



Manuel James Arrowood

Mr ArrowoodMr. Manuel James Arrowood, age 67, of Hiawassee, Georgia passed away on January 2, 2022 following an extended illness. Manuel was born on August 27, 1954 to the late Ralph James Garrett and Clara Bell Arrowood. Along with a heart full of Jesus, he dearly loved his family who meant everything to him. He was lovingly known as “Pops” and his legacy will forever live in the hearts of the ones he loved. 

He is from the Jacob Eller line and goes back to Sukey Eller through her son Joseph 3 different ways.

[ Manuel Arrowood Obituary | Manuel Arrowood in the EFA database ]


Helen Ford Eller

Mrs EllerHelen L. (Ford) Eller, 89, passed Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Hospice & Community Care in Mt. Joy.  She was the wife of the late John L. Eller, her husband of 65 years, who passed September 24, 2015.

Helen was a member of West York Church of The Brethren, and retired from Hershey Foods.

Helen is survived by her children, Clare Ullrich and her husband John of Davenport, IA, John L. Eller, II and his wife Shleva of York, and Ruby L. Perry of Red Lion.

[ Helen Ford Eller Obituary | Helen Ford Eller in the EFA database ]


Mavis Ann Eller Peterson

Mavis Eller Peterson, 86, of Elon, passed away at Alamance Regional Medical Center on Friday, Jan. 1, 2022. A native of Wilkes County, she was the daughter of Coy Eller and Bernice Foster Eller, both deceased.

Mavis retired from Nokia, Inc. and was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Gibsonville.

She is from the George Michael Eller line through his son Peter Lenn Eller.

[ Obituary | Mavis Eller Peterson in the EFA database ]