Eller Family Association

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

2021 EFA Conference

The Eller Family Association has booked the “Hinton Rural Life Center” in Hayesville, North Carolina, for the 2021 Biennial Conference scheduled for July 15-18, 2021. The Hinton Center is operated by the United Methodist Church and is located on Lake Chatuge in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is directly across the lake from Hiawassee, GA.

hinton center

The building we will use, the Nadine Johnson Retreat House, has 15 bedrooms, each with a queen bed and private bath. It has a large communal kitchen and living room on the main floor, and then a large meeting space on the lower floor. It is a 3- story building with stairs between and external access to both the main and lower floors. They also have several multi-bedroom houses available for families.

Details of the conference are still being planned. Booking of rooms for the Nadine Johnson Retreat House will be done directly through Steve Eller (ellerpop1@yahoo.com; 706-318-7826).. Booking of other accommodations at the Hinton Center is to be done through the Hinton Center (828-389-8336 info@hintoncenter.org). And registration for the conference can be made on this form.

[ Hinton Center for Rural Life ]

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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.

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About this Website

Our Eller Family Association website includes searchable information gathered from members across the country. As of December 2020 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.

Eller Descendant Killed in D-Day Invasion

PFC Harry DeWitt of Deleware County, Indiana, was killed in the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France. He was in the 29th Infantry Division, 116th Infantry Regiment, Company B. 

PFC DeWittHe was a descendant of Christian Eller/Ohler through his son George and George's Grand-daughter Susan Elizabeth "Betsy" Eller.  His full genealogy can be found here.

The first boats from his company hit the beach at as part of a second wave on June 7th, the day after D-Day. There are records which say he died on June 7th and other records which say he died on June 17th, after his unit pushed inland near Vierville.

Unit records say the sea had been so rough throughout the journey that all hands had had to bail with their helmets in order to keep the boats afloat. They were little affected by the enemy fire until the ramps were dropped; then automatic fire from both flanks broke around the B-Company boat exits. The men jumped into neck-high water and started ashore. As it happened, the boat had come into the coast directly confronting a small cover. The beach was strewn with heavy boulders and could be traversed only with extreme difficulty.

They joined a group of Rangers at the cove and fought with them all day long helping them destroy the German positions around the fortified house and in the emplacements at the top of the cliff. There were 28 of them in all. After mopping-up the German trenches, they stayed at the second hedgerow beyond the cliff when they were ordered to rejoin the Battalion in its bivouac near Vierville.

Harry J DeWitt is buried or memorialized at Plot H Row 18 Grave 16, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.


Eller Obituaries

We've now added an obituary page for Eller descendants to the EFA website . Please advise the Editor of the Chronicles and/or the EFA Websmaster of additions or corrections.

[ 2021 Obits | 2020 Obits | Earlier Obits ]

Eller Book: "My Eller Cousins"

A new book of genealogy with a focus on George Michael Eller's son, Peter Lenn Eller, was released in late 2019 by Loveta Schweers of Salisbury, Maryland. It incoludes photos from the author's grandmother, Dorothy Eller Miller. The entire book has been placed online with the permission of the auther.

[My Eller Cousins" by Loveta Schweers]

Ellers Buried at Arlington
National Cemetery

There are nine Ellers burried in Arlington National Cemetery. Two are the wives of men buried there. Of the remaining seven, four are linked to Ellers in our EFA database. The other three appear to be from lines that trace back to later Eller immigrants.

Donald Temple Eller (1906-1994)
Charles O. Eller (1922-1995)
Charles Ray Eller (1944-2008)
Jacob Aswell Eller (1914-1944)
  Edwin C. Eller (1899-1943)
Robert Lloyd Eller (1886-1958)
Jerome Eller (1925-1987)

Old Smyrna Cemetery Update

Steve Eller is hard at work trying to organize another work day for the Old Smyrna Cemetery as a follow-up to the work highlighted in the November 2019 Eller Chronicles. It had been scheduled for February 15, but was delayed because of weather. See the EFA Facebook Events page for details:

The long-term goal is to clean up, repair and provide maintenance of the cemetery, entrance road and memorials. The Hardy Washington Eller Memorial is broken in two places and has fallen over. The Jacob Eller grave is missing a readable marker.

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.


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