Eller Family Association

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

2023 EFA Conference Set for Roanoke

Roanoke Skyline

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.


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 2022 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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Help Solve an Eller Mystery

Mr. EllerWe 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.

[ Obituary | Donald Richard Eller in the EFA database ]

Another Eller Line

Eller HeadstoneWe’ve found another Eller family line. 

John Eller, Sr. (1837-1917) was a brick-layer and stone-mason in Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa.

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. 

His obituary says he died from asthma which “overtaxed his strength.”  His funeral was held at Saint Mary’s Catholic church and he was buried in the church cemetery.

[ John Eller, Sr. in the EFA database ]

Recent Eller Obituaries

All 2022 Eller obituaries are listed on our Obituary Page

Please advise the Editor of the Chronicles and the Webmaster of additions or corrections.
2022 Obits | 2021 Obits | 2020 Obits | Earlier Obits ]

Lola Louise Eller

Ms EllerLola Louise Eller, 75, formerly of Savannah, passed away Tuesday morning June 21, 2022, at the Mt. Vernon Developmental Center in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Lola was born May 7, 1947, in Mountain City, TN. And was the daughter of the late Roy L. and Myrtle L. (Icenhour) Eller. She was from the George Michael Eller line.

While in living in Ashland County Lola was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church. She enjoyed coloring, drinking coffee, and eating biscuits, Peppermint candy, looking at pictures and jewelry.

[ Obituary | Lola Louise Eller in the EFA database ]

Herman Baxter Eller

Mr. EllerHerman Baxter Eller, age 86, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 13, 2022, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.  He was born in Johnson County, TN to the late Avery James and Mary Elizabeth Neely Eller. He was from the George Michael Eller line.  

Herman lived in Shady Valley, TN as a child and later made Bristol, VA his life-long residence.  He retired from the City of Bristol, VA working as a Lieutenant Deputy Sheriff for the Sheriff’s Department and later as the Animal Control Officer for the Police Department. 

[ Obituary | Herman Baxter Eller in the EFA database ]


Sarah Rich Eller

Mrs EllerSarah Elizabeth Eller, age 88 passed away Thursday June 16, 2022 at the Ballad Hospice House in Bristol, TN. Mrs. Eller was born in Smyth County, VA to the late William Bent Rich and Arfie Sheets Rich and was preceded in death by her husband Earl Elijah Eller. Mr. Eller was from the George Michael Eller line.

She was a member of Valley View Baptist Church and enjoyed being a part of the senior citizens at WW Scott Senior Citizen Center in Morion.

[ Obituary | Sarah Eller in the EFA database ]


Camilla Rose Hogsed

Mrs. HogsedCamilla Rose Hogsed, age 86, of Hiawassee, Georgia passed away on June 22, 2022 following a brief illness. Camilla, a lifelong resident of Hiawassee, was born on October 01, 1935 to the late Lee Raymond and Nannie Rose (Burrell) Sims. She was best known for her love of the piano, and that love was reflected in her dedication to teaching music to students of all ages throughout her adult life.

Camilla is preceded in death by her husband, France. She is survived by three daughters. Camilla was from the John Jacob Eller line and was a descendant of Susannah "Sukey" Eller through her son Joseph and Maria Hedden Eller. 

[ Obituary | Camilla Rose Hogsed in the EFA database ]


Leonard Eller

Mr. Leonard Eller, 68, of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, June 19th, 2022 at his home. He was born June 23, 1953 in Simi Valley, California to the late Dale and Dorothy (Tucker) Eller. We believe he is from the Henry Eller line.

Mr. Eller is survived by two sons, Randy (Melissa) Smith and Robert Smith; five daughters, Tawny (Matt) Collier, Renee Smith, Robin Smith, Dallas (Ryan) Salazar and Aleesa Reed and one sister, Liz (Frank) Tarver. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Connie (Ball) Eller.

[ Obituary | Leonard Eller in the EFA database ]

Larry L. Eller

Mr EllerMr. Larry Leon Eller, age 65 of Ellijay, passed away on Friday, June 10th, 2022 from the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Ellijay.

Larry was the son of the late Bill and Martha Eller and was a lifelong resident of Gilmer County. He was from the George Michael Eller line. Larry and Glenda met and married young and raised two wonderful sons.

Larry was a longtime fixture at Bears Garage and kept many Gilmer County’s citizens on the road. 

[ Obituary | Larry Leon Eller in the EFA database ]


80th Birthday Celebrated

Mrs EllerBetty Jean Adams Eller, wife of the late James Ira Eller, celebrated her 80th birthday on June 16th at the Madison Baptist Church near Stephens County, Georgia.

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

Book coverChristy 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.

[ Click Here for the Book ]

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.

Eller Obituaries

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. 

[ EFA Online Obituaries | Email the Webmaster ]