Eller Family Association

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

Help Us Identify This Picture


Once again we are trying to identify the people in the photograph. We are told it MIGHT be Rev. Joseph Pickins Eller (1820-1892) and his family in the Jupiter area of Buncombe County, NC, Can anyone confirm that or identify the people? Click on the photo for a largert image. Email the editor or post a reply on our facebook page.


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.

The Eller Family Association now has more than 50,000 names in our searchable, online database. There are some duplications, but most of those listed are there only once. In addition, there are now more than 650 photos linked to individuals. More than 650 headstones. There are some 140 research documents ranging from books with hundreds of pages to smaller one or two page biographies. These have been added to more than 18 years of our quarterly publication, “The Chronicles.” Those publications are all searchable.

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.

[ Membership Information | Members Only Section ]

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New Online Information

Thanks to our EFA members, the webmaster is constantly adding new information (or links to new information) to this website. Over the coming months we are going to feature some of those new items here.

  • "Descendants of Catherine Eller and Michael Stoker" (New Online Book)
    We have combined the nine parts of the research by Robert Rorah that was published in the Chronicles from August 2000 until 2003 into a 213 page book

  • "Michael Graybill Sr. and Mary "Polly" Stoker"
    The story of their trek west to Ohio and then further west as Mormon settlers.

  • Links to Other Databases
    So many of us have researched and posted information on Ancestry, My Heritage and similar websites, it seemed like a good idea to link people in our database to those people on these for-profit sites. If you have a public family-tree on one of these sites, and are willing for the EFA to link to it, provide the webmaster with the URL.

  • Ellers in the Early U.S. Census
    Researcher Erin Bradford has prepared a list with all the appearances of the name "Eller" in the federal census of 1790, 1800, 1810 and 1820.

  • Additional Headstones
    We've recently added more than a hundred headstone images to our searchable headstone database. We now have more than 760 images. Each includes a link to the individuals in the EFA database and cemetery information.

In 2019 there were more than 49,000 visits to the EFA website. And those visitors looked at 5,677,927 pages. We are on pace for 2020 to do almost double that. In just the first 3 months of 2020, we've had more visits that all of last year. Thanks to all the EFA members who've shared their research and made this huge trove of information available.

News, Historical Profiles, Research Papers, Tributes and Articles From the Eller Family Association

Updating Jacob Eller Book

cover of the bookThe Eller Family Association is working to update the book “John Jacob Eller and His Descendants” that was published in 1998 and authored by J. Gerald Eller, Edward K. Eller and Janie Eller Porter. 

Steve Eller (ellerpop1@yahoo.com) is spearheading the effort. Steve’s been working on the project for about three months. He’s looking for help. 

A photocopy of the existing book is available online (See link below).

You’re invited to review what’s there, offer corrections and – most important – provide updates.  

[ "John Jacob Eller & His Descendants" Copy | Other Eller Books Available online ]

Ellers In The Civil War

Hundreds of Eller men took part in the American Civil War. There were Ellers on both sides of the conflict. The Eller Family Association is proud to present here information on more than 130 "Ellers Who Served in the Civil War," a collection of stories researched by Byron H. Eller.

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Dr. Eller has done extensive research and his articles are well documented and offer much to the annals of Eller family history and will serve future generations of Eller historians in their studies.

[Ellers In The Civil War]

Old Smyrna Cemetery Update

Steve Eller reported that the planned “Old Smyrna Cemetery” workday scheduled for February and March had to be postponed. The unusually wet weather in North Georgia made the already difficult access almost impossiblecemetery. A new workday will be scheduled to clean up the top section of the cemetery, but when is hard to say at this time between the coming heat of summer and the coronavirus issues.

When it happens, they will need chain saws and weed eaters with metal blades. The access road also needs a little work, shovels and gravel/rocks would also be appreciated. Four-wheel drive vehicles will be needed to get into the area

Steve set up a Facebook Fundraiser for the Old Smyrna Church Cemetery project. When it ended on May 2, $795 had been raised (a big thanks to all who contributed). Hardy Washington Eller's headstone is broken in two places and has fallen over. Some stones are broken. Others are unreadable or missing. Hardy Washington Eller had twelve children. His descendants are all over North Georgia, Western North Carolina and even points west.

The first workday, November 9th, a half-dozen intrepid workers braved a chilly morning to start to clear the underbrush and small trees there. The resting place for eleven people, the cemetery was neglected and, in the words of Steve Eller, in “pretty bad shape.”

Organized by Steve (pictured right) and accompanied by Korey Eller, Glen Dover, Larry Dover, Jimmy Berrong and Gerald Foster, the crew started with the lower section and the entrance road.

[ More Photos |Old Smyrna Cemetery in Our Database ]


New Eller Book: "My Eller Cousins"

Loveta Miller Schweers has produced a new book on the George Michael Eller line. ms schweersShe says it focuses primarily on his Ashe County, NC descendants through his son Peter Lenn Eller. She also includes the results of her research on Henry Eller of Frederick County, MD.

Ms. Schweers has donated a copy of her research to the Eller Family Association and given us permission to place the entire book on our website. As soon as we get that copy, we will place it our books section.

She has offered to make a limited number of CD's with the information from the book on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost will be $30 postpaid. A personal check can be sent to Loveta Schweers, 425 Pinehurst Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801.



James "JC" Berrong Obituary

Mr BerrongJames "JC" Berrong passed away on Sunday, May 10th. He was a John Jacob Eller Descendant from the William "Bill" Eller line. William was a son of Susannah "Sukey" Eller.

JC goes back to William "Bill" Eller, George Caler Eller, William Anderson Eller and Bernice Eller Berrong.

[ James Berrong Obituary | James Berrong in EFA Database ]

Maude Melton Obituary

Ms. MeltonGenealogist Maude Roddy Melton (1923-2018) of Tennessee died recently In 1996 she authored an interesting article on David Eller's service in the Civil War.

Ms. Melton was a descendant of David Eller, and can trace her line back to George Michael Eller thru his son Peter Eller.

[ Maude Melton in the EFA Database | David Eller in the Civil War ]


Joanne Graves Obituary

Ms GravesWe have learned of the passing of another John Jacob Eller descendant, Joanne Sutton Graves (1932-2019).

Joanne goes back to Adam Eller who was Susannah "Sukey" Eller's brother. Joanne lived in Lancaster, South Carolina and leaves three daughters.

[ Joanne Graves Obituary | Joanne Sutton Graves in the EFA Database ]


Johnny Frank Taylor Obituary

Mr TaylorWe have learned of the passing of another John Jacob Eller descendant,Johnny Frank Taylor (1940-2020) of Hiawassee, GA. He was the son of George and Sarah Eller Taylor.

Johnny goes back to William Riley Eller and Hardy Washington Eller. He leaves a son, Scott Taylor; a sister, Montree McCarter; and grandchildren. nieces and nephews.

[ Johnny Frank Taylor Obituary | Johnny Frank Taylor in the EFA Database ]