Eller Family Association

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

The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road


The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road and the associated Wilderness Road were the most important frontier roads in western North Carolina during the eighteenth century. Here's where our Eller ancestors traveled to Rowan County, North Carolina.

[ Read the Story | Large Map ]


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]

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Smyrna Cemetery Clean-up

Efforts to clean-up the “Old Smyrna Cemetery” in Towns County, Georgia are cemeteryprogressing. Steve Eller (photo right) reports the project has raised $1,425 of the $2,000 goal. The money is to be used to repair some of the broken stones, erect markers and repair the access road.

Steve’s ancestor, Hardy Washington Eller's headstone is broken in two places and has fallen over. Other stones are broken, unreadable or missing. It appears there are eleven graves in both the upper and lower parts of cemetery. Only eight of the stones are readable.

The Old Smyrna Cemetery is located inside land deeded to the Forest Service in 1933 and, at least until now, has been very difficult to find and even more difficult to reach.

Steve Eller, Korey Eller, Glen Dover, Larry Dover, Jimmy Berrong and Gerald Foster started the clean-up effort in November 2019 with the lower section and the entrance road. Plans to continue with the upper section have been postponed until the fall of 2020 and cooler and dryer weather. Access to the site requires four-wheel-drive vehicles and includes crossing several creeks.

[ Full Story |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. It is in 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.

[ "My Eller Cousins" by Loveta Schweers ]



Ashe County Outlaws: The Eller Gang

Mr EllerIn the wake of the Civil War, Linville Eller and three of his brothers organized a gang that struck stores and farmhouses in Ashe County, NC. The gang initially avoided capture but eventually Linville and Henry were killed and the others sent to jail.

Unlike Jesse James, the name Linville Eller has faded from the memories of most of Ashe County. Linville, along with his brother Henry, are buried in unmarked graves in the Barker-Eller-McNeil Cemetery on Parker Eller Road in Lansing.

[ "Ashe Outlaws: The Rise and Fall of the Eller Gang" by Josh Beckworth]
[ Linville Eller in EFA Database ]

19th Century Eller Immigrants

Much of the information here stems from Eller immigrants who arrived in Colonial America in the mid-1700’s.  Most of them were Protestant and came through the Mr. EllerPort of Philadelphia.  There was another wave of Eller immigrants who arrived in the mid-1800’s through the Port of New York.  They were mostly Catholic.

One was Emanuel Eller (photo-left) from Baden-Baden, Germany. He settled in Dearborn County, Indiana, where he ran a saloon. He also served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  

Another was Wilhelm Eller from Prussia who, with his wife and six children, settled in Dane County, Wisconsin. 

We’ve added them and some of their descendants to our database and there are narratives in our “research” section.

[ Emanuel Eller in the EFA Database | Emanuel Eller Research ]
[ Wilhelm Eller in the EFA Database | Wilhelm Eller Research ]

Lula Mae Hunter Obituary

Ms. HunterLula Mae Hunter (1925-2020) passed away June 11, 2020 in Hiawassee, GA. Mrs. Hunter was from the Jacob Eller line.

She was the daughter of Lula Mae Eller Nicholson, who was the daughter of William Riley Eller who was the son of Hardy Washington Eller.


[ Lula Mae Hunter Obituary | Lula Mae Hunter in the EFA Database ]