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.
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.
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.