Eller Family Association

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

Plans for the 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 being planned now. Booking of rooms will start in January. Booking of rooms for the Nadine Johnson Retreat House will be done directly through Steve Eller (ellerpop1@yahoo.com; 706-318-7826), but please refrain from requesting your room until January 2021. Booking of other accommodations at the Hinton Center is to be done through the Hinton Center (828-389-8336 info@hintoncenter.org).

[ Hinton Center for Rural Life ]


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 64,000 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 1300 photos linked to individuals. More than 900 headstones. There are some 260 research documents ranging from books with hundreds of pages to smaller one or two page biographies. These have been added to 20 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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Old Smyrna Cemetery Workday

We had really great weather for the first "Old Smyrna Cemetery Workday" on November 14th.. Leon Berrong and his daughter had made a trip into the cemetery several month ago and cleared some underbrush and small trees. We finished clearing the entire cemetery and worked to clear turn around areas for vehicles. The new sign was installed and we will return to paint after the treated lumber has time to dry out. It was a very productive day. Thanks to all who showed up to work and those who donated money for the sign.

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The "Old Smyrna Cemetery" was heavily overgrown with some headstones damaged. It is the resting place for several of our ancestors including Hardy Washington and Joseph Jacob Eller.

Another "Old Smyrna Cemetery Workday" is scheduled for Saturday December 5th. Steve Eller is coordinating this event and has ordered a new headstone for Hardy Washington Eller and Joseph Jacob Eller.

Volunteers and supplies are needed! We will need chain saws and heavy duty weed eaters. Please let Steve know if you can provide any of the materials. As you know, we will need 4 wheel drive vehicles to get to the cemetery and carry the materials in. We will meet at the Upper Hightower Baptist Church Parking lot at 9 AM.

Contact Steve at ellerpop1@yahoo.com. 706-318-7826

Eller's Company Testing COVID-19 Drug

Mr EllerCelltex has received approval from FDA to proceed with a clinical trial using Stem Cells (MSCs) as a preventative against COVID-19.

“The FDA’s approval of our IND is not only a critical milestone for Celltex, but also for everyone who has been affected by COVID-19. Throughout the entire pandemic, MSCs have shown promise for combatting symptoms and complications associated with COVID-19, and as the nation’s leading commercial MSC banking and technology company, Celltex has the unique ability to transition these initial findings into a clinical trial. I am optimistic that our findings will result in favorable outcomes that will improve lives today and for generations to come,” said David G. Eller, Celltex Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

David Eller is a board member of the Eller Family Association and a descendant in the George Michael Eller line.

Full Story | David Eller in the EFA Database | David Eller Bio ]

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.

New Obituary Pages

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.

[ 2020 Obituaries | 2016-2019 Obituaries ]

NGS Family History Conference

The upcoming National Genealogical Society 2021 Family History Conference will be held in Richmond, Virginia, and will offer a series of lectures to advance NGS Logoyour research. Richmond is easily accessible and has several outstanding genealogical research facilities, including the Library of Virginia just a few blocks away.

The NGS Family History Conference, 19–22 May 2021, is an opportunity to choose from more than 175 lectures, presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with a host of exhibitors, and network with fellow genealogists.

With the merger of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and NGS in the fall of 2020, NGS is excited to announce a new program called Focus on Societies which includes a full day of lectures, workshops, and panels on Tuesday, 18 May. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top to bottom—so there is always more to learn and discover.

[ Conference Information \ NGS Website ]


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 ]

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