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James William ELLER

James William ELLER

Male 1846 - 1923  (77 years)

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  • Name James William ELLER 
    Born 29 May 1846  Bloomington, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Some records show his birth in 1845, not 1846. However, when he applied for an Army pension he admitted he was only 17 when he joined the Union Army and he provided the 1846 birth date.
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Sep 1923  Tryon, Neb. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Exeter, Neb. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I21  Christian Eller
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2002 

    Father Henry ELLER,   b. 9 Jun 1817, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1889, Monroe Co., IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Nancy SHREVE,   b. 7 Apr 1824,   d. 25 Jan 1902  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1845 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Francis Elmina HAGER,   b. 14 Jul 1849, Cobelskill, Schoharie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1898, Omaha, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 28 Nov 1872  Exeter, Neb. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Harley M. ELLER,   b. Aug 1878, Fillmore, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1957  (Age ~ 78 years)
     2. Laura Leone ELLER,   b. 16 Dec 1879, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1970, Omaha, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. Wayne McVeigh ELLER,   b. 28 Sep 1881, Fairmont, Neb. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1959, Petersburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     4. Francis H. ELLER,   b. 9 Mar 1883, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1951  (Age 67 years)
     5. Bayard ELLER,   b. Aug 1884, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Donald K. ELLER,   b. Jan 1886, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Ida D. ELLER,   b. 1 Sep 1887, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1916  (Age 28 years)
     8. Mildred I. ELLER,   b. 13 Jan 1893, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1950, Omaha, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2016 22:44:06 
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Louisa J. MILLAGAN,   b. May 1871, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 29 May 1921  Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2016 22:44:06 
    Family ID F363  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • EFA Research
    James W. Eller Military record
    James W. Eller Military record
    Company I, 10th Indiana Cavalry. Private James William Eller joined for duty and enrolled 26 November 1863 in Bloomington,
    Indiana for a period of three years.

  • Notes 
    • On 26 Nov 1863, at the age of 17, he volunteered for the Army (the Civil War). He served with his cousin, Henry B.A. Eller. They were in Troop I, 10th Indiana Cavalry, where he served until the end of the war. This unit moved from Indiana to Tennessee and Decatur, Alabama. Later it was involved in battles around New Orleans.
      At the close of the war, near Vicksburg, James William Eller became ill from diarrhea. He was hospitalized. In his application for a Union Army pension, he complained that this disability prevented him from doing any heavy work.
      He was among the first students to attend the new State University in Indiana. He later attended and graduated from Chicago Law School.
      He moved to Nebraska in 1871 (date included in a pension application), probably at the same time his parents moved. He settled in Exeter, Nebraska, along what was termed the "Oregon trail." It must have been "the fronteer," since his wedding was the first recorded in Filmore County. He moved to Fairmont in 1873, and Omaha in 1886. He practiced law in that area until (says his obituary) "..failing health forced him to close up that line of his work." This health problem, he would claim, was related to the illness he suffered in the war.
      During that period, he was elected District Attorney for the Omaha area (1875, two terms, Nebraska Blue Book). His obituary in the Filmore County News of 06 Sep 1923 says he also served as a County Judge about 1903. Another obituary (Tryon Graphic, 18 Oct 1923) says he served as the clerk of the Nebraska State Legislature.
      James' wife, Francis, died on Christmas Day 1898. Family stories suggest she and Donald died in a fire, the record shows Donald actually died three years later.
      In the census of 1900, James William Eller is still in Omaha (and presumably a lawyer or judge). The census shows eight children in the home and a 28 year old woman, Louise Millagan, who is listed as a Nanny and who gives her profession as a stenographer.
      In 1905, James W. Eller left Omaha and the law and took a "soldier's homestead" in McPherson County, Nebraska. Family stories say he was upset over the death of his wife and son. Some say he went "round the bend." Whatever the case, he remarried after the move.
      On 29 May 1921, at the age of 76, he married 49 year-old Louise Millagan, the former Nanny. She was alive at his death.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] J.W. Eller's book says he was born 1846.