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Conrad Eller

Conrad Eller[1]

Male 1784 - Bef 1850  (< 65 years)

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  • Name Conrad Eller 
    Born 1784  Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1850  Wilkes County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3  Conrad Eller
    Links To This person is also Conrad ELLER (I3) in the John Melker Eller, Sr. tree on this site  
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2019 

    Father John Melchior (Melker) Eller,   b. Abt 1735, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1799, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Anna Elizabeth Goettge (Getchey) 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 First Wife,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Susan Sophie Eller,   b. Abt 1802, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Anna Eller,   b. Abt 1810, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary [Unknown],   d. Bef 1840 
    Children 
     1. Pricilla Lucrecia Eller,   b. Abt 1821, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900, Watauga County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     2. Mariah Eller,   b. Abt 1822, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Henry Alexander Eller,   b. Abt 1824, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1880, Wilkes County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     4. Mary Malinda Eller,   b. 1825, Rowan County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1900, Wilkes County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 76 years)
     5. Levi Cox Conrad Eller,   b. 1827, Grayson County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Lucy Eller,   b. Abt 1828, Grayson County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Hugh Montgomery Eller,   b. 15 Nov 1829, Wilkes County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1911, Wilkes County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • EFA Research - People
    Eller, Conrad
    Eller, Conrad
    Research on the Conrad Eller who settled in Wilkes County, NC about 1830. Presented by Wilma Jean Church Reynolds at the EFA Conference 7/25/2019.

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    Eller, Conrad
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  • Notes 
    • Conrad Eller (1784- ) sometimes called “Coonrad” Eller, son of immigrant John Melchior Eller, is something of a scoundrel.  He has two daughters (Sophie and Anna) by a first wife.  He has seven children by his second wife.  We do not know the names of either of his wives.
      His oldest daughter, Sophie Eller (b. about 1802) marries Charles Bolin (Bullen) in 1826 while both families are still in Rowan County, North Carolina. The Bolin/Bullen family is quite prominent, with Charles’ancestor one of the first ten German families to settle in Rowan County. 
      Charles Bullen apparently inherited significant money and shortly after the marriage. He and his wife then move to Grayson County,Virginia, along with her father Conrad Eller. 
      Shortly after Sophie and Charles arrive in Grayson County(with Conrad Eller), they purchase land there using Charles’ inheritance.  Their first two children (Mary b. 1828 and John b. 1829) are born there.
      They then move back, first to Ashe County, North Carolina,and then back to Wilkes County by the 1830 census.  Charles Bullen and his father-in-law Conrad Eller purchase land there together. 
      That land is identified as being in the Brown’s Ford are along the Yadkin River (where the current Route 268 and Germantown Road meet).  The home place was located along Third Creek.  It’s believed there is a graveyard there with several unmarked graves believed to be early Ellers and Bullens.
      Charles Bullen made his last payment on the land.  However, father-in-law Conrad Eller could not make his part of the payment and so Charles sold a horse that was one of the children’s favorites so he could cover Conrad Eller’s part of the debit. 
      Conrad Eller is described as a “wheeler dealer” and a gambler. He was also a master Rock Mason and is credited with building the first rock mill house at the waterfalls on Moravian Creek.
      Charles died in 1845 and father-in-law Conrad Eller lost the farm because of debts he couldn’t cover. That left his family and Charles Bullen’s family without a home. By 1850,Conrad had died.
      Charles and Sophie’s oldest son, John Bullen, worked as an overseer on the nearby Brown plantation, earning enough money to purchase 100 acres of land near the farm the family had lost.  The road was referred to as Germantown Road,so named for the several German families who settled in the area.
      About 1852 John Bullen build a home for his family and another for his mother and his brothers and sisters. After the Civil War, Sophie Bullen and some of her children moved to Carter County, TN.  She lived there until her death.  
      Most of her half-siblings (children of Conrad’s second wife stayed in Wilkes County where they struggled. 
      -- Information from Jean Reynolds (See sources)

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Reynolds, Wilma Jean Church.