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Our 2019 EFA conference should provide both a chance to socialize with our extended family and the opportunity to learn more about our Eller heritage.  As many of you know, a significant branch of the George Michael Eller line settled in and around Wilkes County.  Our hosts in Wilkesboro have arranged several significant opportunities to learn more.

On Thursday Roger Wingler, President of the Wilkes Genealogical Society, will discuss Wilkes County involvement in the Civil War and Wilma “Jean” Reynolds, board member of the Wilkes Genealogical Society, will talk about Early Eller families in Wilkes County.

On Saturday from 11am to 3pm, Mara Lynn Tugman, Adult Services Librarian at the Wilkes County Public Library, will serve as host in the Genealogy/Research Room of the Library. She is more than willing to assist anyone wanting to take this opportunity to research Ellers or extended family lines such as the McNeils or Vannoys.

There will be other presentations and visits during our Wilkesboro stay, but time is running out to register.  The registration form is available (link below) and you can call the host hotel (Holiday Inn Express & Yadkin Valley Event Center) at 336-838-1800 for special conference room rates. 

[Conference Registration Form] [Conference Details]

Cemetery Images

tombstoneIn a continued effort to update our website with data to help our genelogical research, we have started to add cemetery information and photos. As you know, the birth/death information of grave stones can be of immense help in documenting our ancestors.

We've entered 75 grave stones, indexed in 11 cemeteries in eight counties. We know we've just gotten started and so, we seek your help.

If you'd like to add a cemetery, click here for what we need and how to submit the information. We'll do the data entry. Just email it to the webmaster.

[ What to Provide | Eller Cemeteries & Headstones ]

Jesse F. Eller in The Civil War

Mr. EllerJesse Franklin Eller (1835-1900) served as a Lieutenant in Company K, 53rd North Carolina Infantry. He opposed secession but when North Carolina left the union he volunteerd for what he thought was his duty as a loyal citizen. Company K was made up entirely of men from Wilkes County.

He was part of the battles at Gettysburg, the Wilderness Campaign (where he was wounded), the battle of Saylor's Creek and was at Appomattox for Lee's surender.

[ Full Civil War Story | Jesse Eller in the EFA Database ]

Henry Eller

Mr. EllerHenry Eller (1817-1889) moved with his parrents from Virginia to Kentucky and later Indiana. He arrived in Indiana in 1813 when he was almost 14.

He served in the Union army in 1862 and served as a Sergeant in Company K, 133 Indiana Infantry. In Indiana he was a farmer, stock-breeder and served as a County Commissioner and Town Assessor.

[ Biographical sketch | Henry Eller in the EFA Database ]

Devon Dahl Tribute

Mr. DahlDevon Dahl passed away in August. He was Vice-President of the Eller Family Association from 2003-2005. He was part of the EFA from at least 1998 and, with his wife Carma, organized a research trip to Salt Lake City in 2002. He hailed from the George Michael Eller line.

Devon was born in Ogden, Utah on November 4, 1942 to the late Earl William and Evaline (Thurgood) Dahl. Devon graduated from University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business for graduate school in 1968. Devon was married to his loving wife Carma for over 50 years.

[Obituary & Tribute]

Karl Eller Obituary

Karl ellerKarl Eller, advertising pioneer and business visionary, died on May 10, 2019, in Phoeniz, Arizona. He was born in Chicago in 1928.

He was a pioneer in outdoor advertising, newspapers, radio and television.

He was president of Colombia Pictures in 1960. He was president and founder of "Circle-K" stores in 1983.

He was a major contributor to the University of Arizona where the "Eller College of Management" was named for him.


Dutch Pine Meeting House

pine churchWe believe some of the early Eller ancestors were Lutheran and worshiped at the “Dutch Pine Meeting House” about five miles east of Salisbury in Rowan County, North Carolina. That church existed in 1771 and may have been there much earlier.

The successor church is Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, located on Bringle Ferry Road. There is a large marker in the Church cemetery that says ” Pine Church. Built prior to 1771 and located in this area. Services held here led to organization of the N.C. Synod in 1803.“

[ "Dutch Pine Meeting House" Article | Hisatory of Union Evangelical Lutheran Church ]

Harvey Eller

HARVEY eLLERHarvey Eller (1819-1906) was raised in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and live on a farm near Rendezvous Mountain. However, the liquor traffic in the area offended his Christian precepts and the family opposed slavery. About 1852 they decided to move the entire family (husband, wife and 9 children) to Jefferson County, Iowa. On the eve of their departure, neighbors and relatives stayed up all night, singing hymns and offering prayers.

Harvey Eller, during his years in Iowa, was chosen to serve on school and township committees including several years tenure as township assessor. He was a pillar of the local Baptist Church and filled all of the offices that the church had the power to extend.

[ Biographical Sketch | Harvey Eller in the EFA Database ]

William Hamilton Eller

mr ellerWilliam Hamilton Eller (1842-1922) is described as a precocious lad, and by great devotion to his studies, laid the foundation for his later careers as a lawyer, a Baptist minister, editor and teacher. William became fluent in Greek and Hebrew and throughout his adult life he carried a Bible which was in Greek. He was a Doctor of Divinity and served churches in Ohio and Nebraska. He practiced law in Blair Nebraska, pastored the Baptist Church and founded the Blair Courier.

In 1862 at age 20 William entered the military service of the Union Army in Co. D.,19th Iowa Infantry. Later he served to the end of the war as 1st Sergeant in Co. I of the 45th Iowa Infantry. Two uncles and a great-uncle were in the Confederate army.

[ Biographical sketch | William H. Eller in the EFA Database ]

Eller Census Data Available

mr ellerWe now have all the Ellers in the United States from the Census of 1790 (The first census), 1800, 1810 and 1820 available on the EFA website. Data from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington.

Thanks to Erin Bradford for starting the work on this project.

[ 1790 | 1800 | 1810 | 1820 ]

James Madison & Nancy Eller

The place hosting the 2019 Eller Family Association meeting is Wilkesboro, North Carolina. We believe George Michael Eller's son, Peter B. Eller died there before 1799.

Mr & Mrs Eller
The February 1993 issue of the "Chronicles" contains an article "The Ellers of Wilkes County" by Nora Robinette Eller. It details a few of the Eller families starting with James Madison Eller and his wife Nancy Louise Vannoy (above). James Madison Eller was from the immigrant George Michael Eller's line.

[ The Ellers of Wilkes County | James Madison Eller in the EFA Database | George Michael Eller Book ]

Byron Eller

Mr ellerByron Harlie Eller (1921-2018) was a long-time member of the EFA and the author of numerious "Chronicles" stories on Ellers in the Civil War.

He was the 1993 recipient of the James Hook award; a doctor, a teacher and an avid Civil War historian.

Mr. Eller passed away in October 2018 at the age of 96. There will be more about Byron Eller in the May 2019 "Chronicles."

[ Booklet "Ellers in the Civil War" | Autobiorgaphy]
[ Byron Eller in the EFA Database ]