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The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road

wagon on the road

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.

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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. As soon as we get that copy, we will place it 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.


Do You Know These People?

unidentified family

We believe the people in the photo above may be an Eller family. This portrait was shown around the EFA Conference and no one was able to identify them for certain.

Donna Mackay of Saint George, Utah, says she believes the photo is of the Abraham Lincoln and Rebecca (Crane) Eller family who lived in Cascade Montana in the early 1900’s. In total they had 14 children and homesteaded near Great Falls, Montana. Abraham was Ms. Mackay's fraternal grandfather. Her father, Donald D Eller, was their third youngest. She says there is an Eller family cemetery in Casner, Montana.ontana.

"Bud" Eller Visits WWII Memorial

Mr EllerNesbert "Bud" Eller was in the Army during World War II. He served 14 months on the Pacific Island of Leyte.

In September 2009, he and other veterans of that conflict were flown to Washington to visit the World War Two Memorial.

His son, Stephen Eller, presented this memoir of his father's service and his visit to the memorial.

"Bud" Eller Article | "Bud" Eller in EFA Database ]

North Georgia Gathering


Ellers in the North Georgia area met October 19th in Nacoochee, GA They exchanged family information and shared dinner, door prizes and entertainment.

There were folks there that helpedp family members find their Eller family line back to John Jacob Eller.

2019 Conference - Wilkesboro, NC

Our 30+ year tradition continued in July with our bienial Eller Family Association conference in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Some 50 people attended all or part of the conference which featured presentations on a wide range of topics, tours and socializing. Special thanks to our hostess, Christine Eller Walker. More photos and conference highlights in the upcoming "Chronicles" and here on the EFA website. 

eller group

Wilkesboro was selected for the conference because of the large number of Eller families there.

It is believed that Peter Eller (1748-1799), son of George Michael Eller (1722-1778), the immigrant, setteled in Wilkes County. Peter is believed to be the only child by George Michael's first (unknown) wife.

There are also descendants of Conrad Eller (1784-before 1850), son of Melchior Eller (1735-1799), the immigrant, in an area along Germantown Road in Wilkes County. We are working now to doccument that line.

Our next conference wil be in 2021 in Georgia. Look for more details as we get closer to the date.

[More Wilkesboro History | The Ellers of Wilkes County | Peter Eller in Database ]

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 ]

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 ]

Clarification of Conrad Eller

Ms ReynoldsThere are two Conrad Ellers born in Rowan County, NC. The elder Conrad is the one who came to Wilkes County and died there before 1850.

The President of the Wilkes County Genealogical Society, Wilma Jean Church Reynolds, presented her finding on the two Conrad Ellers to our 2019 Conference in Wilkesboro in July.

The Ellers in the Germantown Road area of Wilkes County appear to be separate from other Ellers in Wilkes Co. NC, and are thought to be children of Conrad and his first 2 wives. It is noted that Conrad was related to many of the other Ellers settled in Ashe and Wilkes Co. NC.

[ Ms. Reynolds Presentation ]

Ellers in the Civil War

soldiersHundreds of Eller men took part in the American Civil War. There were Ellers on both sides of the conflict. The Eller Family Association is proud to present here information on more than 130 "Ellers Who Served in the Civil War," a collection of stories researched by Byron H. Eller.

Dr. Eller has done extensive research and his articles are well documented and offer much to the annals of Eller family history and will serve future generations of Eller historians in their studies.

[ "Ellers Who Served in the Civil War"]

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"

Eller Cemetery Workday

A half-dozen intrepid workers braved a chilly morning in North Georgia on November 9th to clear the underbrush and small trees on the “Old Smyrna Cemetery” in Hiawasse, Georgia.  The resting place for eleven people, the cemetery was neglected and, in the words of Steve Eller, in “pretty bad shape.”

Organized by Steve and accompanied by Korey Eller, Glen Dover, Larry Dover, Jimmy Berrong and Gerald Foster, the crew started with the lower section and the entrance road.  They plan to return November 23rd at 9AM to work on the upper section.


Hardy Washington "Hard" Eller, Steve’s Great-grandfather, was buried at this cemetery in 1908. He also has an infant grandson, Homer Welborn, and a nephew, Jacob Eller, buried close to him. 

Hardy Washington's memorial is readable but, it is broken in two places and has been placed in an aluminum pan that was formed in the shape of the memorial. There are 11 people that have been identified as having been laid to rest at this cemetery. Only about 8 of the memorials are readable.

A James B Goddard was buried at Old Smryna in 1887. His stone indicates that he left this world by being murdered. Tilman C Justice/Justis took Goddard’s life because he thought Goddard had been telling the government about his corn whiskey operation. A shotgun was used and Goddard was beat with the stock of the shotgun after being shot in the face. Justice was caught, convicted and hung on the square in Hiawassee.

[ More Photos | Hardy Washington Eller in Our Database | Old Smyrna Cemetery in Our Database ]

Jacob Eller Booklet

Henry Cline Eller

We’ve recently received a 24-page booklet on the Jacob Eller family of Roanoke County.

This booklet was prepared in 1953 by Henry Cline Eller (1900-2000)(pictured left), a Baptist Brethren minister and descendant of that Eller line.

The booklet is in the library of the History Museum of Western Virginia. Their Curator of Collections, Ashley Webb, made a copy for the EFA.  The booklet is now posted in the “Books” section of the EFA website. 

[ “The Jacob Eller Family Tree” | Henry Cline Eller | Jacob Eller ]

Updating Jacob Eller Book

cover of the bookThe Eller Family Association is working to update the book “John Jacob Eller and His Descendants” that was published in 1998 and authored by J. Gerald Eller, Edward K. Eller and Janie Eller Porter. 

Steve Eller (ellerpop1@yahoo.com) is spearheading the effort. Steve’s been working on the project for about three months. He’s looking for help. 

A photocopy of the existing book is available online (See link below).

You’re invited to review what’s there, offer corrections and – most important – provide updates.  

[ "John Jacob Eller & His Descendants" Copy | Other Eller Books Available online ]

Wilkes County "Bushwhackers"

graphic“Bushwhackers” was a term used to describe guerilla soldiers, often just thieves, who prayed on families in rural areas of “divided” states in the Civil War.  The mountain-areas of North Carolina, including Wilkes County, saw several such bands who terrorized the families of Confederate soldiers.

One such band of “bushwhackers,” Union deserters, set up in a log home on the Yadkin River in what was called Fort Hamby.  From that location in 1864 and 1865, they conducted raids on homes in and around Wilkes County.  One such home was that of James Eller.

James Eller’s grandson, Paul Hubbell, was able to pull together family stories to tell of what his mother called “"some very exciting and trying experiences that were forced upon my parents, kindred and friends, in Wilkes County and not far distant from where these gangs operated."

“The Bushwhackers of Wilkes County” shines a light on a often-forgotten aspect of a war that terrorized families and neighbors.

James McCarty Eller

James McCarty Eller (center with hat and walking stick) moved from Buncombe County, NC to Round Rock, TX. He was a pioneer in early Texas while indians were a problem.

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On one wagon trip back to Missouri, he was attacked by indians. He killed one and managed to escape without injury or loss of the wagon load of supplies he was hauling back to Texas.

[ James McCarty Eller in EFA Database | Article on James MC Eller ]

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 567 grave stones in more than 25 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 ]

North Georgia Gathering


Ellers in the North Georgia area met October 19th in Nacoochee, GA They exchanged family information and shared dinner, door prizes and entertainment.

There were folks there that helpedp family members find their Eller family line back to John Jacob Eller.

Journey to the Absalom Eller Family Cemetery

graphicDuring the 2019 Eller Family Conference in Wilkesboro, Dan Liggett (left) and Harvey Powers (Right)decided to try and find the Absalom Eller family cemetery.

The most recent recording, over 25 years old, had it located off Parsonville Road. It wasn't possible to get to it that way.

So, Dan and Harvey hiked through the woods off Boone Trail Road, where they met the property owner who graciously took them to the cemetery.

The full story of the search and photos of the 11 stones that were found are linked below.

[ Journey to the Absalom Eller Family Cemetery ]
[ Absalom Eller in the Database | Pictures ]

Can you Help Identify?

eller family?

We believe this might be the family of Rev. Joseph P. Eller (Adam, Jacob Jr., Jacob Sr.) of Weaverville. Joseph P. is believed to be the eldest male in the photograph. Please contact the webmaster if you can confirm.

[ Larger photo | Joseph Eller in the Database ]

Eller OBituaries

Lula Mae Hunter Obituary

Ms. HunterLula Mae Hunter (1925-2020) passed away June 11, 2020 in Hiawassee, GA. Mrs. Hunter was from the Jacob Eller line.

She was the daughter of Lula Mae Eller Nicholson, who was the daughter of William Riley Eller who was the son of Hardy Washington Eller.


[ Lula Mae Hunter Obituary | Lula Mae Hunter in the EFA Database ]

James "JC" Berrong Obituary

Mr BerrongJames "JC" Berrong passed away on Sunday, May 10th. He was a John Jacob Eller Descendant from the William "Bill" Eller line. William was a son of Susannah "Sukey" Eller.

JC goes back to William "Bill" Eller, George Caler Eller, William Anderson Eller and Bernice Eller Berrong.

[ James Berrong Obituary | James Berrong in EFA Database ]

Maude Melton Obituary

Ms. MeltonGenealogist Maude Roddy Melton (1923-2018) of Tennessee died recently In 1996 she authored an interesting article on David Eller's service in the Civil War.

Ms. Melton was a descendant of David Eller, and can trace her line back to George Michael Eller thru his son Peter Eller.

[ Maude Melton in the EFA Database | David Eller in the Civil War ]


Joanne Graves Obituary

Ms GravesWe have learned of the passing of another John Jacob Eller descendant, Joanne Sutton Graves (1932-2019).

Joanne goes back to Adam Eller who was Susannah "Sukey" Eller's brother. Joanne lived in Lancaster, South Carolina and leaves three daughters.

[ Joanne Graves Obituary | Joanne Sutton Graves in the EFA Database ]


Johnny Frank Taylor Obituary

Mr TaylorWe have learned of the passing of another John Jacob Eller descendant,Johnny Frank Taylor (1940-2020) of Hiawassee, GA. He was the son of George and Sarah Eller Taylor.

Johnny goes back to William Riley Eller and Hardy Washington Eller. He leaves a son, Scott Taylor; a sister, Montree McCarter; and grandchildren. nieces and nephews.

[ Johnny Frank Taylor Obituary | Johnny Frank Taylor in the EFA Database ]

Byron Eller Obituary

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 ]

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.


Francis Peters Obituary

Frances L. Peters, age 89, passed away in Shoreline, WA March 1, 2012. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel W. and Dora Downing-Peters of Sunnyslope, WA; brother, Frank L. Peters of Puyallup, WA; and sister, Margaret Peters-Palmer of Seattle.Ms. Peters is from the Roanoke/Botetourt branch of the Jacob Eller line.

[ Ms. Peters Obituary | Ms. Peters in the Eller Database ]

Francis Eller Obituary

Ms EllerWe note the passing of Mary Francis Eller, a longtime member of the Eller Family Association and wife of John C. Eller of Rowan County, NC.

She was born on January 6, 1930 in Cabarrus County to the late Rev. Clyde D. Hopkins Sr. and Varnie Shue Hopkins. She passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the Novant Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury, NC.

[ Francis Eller Obituary | Frances Eller in the EFA Database ]

Meade Temple Eller Obituary

Mr EllerMeade Temple Eller, 28, passed away, at home, on June 21, 2019, after a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. He received a bilateral lung transplant in March 2017. Meade was predeceased by his grandparents, maternal uncle, Rob Schonk and paternal aunt, Elaine Fagan. He is from the Christian Eller line.

[ Obituary | Meade Eller in our Database ]

Ann Whitworth Bennett Obituary

Ms BennettWilma Ann Bennett, age 76 of Clarksville, TN, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at her residence. She was born on July 28, 1943 in Toccoa, GA to Clarence and Effie Eller Whitworth. Ellen Alexander

[ Obituary \ Ann Whitworth in our Datbase ]

Jeremy Eller Obituary

Jeremy Eller, age 18, died on Nov. 6, 2019, from injuries related to being struck by a car in the Atlas Mountains while with the KennedyLugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco. He died while with friends who loved him on a grand adventure that made him happy.


Devon Dahl Obituary

Mr Dahl width=Mr. Devon Nilson Dahl of Fountain Valley, CA passed away at age 75 on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at home surrounded by family. Devon was born in Ogden, Utah on November 4, 1942 to the late Earl William and Evaline (Thurgood) Dahl.

Mr. Dahl is a former EFA Vice President (2003-2005).

[ Obituary| Devon Dahl in our Database ]

James Clifton Eller Obituary

Mr EllerJames Clifton Eller, 87, passed away peacefully at his home in Wasilla, Alaska on March 9, 2017. Clif was born July 23, 1929 in Robbinsville, North Carolina, the eldest son of Hobart Hobson and Fannie Elizabeth (Jones) Eller.

[ Obituary | James Clifton Eller in the EFA Database

Sue Eller Simpson Obituary

Ms SimpsonSue Eller Simpson, 71 passed away July 25th at home under the care of Catawba Regional Hospice. She was born February 23rd, 1945 in Baltimore, Maryland, to the late Travis Littleton Eller, Jr. and Leona Stull Eller.

[ Obituary | Sue Simpson in the EFA Database ]

Thomas Walter Wingler Obituary

Ms SimpsonThomas Walter Wingler, 67, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016, at Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center. Thomas is the son of Curt Wingler and the late Ruby Osborne and his mother and father-in-law, John and Frances Eller.

He was born July 2, 1948, in Corning, Ohio. Thomas was a self-employed paint contractor. His favorite hobby was traveling. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Wingler Knight.

[ Obituary ]

Betty Jean Eller Tutherow Obituary

ms TutherowBetty Jean Eller Tutherow, 85, of Rockwell, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury. She was born on September 8, 1930 to the late Travis and Viola Earnhardt Eller in Rowan County. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her Husband, Paul Edward Tutherow; and Brother, Travis Eller, Jr., and Sister, Lucille Cook.

[ Obituary | Betty Eller in the EFA Database ]

Dwight Edison Eller Obituary

Dwight Edson Eller Passed away October 15, 2015. Born March 12, 1931, Milford, Nebraska of an original settler family of Nebraska. Raised in Clay Center, Nebraska and Bozeman, Montana, he graduated from Bozeman High School and worked as a ranch hand and rodeo cowboy until going on active duty with the United States Army in 1952, having been first in the Montana National Guard. After serving overseas in France he mustered out in 1954 and moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona

[ Obituary | Dwight Eller in the EFA Database ]

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