Eller Family Association

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New John Jacob Eller Books Have Arrived

books ready to be shipped

The Eller Family Association has received its shipment of the 2023 Edition of “John Jacob Eller and his Descendants.” We are in the process of getting this set of three books delivered to those who placed advance orders. Steve Eller, EFA President and the principal author of the new edition, made the first deliveries to Brenda Galloway Franklin and Dr. Ketron Moss, both Eller descendants.

This three-volume, 2023 update of the original book, contains the names of more than 30,000 descendants of John Jacob Eller (1715- 1782), one of the original Eller immigrants who arrived in the new world and settled first in Pennsylvania and then in Rowan County, North Carolina.

The Eller Family Association sponsored publication of the books and will continue to offer them for sale as long as the limited supply lasts. The original book, with about half the descendants listed in the new edition, was sold out.

Volume one of this new printing contains some early Eller history and starts with the descendant listings. Volume two and three are devoted nly to descendant listings. An Index in the back of volume three will help you find the page number for any listed descendant

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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.

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About this Website

Our Eller Family Association website includes searchable information gathered from members across the country. As of 2024 we have:

You can start by looking for a specific person using the search feature. Or you can review what's been added to the site recently by clicking on "What's New." We also try to respond to inquiries posted on our Facebook page.

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.

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Recent Eller Obituaries

A full list of 2019 to 2024 Obituaries is on our Obituaries Webpage.
To add to, or correct obituaries Please contact the Editor of the Chronicles and/or the EFA Webmaster.

Jean Eller

Mrs. EllerOn February 18, 2024, at the age of 84, Jean passed away peacefully at home in Gloucester City surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Amber (Broadwater) Hagan.

Jean was predeceased by her beloved husband of 67 years, Wayne M. Eller, Sr., He was from the Jacob H. Eller line.

[ Obituary | Jean Eller in the EFA database ]

Gary B. Eller

Mr EllerGary B. Eller, 68, of Alum Creek, WV went to his heavenly home on February 14, 2024. Gary was born July 7, 1955. He was from the George Michael Eller line.

Gary’s life was spent as a retired US Marine and a retired surface mine heavy equipment operator.He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Roxanna Sue Eller, of 45 years and his 2 daughters.

[ Obituary | Gary B. Eller in the EFA database ]

Gregory Michael Eller

Gregory Michael Eller, of Lookout Mountain, GA, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.  He was born in Gary, Indiana and was raised on Lookout Mountain. Greg is a graduate of Rossville High School class of 1965 and 1974 graduate of University of Tennessee.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Cecele Eller; and a brother, Ronald Eller. He was from the Jacob Eller line.

[ Obituary | Gregory Michael Eller in the EFA database ]

Youngblood signs Nashville recording, writing deal

Mr YoungbloodHiawassee native True Youngblood is a well-known musician around these parts, and soon, he could be a household name everywhere after inking a Nashville recording and writing contract.

He is featured in a front-page article in the January 10th issue of the Towns County Herald.

True Youngblood goes back to the Jacob Eller line five ways: three by Sukey Eller's son Joseph, one by her daughter Malinda, and one by her son Jacob.

[ Full Story from the Towns County Herald ]

New Christian Emory Eller Book

During our Eller Conference in Salem, we were invited to visit the‘Oak Grove Church of the Brethren’ and were graciously allowed to go through their extensive Mr & Mrs Ellerarchives.  Here we found a 46-page booklet entitled “This I Remember,” collected by Henry C. Eller.

This book contains photos andrecollections of Christian “Crist” Emory Eller (left) and his wife Rebecca “Becky” Martha (Henry) Eller (right).book cover It includes memories from the children of Mr. & Mrs. Eller and by friends who remember them fondly.  It is a treasure-trove of personal history of a man who clearly left a lasting influence on his family and community.   

With permission from the Oak Grove Church, we have placed a PDF copy of the book on the EFA website

"This I Remember" Online

In addition, we have converted the PowerPoint presentation from the conference on the Crist Eller family to a video and it too is on the website:

Crist Eller Presentation (video)


Oklahoma Here We Come

The 2025 conference of the Eller Family Association is now set for the Tulsa area of Oklahoma. The EFA board voted for the location in an October phone-meeting.

A survey suggested, and the board agreed, that the conference should move from July to the third week in October and be three days, rather than four. The board hopes the change of date would find more agreeable weather and the shorter convention, lower hotel costs.

The specific location and agenda will be chosen as we get closer to the event.

The board picked the area around Skiatook and Tulsa, Oklahoma, because several Eller families live in the area. Many have never been to an Eller Conference. It will also be the first conference west of the Mississippi River in more than two decades.

Many Ellers in northeastern Oklahoma can trace their ancestry back to three brothers: Davis Bogard Eller (1859-1942) (photo of his family below), John Corn Eller (1857-1930) and Samuel Jefferson Eller (1833-1922). They were sons of William “Bill” Eller (1816-after 1900). All three moved to Oklahoma from north Georgia.

Davis Eller Family

The area in Georgia from which the Ellers moved had been home to thousands of Cherokee Indians. But from 1831 to about 1850 many were forced from their homes and “relocated” to Northeast Oklahoma, in the area where we found the Ellers.

Some say as many as 100,000 Native Americans were part of this ethnic cleansing by the U.S. government. Many died along the way. It was known as the “Trail of Tears.”

So, what does the Cherokee relocation have to do with the Ellers move to Oklahoma? It is possible the two Eller wives, Salena Maney and Harriett Maney, along with the two women’s parents, were Cherokee or Cherokee descendants. Davis Eller filed an application (see below) on 29 Jul 1896 in an effort to certify his children as Cherokee citizens. The application was denied for lack of evidence.

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Eller Descendants Honored in Towns County

Mr. Eller & Mr. KendallDion Eller (left) and Jerry Kendall (right), both 1963 graduates of Towns County High School, were honored at halftime during a basketball game at Towns County High School on December 28th, 2023. They were recognized for seven decades of service to Towns County Student Athletes.

Both of these gentlemen are Eller Descendants from the John Jacob Eller, Sr. line. 

Coach Eller became the head coach of the Towns County Lady Indians Basketball Team in 1969. His teams compiled a 272-216 record during a period of just over nineteen years at the helm.

Jerry Kendall was honored for his many years of service as a Historian, as a Coach, a Media Reporter, as an Official Scorekeeper, and as a Friend on behalf of the Student-Athletes, Coaches and Administration of Towns County High School.

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Hackers Stole Ancestry and
Health Data from '23andMe'

23andMe confirmed that a 2023 breach leaked data belonging to 6.9 million users.

23 and me hqsA company spokesperson says the breach affected around 5.5 million users who had DNA Relatives enabled, a feature that matches users with similar genetic makeups, while an additional 1.4 million people had their family tree profiles accessed. Some health data was apparently included.

The anonymous hacker then posted online an offer to sell the information.

There are now more than 30 lawsuits from victims of the massive data breach.

[ Time Magazine Article | 23andMe Statement ]