Eller Family Association

We seek to draw all Ellers and allied families into a cooperative effort.

Eller Conference

We had a great Eller Family Association conference at the Hinton Center in Hayesville, NC, Thanks to Steve Eller organizing the events.

We will have lots of pictures and details in the upcoming issue of the Chronicles.

Highlights included a presentation on Ellers in Towns County, Georgia, from Jerry Taylor on Thursday, a visit to "Sukey" Eller's grave, our Saturday night banquet and the election of Steve as the new EFA president and Lauren Liggett as our new Secretary-Treasurer.

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Looking for an Old Bible

EFA member Christine Eller Walker is trying to locate the person in possession of an old Bible printed in the German language at Halle, Germany, in 1770.

bible graphicIt is believed the Bible was willed to Jacob Eller by his father George Michael Eller.

About 1957, the Bible was believed to be in the possession of Mr. Wade E. Eller of Warrensville, NC.

A reward is offered. Call Christine at 336-921-3430.

Welcome!

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 Jun 2021 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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New Books From the EFA

Two new books are available from the Eller Family Association. 

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The first, “Marion Robert Eller: Record of Ancestors and Descendants” by Fay Joyce Eller and Evelyn Swanson, is 136 pages tracing the heritage of Marion Eller (1840-1924).  It is available for $20 plus $8 for shipping. 

The second, “Mountain Tallulah United Baptist Church Meeting Minutes: 1893-1918” compiled by Steve Eller, is 46 pages and includes references to a number of Eller families in the Towns County, Georgia, area.  It is available for $15 plus $8 shipping.

Orders can be placed thru Steve Eller, P.O. Box 52, Marble, NC.  Please include your return address.



Eller Obituaries

We've now added an obituary page for Eller descendants to the EFA website . Please advise the Editor of the Chronicles and/or the EFA Websmaster of additions or corrections.

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Eller Descendant Killed in D-Day Invasion

PFC Harry DeWitt of Deleware County, Indiana, was killed in the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France. He was in the 29th Infantry Division, 116th Infantry Regiment, Company B. 

PFC DeWittHe was a descendant of Christian Eller/Ohler through his son George and George's Grand-daughter Susan Elizabeth "Betsy" Eller.  His full genealogy can be found here.

The first boats from his company hit the beach at as part of a second wave on June 7th, the day after D-Day. There are records which say he died on June 7th and other records which say he died on June 17th, after his unit pushed inland near Vierville.

Unit records say the sea had been so rough throughout the journey that all hands had had to bail with their helmets in order to keep the boats afloat. They were little affected by the enemy fire until the ramps were dropped; then automatic fire from both flanks broke around the B-Company boat exits. The men jumped into neck-high water and started ashore. As it happened, the boat had come into the coast directly confronting a small cover. The beach was strewn with heavy boulders and could be traversed only with extreme difficulty.

They joined a group of Rangers at the cove and fought with them all day long helping them destroy the German positions around the fortified house and in the emplacements at the top of the cliff. There were 28 of them in all. After mopping-up the German trenches, they stayed at the second hedgerow beyond the cliff when they were ordered to rejoin the Battalion in its bivouac near Vierville.

Harry J DeWitt is buried or memorialized at Plot H Row 18 Grave 16, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

 


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New Research on George Eller Jr.'s Family

EFA member Donn Koenig has been doing extensive research on the genealogy of the George Eller, Junior line. Donn has completed work five of George’s nine children and plans to continue to the remaining four. The five completed research materials, totaling more than 1,600 people, are posted on the Eller Family Association website (see links to his research below).

George Eller, Jr. (1777-1851) is the son of Rev. George Eller (1754-1808) and his wife Christiana Sanger Yost (1755-1844), Rev George Eller was the son of immigrant Christian Eller/Ohler (1724-1804).

John Eller Research | Wilkerson Eller Research | Harrison Eller Research
George Washington Eller Research | Betsy Eller Research

Donn began this research during Covid when he had free time. He says he was pleasantly surprised that Ancestry.com had much more primary data than when he previously had researched these lines. We should note that Ancestry.com requires a paid membership.

George Jr. and his wife Polly raised their family in Kentucky and some in the first generation moved on to Texas. These two states. Donn says, are great for following family lines using state and county records that can go through about 2000.

In later generations, other lines moved out of Kentucky, mainly to the factory towns and farms of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Once there, Donn observes, they were much harder to follow.

A good resource, he suggests, is the Find-a-Grave website (free to use) that often includes pictures and obituaries, and which can have information on children and grandchildren of the deceased as well as parents and siblings. 

In his research, Donn addresses the question of whether George Junior’s daughters Betsy and Susan Elizabeth are the same person. His conclusion: they are not. [Full Story]


Jacob Eller line (Roanoke Ellers) DNA

dna graphicWe are looking for a male descendant of Jacob Eller of the Roanoke Ellers who is willing to submit his DNA for the Eller Family Project at Family Tree DNA.

The EFA will pay for the DNA kit and for the DNA test.

 

Looking For Indiana Ellers

With the 2023 EFA Conference tentatively planned for the Bloomington, Indiana, area, planning chair Harvey Powers is looking for contacts and resources in that area.

The Bloomington area, and specifically Monroe County, was home to John Eller, Sr. (1786-1840). He moved there about 1832 and went on to become a Justice of the Peace and Probate Judge.  We’ve documented nearly a thousand of his descendants.

Do you or any of your family have contacts in Monroe County, Indiana?  Or can you trace your family back to John Eller, Sr.?  If so, will you please contact Harvey at harv@harveypowers.com.  

Updating the Jacob Eller Book

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Thanks to everyone that turned out on November 6th at the Hiawassee Historical Society for our Eller Family Event. Thanks to Sandra Green, Ed Eller, Jerry Taylor and Jerry Kendall for your time and help today. We gained a lot of family information to update the John Jacob Eller and His Descendant Book.

It's not to late to add your information. Contact Steve Eller at ellerpop1@yahoo.com. We are looking for dates of birth, places of birth, marriages and place of marriage and any burial location for those who have passed on.