Eller Family Association

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

2023 EFA Conference Set for Roanoke

Our July 2023 Biennial Conference will be July 19th to 23rd at the Comfort Suites at 2898 Keagy Road in Salem, Virginia.  Salem is immediately adjacent to the city of Roanoke, Virginia.  We encourage you to put the dates on your calendar and to make your hotel reservations early.  Our meetings will be in the hotel conference room.

roanoke & hotel

We chose the Roanoke area as the 2023 conference location because it is where a significant Eller family lived in the 1700’s. Jacob Eller and his wife Magdalene settled on “Wolf Run” in what is now Roanoke County (created from Botetourt in 1838) about 1790. The “Eller Homeplace” was sold to Jacob Eller in 1799 and was located about seven miles southwest of Salem on “the headwaters of Craven Creek.”

On Friday at 10 o’clock we’ve scheduled a special mini-bus trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway, Along the trip, we will make a brief stop at the “Great Valley Overlook.” The Great Valley with its rolling hills seems to stretch forever.


 From the Parkway, we’ll stop at the famous  Peaks of Otter Lodge for lunch.  It’s a historic legacy among stops on the Parkway.  And it’s “Lake View Restaurant” is a renowned destination for dining with a menu featuring fresh and organic local ingredients and regional specialties

Our Saturday night banquet will be at Jersey Lily’s Roadhouse, located very close to the hotel.


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 2022 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 2022 Obituaries is on our Obituaries Webpage.
To add to or correct obituaries Please contact the Editor of the Chronicles and/or the EFA Webmaster.

Norma Eller Anderson

Mrs AndersonNorma Anderson, 92, of Hayesville passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2023. She was the daughter of the late Alfred and Effie Ledford Eller. She was from the Jacob Eller line.

Norma had worked as a florist. She was a Senior member of the Shooting Creek Church of God for over 75 years. The younger generation called her Nana. In addition to the parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Max Anderson; and and nine brothers and sisters.

[ Obituary | Norma Eller Anderson in the EFA database ]


Jeanette "Judy" Dover

Mrs DoverMrs. Jeanette "Judy" Nicholson Dover, 92, of Hiawassee, Georgia passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023. She was born to the late Hobson and Bertie (Jordan) Nicholson in Franklin County, Georgia on February 26, 1930.

Judy was of the baptist faith. She married the love of her life, Neal Dover, on April 5, 1960. Mr. Dover was from the Jacob Eller line.

[ Obituary | Judy Nicholson Dover in the EFA database ]


Mary Eller Faris

Mrs FarrisMary Eller Faris, aged 83, passed away January 13, 2023, surrounded in peace and love in the Midlothian, VA home of her daughter Deborah Bingham. Born October 18, 1939, the last of 10 siblings to Millard Hansford Eller, Sr. and Dora Lewis Eller, she was from the George Michael Eller line.

Mary graduated from Riverview High School, Ashe County, NC. After graduating in 1960 from the Alexandria Hospital School of Nursing, Mary started her nursing career in the neonatal ward of the Alexandria Hospital caring for the youngest of premature babies. Mary was a revered and well-respected head nurse at McGuire Hospital in Richmond through her retirement in 2005. 

[ Obituary | Mary Eller Farris in the EFA database ]


Dison Eller's Store and Corn Mill

If you are traveling north on US Hwy 441 through Clarkesville, Georgia, and get to Irvin Lane, turn right and look behind the old Clarkesville Motors Building. There is an old building (see photo) that was once a general store and corn mill. Dison David Eller operated the store for many years.


His grandson, David Dison III told me he can remember wagons and trucks lined up there on Saturday morning wanting to get their corn turned into cornmeal.

Dison was born 1878, married Lassie Mae Wood and had 14 children (several died at birth). Dison goes back to Susannah "Sukey" Eller through her son, William "Bill" Eller.

Dison David Eller died 1969 in Clarkesville, Georgia and was laid to rest at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. David Dison III still lives in Habersham County and has a son named David Dison Eller IV. (Contributed by Steve Eller)

Jacob Eller Cemetery Visit

Recently EFA President Steve Eller visited the Jacob Eller cemetery in Hillsdale, TN. Jacob married Nancy Moss Wood. In Hillsdale he met with a number of Jacob's descendants and toured the cemetery. For more on the visit and more on the cemetery, click here.


Jacob was the son of Joseph F. Eller and Sara Stephens. Joseph F. was Sukey Eller’s brother.

Jacob Eller was born in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina in 1822. He moved to Hillsdale, Tennessee around 1850 and settled down. He married Nancy M. Wood and they both are buried in the family cemetery.

Jacob was a millwright and a very industrious man. He built a dam across Goose Creek and built a roller mill and a grist mill.

Another Eller Line

Thanks to Eller descendant Robert Clayton Eller who stumbled on the EFA website while researching his family, we now have another, apparently separate, Eller line. This one traces back to David Eller (1808-1863). He's provided us with the names of more than 200 new Eller descendants.  

David Eller was born in Pennsylvania and died in Seneca County, Ohio.  If you can help him trace the line back further, he asks that you contact him at: rclaytoneller@gmail.com

[ David Eller in the EFA database]



Help Us Identify...

While we have more than 77,999 names in our EFA database, we have more than a dozen Eller’s whose ancestry we cannot trace.  

Most died in the past year and their obituaries were available online.  Please help us determine their genealogy. 

Click here to see the list.