Eller Family Association

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

2023 EFA Conference Set for Roanoke

Roanoke Skyline

The 2023 biennial conference is now set for Roanoke, Virginia, July 19-23, 2023.  The “Star City,” as Roanoke is called, should be a perfect summer location, nestled at the edge of the Blue Ridge mountains and not far from the Parkway. 

The Roanoke area is closely tied to one branch of the Eller family.  Jacob Eller and his wife Magdaene 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.” 

There has been an ongoing debate among Eller descendants about this Jacob Eller’s origin.  There is a school of thought that he was a son or grandson of immigrant George Michael Eller. Another possibility is that he was the immigrant and is not tied to the George Michael line. 

Whichever is the case, the “Roanoke Branch” appears to have strong ties to the German Baptist Brethren Church (sometimes called Dunkers).

We encourage you to put July 19-23, 2023 on your calendar and watch this space for more information about our Roanoke conference.


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.

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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.

Joy Eller Helton

Mrs HeltonJoy Eller Helton, 84, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2022, in Johnston Memorial Hospital. Joy was born in Tazewell County, Va., raised in Glade Spring, Va. and lived in the Abingdon area for most of her life.

She was a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in Social Work. Joy used her calling to work with children in the Tennessee Department of Human Services, from where she retired. Afterwards, she worked at the Holston United Methodist Home for Children. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard L. and Gladys Hinkle Eller and sons Lee Andrew and Donald Scott Helton. Joy is survived by her husband of 64 years, Donald Eugene Helton.

[ Obituary | Joy Eller Helton in the EFA database ]


Charles Junior Eller, Sr.

Mr. EllerCharles Junior Eller, Sr, age 92, of Conowingo, MD, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022. He was born on November 5, 1929 in West Jefferson, NC to the late William Thurman Eller, Sr and Callie (Poe) Eller. He was from the George Michael Eller line. Charles was the husband of the late, Kathryn Marie Eller. Charles passed away exactly two months after his beloved wife.

Charles proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a master mechanic and could fix anything from cars and trucks to farm equipment. 

[ Obituary | Charles Junior Eller, Sr. in the EFA database ]


Scotty Dewayne Eller

Scotty Eller, age 46 of Albertville, AL passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at his home.

He is survived by his daughter; Angela Upton, grandchildren; Jaba and Jaleigha Childress, wife; Judy Eller, step-children; Brittany Childress and Madison Pope, step-grandchildren; Adriana Childress, Zayleigh and Brinley Breedlove, sister; Tonya Eller, brother; Steven Eller and special nephew; Tyler Eller.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Kenneth and Diane Eller. He is from the Eli Eller line.

[ Obituary | Scotty Dewayne Eller 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)

Is There A Connection?

Do two of our newer Eller lines connect?   We suspect they do but so far, we haven’t found the connection. Mr Eller

Johannes “John” Eller (1818-1883) emigrated from the Darmstadt area of Germany in 1840 and eventually settled in Groveland Township, Tazewell County, Illinois.  He was associated with Evangelical movement and his wife, Justina, was a leader in it.  Johannes is buried in the Zion Evangelical Church cemetery in Tazewell County.

Jacob S. Eller (1837-1911) also emigrated from the Darmstadt area but later, 1860.  He settled in Traverse City, Michigan.  His brother,  Martin Eller (1833-1922), is from the same area in Germany, but he ended up in Tazewell County. He was a minister with the Evangelical Church and is also buried in the Zion Evangelical Church cemetery. 

Both lines (Johannes and Jacob) have some ancestry information on the internet but it appears to be somewhat speculative.  However, here’s what we’ve found:

The geography, the similar names and the Evangelical Church connection all seem to point to a connection.  Please contact the webmaster if you are able to find the connection.


80th Birthday Celebrated

Betty Jean Adams Eller, wife of the late James Ira Eller, Mrs Ellercelebrated her 80th birthday on June 16th at the Madison Baptist Church near Stephens County, Georgia.

Mr. Eller goes back to Susannah "Sukey" Eller through her son Joseph Eller and his wife Mariah Hedden Eller.

"Eller Way" is located just behind the church and least to Betty's home.

There was a large turnout for the celebration and Betty was surprised to see lots of family and friends there to celebrate. (Contributed by Steve Eller)


Another Eller Line

Eller HeadstoneWe’ve found another Eller family line. 

John Eller, Sr. (1837-1917) was a brick-layer and stone-mason in Manchester, Delaware County, Iowa.

His obituary says he emigrated to the United States from Bavaria, Germany in 1866 with his wife (Barbara Marshall Eller, 1840-1917) and three children.  He added seven additional children from 1869 to 1884. 

His obituary says he died from asthma which “overtaxed his strength.”  His funeral was held at Saint Mary’s Catholic church and he was buried in the church cemetery.

[ John Eller, Sr. in the EFA database ]