Eller Family Association

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

Registration Open for EFA Conference

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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.


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 Thursday, we'll hear presentations and on Friday 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.

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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 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.

James Edward Arrowood

Mr. ArrowoodJames Edward Arrowood, age 59, of Tiger, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.Born on January 21, 1964, in Demorest, he was a son of the late Frank Arrowood and Joyce Darlene McClellan Arrowood. He was from the Jacob Eller line.

James worked in construction for most of his life. He enjoyed art, painting, fishing, telling jokes, and making people laugh. 

[ Obituary | James Edward Arrowood in the EFA database ]


Joel David Eller

Mr EllerJoel David Eller of Christiansburg, Virginia, who passed away on May 17, 2023 at the age of 84.

He was predeceased by : his parents, Thurman Eller and Annie Spencer Eller; his wife Nikola Sowers Eller; his brother Sonny Eller; and his great grandchild Ryan Joseph Atkinson. He was from the Conrad Eller line.

[ Obituary | Joel David Eller in the EFA database ]


Marvin Ray Waldroup

Mr WaldroupMr. Marvin Ray Waldroup age 54 of Pilots Peak Suches passed away peacefully on Monday May 15, 2023 in Blairsville following an extended illness. Marvin was born on September 8, 1968 in Hiawassee, GA., the son of the late David Waldroup and the late Belva Moss Parker. He was from the Jacob Eller line.

He enjoyed wood carving, gardening, fishing and being outdoors. Marvin was a carpenter and pipe fitter by trade. He was a loving father, brother and grandfather.

[ Obituary | Marvin Ray Waldroup 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.

Last Chance to Update the Jacob Eller Book

EFA President Steve Eller has been working to update the 1998 book “John Jacob Eller and his Descendants.”  He started in 2019 and plans to complete it in June of this year, in time for the Eller Family Association conference in Salem, VA in mid July.

In 2019, the book had about 16,500 names. Steve says he now has almost 30,000 names.

Steve has communicated with many Eller folks from Maine to California. He says some of those folks hung up on him, cursed at him and “…plain out told me they were not interested in their family roots.”

On the other side of that coin, he says he has made many new friends. “I have laughed with them, cried with them and even prayed with few,” he says.

Steve anticipates getting more information as the June deadline approaches. He fears he may be overwhelmed at the last minute and so asks that if he contacted you about needing your family info, please send it to him as soon as you can. ellerpop1@yahoo.com