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From Dr. Rose Eller, A-8962, Grobming Austria. Ltr. dated October 18, 1991.

Dear Eller Association:

I thank you very heartily First for the mailing of the Chronicles and then for the greeting cards from Estes Park!

Right at this time I sustained a broken thigh bone which kept me in the hospital for, 10 weeks. For 10 days I have again been enjoying my home and am luckily managing well with the help of a good Friend. I still support myself with a crutch, avoid dangers and hope to be able soon [that is, in three months] to walk well again. I am not a complaining person; that helps me.

In the meantime I have lost the summer and now it is autumn with rain, mist and gloominess in the countryside. But all that does not sadden my mood. Besides, I have a mountain of mail to work over which has been lying around for months. Everything goes more slowly, writing too, because I tire more quickly.

That the meeting was a complete success pleases me very much, since the preparation is a lot of work. I know from experience. I was the general organizer in school. That always presents something. In March I issued the tasks for my literature prizes in a paper which was very well received. The First prize winner writes through me she gets the courage to bring out her poems. That is, however, payment enough, isn't it? Many people gave their opinion, not always unanimously. From that I learn. Then in 1993 the prize instruction is repeated because it represents a bequest.

In the immediate vacinity there is war,. We in Austria are apprehensive because all the hands are staying on laps and minds are standing still without interruption. Cause: The Croatians** in a war on the German side; therefore they are expected to bleed to death. Russia is a danger afterwards just as before. The turnaround still has not lasted long.

Heartfelt greetings to all! Rose Eller

[Our thanks to Leetha Renwick, 1108 Shady Lane Apt. #1, Visalia, CA 93277-2166, for, the above translation.]


(Member of the musical group ALABAMA)

From Dorothy W. Newbold, P.O. Box 507, Ball Ground, GA 30l07. Ltr. dated 19 May 1989...Finally -found an address for possibly reaching Teddy Gentry: "Alabama" Fan Club, P.O. Box 529, 201 Glenn Ave., S.W., Fort Payne, Alabama 35967- [Attention: Teddy Gentry, in lower left hand corner- of envelope.] No one is allowed to give out his address or telephone number. Teddy's maternal grandfather is Burt Eller, Rt. 4, Fort Payne, Alabama 35984. Burt was married to Ollie Owens. His father was Elisha Hedden Eller who married Julia Brickley. His father was George Henry Eller who married Rachel Brown. His father was Joseph Eller who married Mariah Hedden. We wrote to Burt Eller but have received no reply. [Eds. See Eller Chronicles Vol. II, No. 1, p. 8 for more on this line of Jacob Eller (Rowan Co., N.C.) descendants.]

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From Georg Eller, Bingen/Rhein, Germany. A Christmas Greeting to the EFA and the two following pictures, one of his home and one of his family.

Georg Eller & Family

Georg Eller's Home

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From Louise Eller Collidge, 1401 W. First St., McCook, Neb. 69001 via letter to A. Wm. Eller, President, EFA.

Barnett Cleveland Eller, b. 29 Feb. 1844, Wilkes Co., N.C.; d. 30 Mar. 1929, David City, Nebraska; m. 14 Dec. 1859 Annie Troxel. He was a lst sargeaut in Co. K, 9th Iowa Cavalry in the War Between the States ... from J. W. Hook, Geo. Michael Eller, pp. 202-206.

Ltr. dated 21 Jan. 1964 from Helen and Harry Evans and Uncle Hugh Eller to Louise Eller Coolidge, grand-daughter of Cleveland Barnett Eller: "I am wondering if you have heard ... that Grandpa Eller participated in Lincoln's funeral ... He had gone to war for a neighbors son and was paid $500.00 ... this was how he got his start and bought his land when he came back to Iowa ... his Division of the Army were guards at the funeral ... they were shipped by train with their horses ... after the funeral they were let out ... Grandpa wanted to buy his horse, a beautiful animal but they would not sell. Liucoln's casket was open ... Grandpa did not see him.

Ltr. dated 9 Jan 1976 from Harry and Helen Evans to Louise and Dave Collidge ... I took a few shots (photos) of the ribbon that Grandpa Eller wore at Lincoln's funeral. He was an honor guard ... it has the name on the ribbon- also David City on it - both in gold and two flags - all is pretty fragile. I have it in a deep frame to protect it ... It was in papa's trunk... I had never seen it until after his death.

Notation on back of photo below:"...it has David City Neb. on it, Lincoln And Post #10 under it- has 13 stars and stripes on the flags. Really valuable to us -will try again for a better one (photo) would make a good enlargement for Bicentennial. The white flags are frayed a bit. At top says, "Grand Army of the Republic", Also 1866 on medal. Harry holding it."


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(of interest to Jacob, Jr.,/Mary Biffle Eller Line)

From Janet M. Roseen, 219 Second Street N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55413-2217 comes an announcement that she is exploring the possibility of starting a Biffle Family Association.

[Eds. This announcement will be of interest to descendants of John Jacob and Mary Marlena Biffle Eller of Buncombe County, N.C. See the chart below which shows the Biffle-Henckel connection to this Eller line.. Note that Catherine Henckel Biffle is a descendant of the Lutheran minister, Rev. Antonius Jacobus Henckel who came to Pennsylvania in 1717.

A delightful book: The Pastoral years of Rev. Anthony Henkel 1692-1717, by Ann Hinkle Gable was published by the Penobscot Press, Camden, Maine in 1991. The author passed away in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee soon after the book was published. The book deals with the life of Rev. Anthony Henckel in the German Palatinate before he immigrated to Montgomery Co., PA in 1717.

A Henckel (Hinkel Hinkle) Family Association has been in existence since 1925. An extensive genealogy was published in 1964 by the Henckel Family Association : THE HENCKEL GENEALOGY 1500-1960 - Ancestry and Descendants of Reverend Anthony Jacob Henckel 1668-1728 - Pioneer Evangelical Lutheran Minister, Emigrant from the German Palatinate to America in 1717, by William S, Junkin and M. W. Junkin. This publication has been followed by the HENCKEL BULLETIN, published each year since 1964. The current editor of the Henckel Bulletin is: Nedra D. Brill, 12816 Lampton Lane, Fort Washington, MD 20744.

The immigrant Henckels, Biffles, Goettges and Ellers (Jacob and Melchoir, probably Christian) settled near one another in Montgomery County, PA. The Henckel arrived first (1717); then came Paul Buffel (Biffle) (1738) whose daughter Elizabeth married Christian Eller, then came Johannes Goettge (1751) whose daughter Maria Eva married Jacob Eller there in 1753 (Arrival date for the Ellers not known). John Justus Henckel, son of Rev. Anthony Jacob Henckel, removed to Rowan County, N.C. in 1750, about the same time as did Paul Biffle. The Ellers and Goettges arrived in Rowan County as early as 1755-60. We believe it is safe to say that the first German ancestor of the Jacob Eller, Jr./Mary Biffle line to reach America was the Rev. Anthony Jacob Henckel who came in 1717. It is known that the early Henckel, Biffle, and Goettge immigrants to Pennsylvania in the mid 1700's came from the German Palatinate. In all probability so did the early Eller immigrants.

[Eds. Brent A. Cox (see following page) has written a most interesting account of the life of Col. Jacob Barnett Biffle who served with great distinction under, Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest in the War' Between the States. Col. Biffle was a great grandson of Adam Biffle and Catherine Henckel. His father, was born in Haywood Co., NC but the family moved to Maury Co., TN in 1810. Cox says, "When the Mexican-American War was declared in 1846, Col. Jake was 18: … he volunteered ... wearing brown jeans and a roundabout coats and riding an $80.00 horse, young Jake galloped off to war." ..."In July 1861 Jacob Barnett Biffle organized Company B of the Second Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry Battalion" ... and again went to war.]

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5 Generation Ancestor Chart for:
Mary Marlena Biffle, 1760 - 1837

   4 - Johannes Paulus Buffel
B: 30 Aug 1699
P: Contwig, , Germany
P: , , Germany
D: Abt 1777
P: , Rowan,North Carolina
8 - Johannes Adam Buffel
B: 1662
P: , , Germany
M: 19 Oct 1692
P: , , Germany
D: 15 Jun 1748
P: Contwig, , Germany
16 - Johannes Hans Buffel
17 - Maria Stein
9 - Anna Mar5ia Haas
B: 1668
P: , , Germany
D: 20 Jun 1738
2 - Johannes Adam Biffle
B: 18 Apr 1728
P: Contwig, , Germany
M: Abt 1758
P: , , North Carolina
D: Dec 1804
P: W, ,North Carolina
10 - Johannes Georg Haan
20 - Johannes Vendelin Haan
5 - Catharina Apolonia Hann
P: , Rowan, North Carolina
11 - Anna Maria Schocker
1 - Mary Marlena Biffle
B: Abt 1760
P: ,Rowan, North Carolina
M: 17 May 1776(div)
P: ,Rowan,North Carolina
D: 1837
P: ,Buncombe,North Carolina
Johan Jacob Eller
12 - Anthony Jacobus Henckel
B: 27 Oct 1668
P:Mehrenberg, ,Germany
D: 1728
24 - Georg Henckel
6 - John Justus Henckel
B: 10 Feb 1706
P: Daudensell, ,Germany
M: Abt 1730
P: ,Philadelphia,Pennsylvania
D: Aug 1778
P: German Valley,A,Virginia
25 - Anna Eulalia Dentzer
13 - Maria Elizabeth Dentzer
26 - Nicholas Dentzer
3 - Catherine Henckel
B: 13 Jan 1735
P: M,, ,Pennsylvania
D: Bef 5 Aug 1803
P: ,Buncombe, North Carolina
7 - Maria Magdalena Eschmann
B: Abt 1710/1712
P: ,Philadelphia, Pennyslvania

Name and address of submitter:
Janet M. Roseen
219 Second St. N. E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413-2217

Phone: (612) 378-2217

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The Life And Military Career of Colonel Jacob Barnett Biffle Forrest's Cavalry

For a buff or historian that studies the career of Nathan Bedford Forrest, this 50 page work provides a clear picture of Forrest's finest "Colonel." Colonel Biffle displayed characteristics which closely resembled Forrest and through this work the author attempts to prove Biffle to be one of the South's finest military officers.

To Order: Write Brent A. Cox, 2043 Algee Lane, Milan Tennessee 38358. 901-686-7097

Simply send $6.00 (postage included) to the above address for a copy. Limited copies will be printed, due to improper funding, so you better order now!





Copies to be purchased #

Total included

The profits, if any, will be donated to a more in depth search of Biffle and his family, and used to possibly present a book in future years.


November 1991

By Brent A. Cox

(Eds. Eller Chronicles: This of special interest to Jacob Eller,Jr.2/ Mar Biffle descendants.)

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In a busy basement in Apollo, Pennsylvania a husband and wife team work feverishly to meet yet another deadline on a client's printing needs. Often- the result of their efforts is another issue of the Eller Chronicles. The couple are Bob and Mary Closson, owners of the Closson Press, 1935 Sampson Dr., Apollo, PA 15613-9238.

Some years ago Bob and Mary, motivated by their church's suggestion that people search out their ancestors, spent considerable time chasing down their roots, starting in Pennsylvania and reaching into the centers of Germany and Scotland. It was soon apparent that such searching could be an expensive venture, so they decided to start a genealogy service that made it reasonable for others to search their ancestry in Pennsylvania. They hoped to make enough profit to support their own "habit". At no time did they have intentions of getting into the genealogy or printing field professionally.

They started by compiling 60 cemetery records for Westmoreland County, PA and offering to search these for specified names for $1.00. They were amazed at the response. People began to ask them to search here, there, and everywhere in Pennsylvania. At first they rejected the requests but these continued in an endless stream. So they began to purchase and compile more records in response to the many requests. They began to visit courthouses to abstract and compile records to be put in book form. That was their- entry to the book business.

Finding a printer for, their books was a problem. Most professionals were quick printers interested only in lager quantities. Their smaller orders languished longer and longer, at these places and the prices were out of sight.

Bob had been a printer in high school and loved it; but now he had a full-time job with Bell Telephone but was unhappy there. When he retired after 30 years he and Mary decided to start "CLOSSON PRESS" and this they did in 1976.

Soon their multilith was replaced with the state of the art modern equipment that occupies their basement today. The business expanded and expanded until it gradually took over most of their house. Interest in genealogy on the part of many people whose needs, made known to Bob and Mary, created and maintains the Closson Press.

Genealogy books are very very slow sellers. No more than two copies of some books are sold per year. Many you can't give away unless you find the right person who needs them. Bob and Mary felt that all history and genealogy was worth preserving so they took many chances. In time it became necessary to go into commercial printing so they could continue to produce duce their, little genealogy books (church, cemetery, courthouse records, etc.)

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Juanita and Gerald Eller, when they started the Eller- Chronicles, produced the first three or four issues by doing all the photocopying, collating, addressing and mailing. As the membership grew this became a difficult task and professional local Printers were consulted. All were too expensive.

Gerald had used the services of the Clossons on several occasions to search records for Ellers in Pennsylvania and had learned of their printing services. He contacted Mary and Bob and learned that they would do the work for a price quite acceptable to the EFA. In addition to turning out good prinr they made it possible for pictures to be used. They excel in printing pictures at an affordable price and they also save the EFA considerable postage by mailing under their bulk rate permit.

When Bill Eller- was searching for, a printer, for, the reprinting of the James W. Hook book, he was on the verge of signing a contract with a local printer in Denver when Gerald suggested he might check with the Closson Press. Bill did so and a contract was quickly negotiated and the handsome reprint of the George Michael Eller book was the result.

The Eller Family Association is fortunate to have found dependable and dedicated people like Mary and Bob Closson. Their, services are highly recommended to one and all who are looking for professional printing at affordable prices.

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