Eller Chronicles Feb 93 p- 1

The Eller Chronicles


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of Rowan Co., NC and Some of Her Descendants

Ruth E. Goodman, 112 N. Brookwood Ave., Rockingham, NC 28379

1. CasperA Eller, d. 1753-1756; no evidence that he came to America.

First American Generation

2. Jacob1 Eller, Sr., m.(lst) 11 Dec. 1773 1753 [JEP], Montgomery Co., PA, Maria Eva Goettge; in Rowan Co., NC by 3 1 Dec. 176 1.

See Janine Eller Porter's letter and documentation in the next issue, showing why she believes that EVE Eller was the daughter of Jacob Eller's second wife, Barbary.

Second Generation

3. Eve2 Eller, b. ca. 1775 (m) David Crotzer on 6-2-1795- Bondsmen John Michael Eller. David was son of John George and Eve Smith Adams Crotzer. His mother was m. (1 st) to John Adams. The Crotzers and Smiths lived on branches of the Yadkin River.

Children of Eve Eller and David Crotzer:

+ 4 i. George Crotzer, b. 1805;
5 ii. Daniel Crotzer.
6 iii. John Crotzer.
7 iv. Margaret Crotzer.
8 v. David Crotzer, Jr.
9 vi. Milly Crotzer.

Third Generation

4. George3 Crotzer, b. 1805; m. 16 Sept. 1928 Sarah (Sally) Bame, b. 18 1 0. George Crotzer was a blacksmith by trade. He and Sally Bame Crotzer were said to have gone to Iowa, however, the year is not known.

Children of George Crotzer and Sarah Bame:

10 i. Margaret Crotzer.
+ 11 ii. Rosa Maria Crotzer, m. 22 Nov. 1852, Tobias Goodman
12 iii. Catherine, Crotzer, b. 1834.
13 iv. David Crotzer, b. 1838.
14 v. Caleb Crotzer, b. 1841
15 vi. Eva S. Crotzer, b. 1848
16 vii. Joseph Crotzer, b. 1848

Fourth Generation

11. Rosa4 Maria Crotzer, b. 183 1, d. 27 Sept. 1905; m. 22 Nov. 1852, Tobias Goodman, b. 1821, d. 20 Oct. 1863, son of George and Elizabeth Hill Goodman. Tobias m.(1st) 14 Mar. 1842, Anna Kepley. 3 children. Tobias died of an unknown illness while in service. He was in Co. D, 10th Regiment, N.C. St. 1st. Regiment N.C. Artillery. His estate was divided on 19 Nov. 1880 (17 yrs. after his death, when his son, Henry L. became of age; division included all except George, who being the oldest may have already received his share and Rosa Clementine who was deceased (her children received her share. Rosa Maria m. 8 Sep. 1867, Ebenezer Lentz, age 17, son of Tobias and Lydia Hill Lentz. Rosa was 35 years of age. No record of any children. The marriage may have been annulled. Rosa and Wiley Earnhardt Sr. had a son born 21 April 1869. The son, named Wiley Earnhardt Jr., was reared and educated by Professor Hodge at Clemmons, N.C. Wiley Jr. taught school for many years at Parks School near Shuping Mill. In 1886 or 1888 (hard to read), Rosa m. Jacob Holshouser. She and Jacob and her son Wiley Jr. are buried in Rock Grove Church Cemetery.

Children of Rosa Maria Crotzer and Tobias Goodman:

17 i. Sarah Catherine Goodman, b. 1856; m.(1st) James Miller; m.(2nd) 25 April 1882, Joseph Braddy.
18 ii. Paul Monroe Goodman, b. 1859; m. 24 Dec. 1887, Fannie M. Cauble of Salisbury, N.C., b. 1870. He lived in Asheville, N.C. where they were married.
+ 19 iii. Henry Love Goodman, b. 6 May 1862; d. 12 July 1920; m. 23 Aug. 1883, Mary Laura Julia Hoishouser, b. 9 July 1866; d. 25 Jan. 1935.
Children of Rosa Maria Crotzer and Anna Kepley:

20 i. George A. Goodman; m. (I st) 27 July 1870, Leah May, daughter of Anna and Lucinda May. (note: both parents have femine names, is this an error?). No children. m. (2nd) 12 Dec. 1872, Martha May, daughter of Jesse and Annie May
21 ii. Rachel Elizabeth Goodman, b. 6 Sep. 1848; d. 12 Jan. 1882, buried at Liberty Methodist Church in Liberty Twp; m. 15 Oct. 1867, Joseph Braddy.

Fifth Generation

19. Henry5 Love Goodman, b. 6 May 1862; d. 12 July 1920; m. 23 Aug. 1883, Mary Laura Julia Holshouser, b. 9 July 1866; d. 25 Jan. 1935. Henry Love Goodman and Mary Laura Julia Holshouser Goodman are laid to rest in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery, a few miles from Salisbury, N.C. She was the daughter of Miles Monroe and Dela Troutman Holshouser, and is a descendant of the immigrant Casper Holshouser. This set of Goodmans are descendants of the immigrant Michael Goodman. Henry and Mary moved into a log house off the old Concord road. Later they built what is now known as the old Home Place on Concord road. It is said that Mary drove a team of horses with a wagon loaded with grain and other supplies over a hard frozen ground, while holding a baby on her lap less than a year old. After Henry's death Mary lived with her daughter Beulah Goodman Kuttz, and later stayed with her children.

Children of Henry Love Goodman and Mary Laura Julia Holshouser :

+ 22 i. George Monroe Goodman, b. 19 Aug. 1887; d. 17 July 1953; m. 28 Aug. 1910, Mae Elizabeth McCombs, b. 5 Mar. 1892; d. 6 Aug. 1967; buried Kannapolis, N.C.
23 ii. Roxanna Goodman, b. ca. 1889; m. Philip Shuffler; they are buried in China Grove, N.C.
24 iii. Samuel Goodman, b. 26 Feb. 1891; d. I March 1965; m. Mary Catherine "Caty" Fesperman, b. 10 Aug. 1890; d. 27 Oct. 1976; buried at St. Paul's Church, Rowan Co., N.C.
25 iv. William T. Goodman, b. 29 April 1892; d. 29 Dec. 1969; m. Ida Roseman, b. 24 Mar. 1903.
26 v. Lee Goodman, b. 3 Feb. 1895; d. 27 Aug. 1952; m. Leona Honbarger, b., 27 July 1901.
27 vi. Bryant Goodman, b. 21 Jan. 1901; m. Mamie Pless, b. 17 Nov. 1903, d. 23 July 1980.
28 vii. Oma Goodman, b. _19_; m. Carlyle Curry; moved to Texas.
29 viii. Enock Goodman, b. _19_; m. Nellie Morgan.
30 ix. Beulah Goodman, b._19_; m. William Kluttz; buried St. Paul's Lutheran,, Rown Co., N.C.
31 x. Josephine Goodman, died 6 months after her marriage.
32 xi. Pearl Goodman, died young.

Sixth Generation

22. George6 Monroe Goodman, b. 19 Aug. 1887; d. 17 July 1953; m. 28 Aug. 1910, Mae Elizabeth McCombs, b. 5 Mar. 1892; d. 6 Aug. 1967; buried Kannapolis, NC, son of Henry Love Goodman and Mary Laura Julia Holshouser.

Children of George Monroe Goodman and Mae Elizabeth McCombs:

32 i. Laia Marie Goodman, b. 4 July 191 1; m.(1st) Zeb Burris; m.(2) Lonnie Karriker, b. I Aug. 1917; d. 24 March 1980.
33 ii. Charles Boyden Goodman, b. 6 Oct. 1913; d. 8 Dec. 1978; m. Vergie Miller, b. 11 Aug. 1919.
34 iii. J.W. Goodman, b. 16 Nov. 1915; d. 10 July 1917.
35 iv. Zelda Louise Goodman, b. 23 Dec. 1917; d. 14 May 1977; m. Junior Cook.
+ 36 v. Henry Ray Goodman, b. 4 Sept. 1920; m. 21 June 1940, Ruth Earnhardt, b. 13 Nov. 1919.
37 vi. Fred Monroe Goodman, b. 15 Nov. 1922; m. Lue Emmar Cleary, b. 23 Sept. 1921; d. 23 Feb. 1972.
38 vii. Frankie Eugene Goodman, b. 4 Aug. 1926; d. 22 July 1929.
39 viii. Mary Katherine Goodman, b. 4 Mar. 1924; m. John Simmons, b. 24 Jul. 1930.
40 ix. Dorothy Elizabeth Goodman, b. 2 Aug. 1928; m. Ray Van Stegall, b. 2 Mar. 1930.
41 x. Clarence Elmer Goodman, b. 30 June 1933; m. Geraldine Goodall, b. 30 Mar. 1934.
42 xi. John Reid Goodman, b. 15 Nov. 1935; m. Betty Patterson, b. 26 July 1934.

Seventh Generation

36. Henry7 Ray Goodman, b. 4 Sept. 1920- m. 21 June 1940, Ruth Earnhardt, b. 13 Nov. 1919. Henry was raised on a farm. Schools he attended were in Landis, N.C. and Enocksville, N.C. His first employment was with the Canon Textile Plant in Kannapolis , N.C. in the late thirties and early forties. He was an Inspector of Cloth at the time he quit this plant, and began work as a Machinest helper with the Southern Railroad in Spencer, N.C. Several years later he served a Machinist Apprenticeship. He was employed for ten years by the Southern Railway before moving from Salisbury, N.C. to Rockingham, N.C. in 1956. He was then employed as a Machinest by the Seaboard Railroad for another ten years. Due to back problems he moved to Charlotte, N.C. in 1967 and began work at Asphalt Construction Company. The name of this company was changed many times, and when Henry retired in September, 1982, it was known as Crowder Construction Company. While employed by this company he was maintenance Mechanic of Heavy Machinery. He lived in Charlotte for sixteen years, and at his retirement, moved back to Rockingham, N.C. Ruth was the daughter of Walter and Cora Holshouser Earnhardt of Salisbury, N.C. Henry and Ruth were the parents of two sons, Larry Ray and Alan Carr. As a member of the First United Church of Christ, Henry has been Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Men of the Church. He was the first man in the church to hold the President's job for a second term. Henry also worked at manual labor on the Educational Building of the for a New Church in 1954, and was Assistant Scout Master of Boys Scout Troop # 445. As a member of Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Rockingham, N.C. he served as a Deacon, on the Property Committee, and taught the Men's Bible Class. On returning to Rockingham, N.C., and as a present member of the Cameronian Presbyterian Church, he has been on the Property and Grounds Committee, Search Connate, Session, Vice-President and President of the Men of the Church. Henry also helped with the Crafts in Bible School and Chairman of the Maintenance Committee, and Assistant Teacher of the Men's Class. At present he is on the Session. He has a 16 x 20 Workshop in which he spends many hours as well as staying busy with Family Research.

Children of Henry Ray Goodman and Ruth Earnhardt:

43 i. Larry Ray Goodman, b. 7 Dec. 1942 (one year after the Pearl Harbor attack) in Salisbury, N.C. where he attended Salisbury City Schools. He also attended schools in Granite Quarry, N.C. and Rockingham, N.C., graduating from Rockingham High School in 1961. After a year at N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C., he entered the Air Force in 1962, taking his training in Lackland, TX and Kessler, MS before being sent to Pakistan as a Communications Operator. He was honorably discharged in 1966 as an Airman 1st Class. Larry was employed by the American Credit Corporation as a Computer Room Supervisor and later as a Programmer in Charlotte, N.C. in 1973 he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. His first employment there was in the Howard Hughes Bank. Later he completed a course in Burroughs Item Processing System from the Burroughs Corporation. He was an Analyst Consultant for Computer Programmers at the time of his death. Larry liked tennis, card games, bowling, and anything that challenged his physical and mental skills. He won a 15 in. Bowling Trophy in an Officers Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. One year he was voted "Mr. Personality" of the School Room Class. Larry died on October 17, 1986 and is buried in the Salisbury, N.C. City cemetery. He remained single.
+ 44 ii. Alan Carr Goodman, b. 21 Jan. 1947.

Eighth Generation

44. Alan8 Carr Goodman, b. 21 Jan. 1947- m.(1st) 6 Aug. 1972, Mary Katherine "Kathy" Pate, b. 21 May 1953 (div. 1979); M.(2nd) SuHon Chin. Alan attended schools in Salisbury N.C. and Rockingham, N.C., having graduated from Rockingham High in 1967. He was employed by United Funds and as a Theatre Projectionist, before entering the U.S. Army in 1968. He trained at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and at Ft. Gordon, GA, before being sent to Vietnam in 1969, as a Communications Operator, near the DMZ. He was honorably discharged in 1070 as a Sp./5. Alan then attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. On moving to /Rockingham, he attended and graduated from Richmond Technical Institute in 1974. He was a Computer Operator for Quinn Wholesale in Warsaw, N.C., and later was employed by Guilford Mills Incorporated. Still later he was employed by Burlington Industries in Rockingham, N.C. Alan plays piano and the guitar and has entered State Championship Chess Tournaments. where he won two Chess Trophies. He is presently employed by Alpha Plastics, a division of Georgia Pacific. Alan is a past Master Mason. Alan and Su have one daughter and they are now separated at present; Su and daughter are living in Fayetteville, N.C. at this writing.
Children of Alan Carr Goodman and SuHon Chin Berry:

45 i. Sarah9 Jong Goodman, b. 28 April 1980. She is now 12 years old, and is an AG Student in Westover, Jr. High School in Fayetteville, N.C. Her talents among others are art and music. She loves flowers especially Red Roses, and Animals, especially horses.

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(Eds. We thank Ruth Goodman for this important bit of genealogy. This is the first genealogy published in the Chronicles for descendants of a daughter of immigrant Jacob Eller, Sr. Interested readers may wish to review the following stories from past issues of the Chronicles: Vol. III: 3: 49-58- noting especially the text of Jacob Eller's will p. 56 and the children assigned to Jacob's two wives on p. 57 and 58. Ruth believes that Eve Eller was the daughter of Jacob Eller's second wife, referred to in the will only as Barbary, and sets forth her arguments for her interpretation below; other researchers with different views on this matter are invited to send us their interpretation. One thing is certain: If Jacob Eller wrote his will to confuse future generations he surely succeeded.

9 Sept. 1992: I do not believe that Eve was a child of Jacob's first wife Mary Eva Gottgen (Ketchey). My reason is that seldom was a girl named for her mother. It was customary then for the husband and 2nd wife to name one of their daughters for the first wife. I have found it that way in others of my ancestry. Some still do not believe this. This may have been Barbary's second marriage. I do not believe Barbara was an Arey as some suggest. Also, I believe Elizabeth to be a daughter of Barbary. Records show that after Jacob Eller's death Elizabeth was the youngest of the three of his children who needed guardians. We know by Jacob's will that the 2 youngest children belonged to Barbary. Court records (Feb. 1785) show Frederick, 18 1/2 yrs. of age, and Elizabeth 12 years of age bound to Abraham Eary until ages 20 and 18 yrs. respectively. Jacob's will, probated 1782, made Elizabeth 9 years of age and Fedcrick 15 1/2 yrs. of age at their father's death. Frederick and Elizabeth, the two younger children of Jacob's will would have been born ca. 1767 and ca. 1773 respectively. Eve, mentioned in her father's will and estimated to be about 20 when she married David Crotzer making her date of birth ca. 1775, and making her a daughter of Barbary, Jacob's 2nd wife, rather than a daughter of Maria Eva Gottge his 1st wife. Are there the reasons for believing differently.


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Eller Chronicles Vol. VII (1) Feb. 1993

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A photo of Henry R. and Ruth E Goodman's 50th wedding anniversary and one of Sara J Goodman, age 5 yrs omitted, I could not recognize anything on the photocopy.

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