|Vol. V NO 2.||THE ELLER FAMILY ASSOCIATION||MAY 1991|
|ORIGIN OF ELLER SURNAME||ii|
|REUNION ANNOUNCEMENT Ruby Eller Harrell||ii|
|QUERY James H. Eller||ii|
|REGISTRATION FORM - CONF' 91 meals)|
|ELLERS IN THE CIVIL WAR Byron Eller||63-82|
|ELLER FAMILIES OF SWITZERLAND Benno Eller||83-87|
|LETTER WITH QUERIES Louise Westfall||88|
|CHARLES HOLBERT ELLER Edith D. Lyles||89-90|
|On the ADAM /3/, LEONARD /2/, GEORGE M. ELLER/I/ LINE|
|GEORGE MICHAEL ELLER'S Will - Hand Copy||106-107|
|MARGARET VIRGINIA ELLER Paul J. Phipps||108-110|
|1900 U.S. Census- Sbundex- (States of GA, - AL, - VA, - PA)||111-123|
|EFA MEMBERSHIP - May 1991||124-126|
|In the News & EFA ASSOCIATION|
Our thanks to Byron Eller for our cover picture and the lead story on CAPT. JESSE FRANKLIN ELLER of Wilkes Co., NC. This is another exellent paper in Byron's series BEHIND ENEMY LINES that is based on original research and presented in a most effective writing style. Byron will present a lecture on Civil War Ellers at Conf. '91. Those who heard him at Conf. '89 know they are in for a special treat.|
We were delighted to hear from Lucile Eller and receive her data on more Ellers of the Leonard/2/, George Michael Eller/I/ line. The last information on this line, supplied by Kathy Schoen, was in our very first issue of the Chronicles (Nov. 1987). We published Kathy's information in an ill- advised format so we are glad to dig out Kathy's Family Group Sheets and republish her data in it's original form along with that supplied by Lucile.
Our thanks to K. Napp-Zinn for making contact with his botanical colleague, Prof. Dr. Benno Eller, who provided the information on Ellers in Switzerland. My first knowledge of the Eller of Canton Uri, Switzerland came from Madeline Fletcher whose list from the LDS library concerned some of the same Eller individuals mentioned in this issue. The similarity in names to those of the 18th century Ellers (Melchoir, Michael, Jacob, and Kaspar) is intriguing to say the least.
Our compilation of Ellers from the 1900 U.S. Census (Soundex) is now virtually complete for all states plus the Indian Territories that still existed at that time. These data reveal much about the history of the U.S. Ellers. For example, records for more than 100 individuals bearing the Eller, Eler, Ellor names show their place of birth was Germany (the majority), Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Russia, England, and Canada. This source reveals that Ellers migrate to the U.S. throughout the 1800's. Their relationships to one another or to earlier immigrant Ellers are largely unknown.
We were pleased to hear from several sources that our compilation in the last issue of NC Ellers from the 1900 census was well-received. We include in this issue the same sort of data for GA and AL - (We believe most of these Eller families, perhaps all, are descendants of the North Carolina Jacob Eller, Jr./2/, Jacob Eller, Sr./l/ line. VA and PA are also included. Data for all states west of the Mississippi will appear in the August issue- which will be devoted entirely to Ellers of the western half of the U.S.
Our apology to all but especially to Clarice Eller Stanley: pp. 34-40 of the Feb. 1991 issue duplicates data already published; the mix-up resulted from the fact that Clarice's material was sent to me by a second party and we failed to note that it duplicated data already published
|....... Gerald & Juanita Eller.|
|A. William Eller, 370 Upham St., Lakewood CO 80226|
Conf.'91: OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE'; Be sure to send me your Questionnaires and the Registration Forms to the Holiday Inn. (theseforms appeared in the February 1991 issue of the Chronicles. These are coming in very slowly and your importantto out- planning process. (Simply remove the forms from this issue, fill out and mail to me).|
A NEW FORM appears on p. iv; this pertains to meals for which advance reservations are requested. SNIP OFF THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE and return to me with your check no later than June 15, 1991. You need only pay for the meals that you intend to partake. However, you must let your wishes be known.
All plans are go for the gathering at Estes Park, July 18-20, 1991. Get ready for a few surprises, for many new faces, not only new to the EFA but "old" members who were unable to attend Conf. '89 in Salisbury. PLEASE LET ME KNOW THE SUBJECT OF ANY PRESENTATION YOU WISH TO MAKE AND THE APPROXIMATE TIME NEEDED. Persons making formal presentations are asked to make about 50 xerox copies of their talk available if possible. There will be opportunities for open informal discussions, comments and suggestions.
Dr. Klaus Napp-Zinn of Cologne, Germany is still planning to attend Conf. '91. We regret that Dr. Rose Eller of Austria has decided she cannot attend. We are indebted to Klaus for sharing in this issue the letter on THE ELLER FAMILIES of SWITZERLAND from Benno Eller.
A word about Hook's 1925 book: "James Hook and Virgnia Eller": This is a gentle warning that this book is a good reference book only. The section on the Ellers is quite obsolete. The 1957 book, "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America", corrected many errors and basic concepts found in the 1925 book. Since the 1990 reprint is an exact reproduction of the 1957 book, it also contains some residual errors and omits much genealogical data. Volume II, which is projected for future publication, will provide corrections to the 1957' book and include new genealogical data. The latter is expected to be supplied in large measure by the descendants of the George Michael Eller line.
The compilers of the projected book on the Jacob Eller line will bring us up to date on that project at Conf.'91. In the meantime, we hope to hear the latest on the status of other books on the Eller lines, either in preparation or under consideration.
There is not much new to report since the last two issues of the Chronicles but I do request that you include in your prayers the two following EFA member families: C. Myrrel Baldwin whose wife Bessie is recovering from hip and knee problems and Byron Eller whose wife, Dorothy, is seriously ill with cancer.
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE ELLER SURNAME?
|New information on this question continue to appear-; some was published in past issues of the Chronicles. The following comes from A DICTIONARY OF SURNAMES, by Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges, Oxford University Press, 1988:|
"Cogns. (of 2): Pol.: Olszewski. Jewish (Ashkenazie, ornamental): ERLKBAUM (with Ger. Baum tree)."
A REUNION of the family of the late JAMES RICHARD ELLER will be June 9, 1991 at Boiling Springs Church, Purlear, North Carolina. Starts at 12:00 Noon. Contact:
RUBY ELLER HARRELL, Rt. 3, Box 665, Ridgeway VA 24148
James H. Eller: 924 Leatherleaf Loop; Wasilla, Alaska 99687
Seeking info on: (father) James Bruce Eller, b. Jan 31a, 1913; Gr. Father: James Eller, b. Nov 11, 1866 Hopewell, PA; d. June 19, 1948, Amboy, IL.; m. Ida (Sturtz), b. J:une 5, 1969 Hyndman, PA, d. Dec. 27 1943, Amboy, IL. If you know of this family or have information on the grandfather, please contact James H. Eller at the above address.
|This page is a reservation form for the 1991 Eller Conference at Estes Park Colorado.|
I didn't transcribe it here. ( It is about ten years too late now anyway ) [ADE]