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Jacob Eller

Male 1776 - 1855  (~ 79 years)


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  • Name Jacob Eller 
    Born Mar 1776  Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Nov 1855  Clifton, Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Eller Cemetery, Warrensville, Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1375  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2015 

    Father Peter Eller,   b. Abt 1746, of, Rowan, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 29 Jul 1799, , Wilkes (now Ashe), North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Mother Maria Elizabeth Dick,   b. 14 Dec 1746, Altrip, Rhein-Pfaltz-Kreis, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1841, of, Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 94 years) 
    Married Abt 1768  of, Frederick, Maryland, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F576  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine White,   b. Abt 1780, of, , North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1854, Clifton, Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married Bef 1804  of, Ashe, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F808  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Censuses:
      1810 US: Ashe County, North Carolina; I include several related families in my database for this time and place. Some notes:
      a. One of the two William Penningtons is married to an Eller - I assume it is the one with a younger wife.
      b. One of the two Christian Burketts is probably the parent of Barbara and Mary who married Graybeal brothers.
      c. James Lewis married Christina Graybill.
      d. The older Peter Graybill would be John Peter and Christina Wampler Graybill. The other Peter and Henry would be their sons.
      e. Adam Wilker could be Adam Welker, father of James Welker who later marries Elizabeth Stoker.
      f. Surprisingly there is no Michael Stoker who should be there unless in adjoining county.
      g. One of the two George Koons should be the George Koons of this database.
      h. Not sure why two J. Ellers unless the transcriber inadvertently named the "J." as both Jacob when in fact the older one is John. Peter Eller would be a brother.
      i. The older Peter Graybill would be John Peter Graybill, father of the other two Graybills: Henry and Peter [Jr.].
      Head of Family; Males 0-9, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; Females - 0-9, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+; Slaves:
      Pennington, W. (William); 1-0-1-0-0; 2-0-1-0-0
      Bourket C. (Christian); 2-2-2-0-1; 5-1-1-1-0
      Wilker, A. (Adam); 0-1-2-0-1; 0-1-0-0-1
      Graybill, H. (Henry); 3-0-0-1-0; 2-0-1-0-0
      Lewis, J. (James); 1-0-1-0-0; 1-0-1-0-0
      Graybill, P. (Peter); 0-1-0-1-0; 0-1-0-0-1
      Graybeal, P. (Peter); 1-0-1-0-0; 1-0-1-0-0
      Graybill, H.; 2-0-1-0-0; 3-0-0-1-0
      Koons, G. (George); 2-0-0-1-0; 2-0-0-1-0
      Pennington, W. (Wm); 2-0-1-0-0; 2-0-0-0-1
      Eller, P. (Peter); 3-0-0-1-0; 2-0-0-1-0
      Eller, J. (Jacob); 2-3-1-0-0; 2-0-0-1-0
      Burket, C. (Christian); 4-1-0-0-1; 0-1-0-0-1
      Koontz, G. (George); 1-0-0-1-0; 2-0-1-0-1; 3
      Eller, J. (Jacob[John?]); 2-0-0-1-0; 1-0-1-0-0

      1815: The following names are rom the website http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/ashe/vitals/1815tax.txt accessed 20 Dec 2008: "Ashe Co., NC, 1815 Tax List" (The oldest surviving Ashe Co. tax list. The original is in the NC Archives in Raleigh.)
      Every Name Index Alphabetized by Sandra Lake Lassen, October 1996 1499 Lakeside Drive, West Jefferson, NC 28694 slassen@infoave.net. Page numbers coincide with typed, unalphabetized version by Mrs. W. O Absher & Mrs. W. C. Sidden (undated) donated to the Ashe Co. Public Library."
      I mark my ancestors and their siblings with an asterisk (*). It is apparent that many had migrated to Ohio by the time this tax list was made in 1815. Noticeably absent are the Stokers and many of the Graybills. Other names are surnames in the area of other related families:
      Burkett, John 16
      Eller, Henry* 5
      Eller, Jacob* 4
      Eller, Peter* 10
      Faw, Jacob 16
      Graybeal (Graybel), David* 4
      Graybeal, Eli 4
      Graybeal, Henry* 2
      Graybeal, Peter* 16
      Henson, Nancy 2
      Koons, Devault 3
      Koons, Gaspar 2
      Koons, George* 3
      Koons, John 3
      Koonts, Geo.* 17
      Kounts, Mary* 17
      Penington, Aaron 10
      Penington, Ephrom 9
      Penington, Levi 5, 9
      Penington, William 10
      Pennington, Micajah 1
      Welker, David 2

      1820 US: Ashe County, North Carolina, 19 pages as the follow related families:
      Henry Eller, 1,0,0,1,0,0//2,0,0,1,0,0,1.
      Jacob Eller, 2,1,0,0,1,0//4,1,0,1,0,0,1.
      David Graybeal, 3,0,0,1,0,0//0,0,1,0,0,0,1.
      Henry Graybeal, 3[or 5],1,0,0,1,0//2,2,0,1,0,0,1.
      Peter Graybeal, 3,1,0,0,1,0//2,0,1,0,0,0,0,
      George Koons, 1,1,0,0,1,0//2,2,1,0,1,0,1.
      No Hensons.
      No William Penningtons.
      No Stokers.
      No apparent Shaws - an area with possible Shaws is very light copy and hard to read; the two that could be Shaws [or something else] look like first names Nathan and Gabriel as heads of households.

      1850 US: Ashe County, North Carolina, p. 321a, 15 Nov 1850, dwelling 1208 (several younger Eller families in close proximity):
      Jacob Ellar, 66, farmer, NC.
      Catherine, 61, NC.
      David, 23, farmer, NC.
      Caroline Poe, 11, NC.

      2. Per website <http://www.ls.net/~newriver/nc/ashegrnt.htm>: Ashe County, North Carolina Land Grants 1799-1936, filed in NC Secretary of State Land Office from NC Department of Archives Index. [To obtain copies from NC Dept. of Archives see http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/archives/arch/default.htm#Topics]. The following is by NC Dept. of Archives reference file number, name, then dates [no other explanation given except that first date may be when the transaction occurred and the second date could be when registered]:
      12.14.28.568 - 568 - Peter Eller - 1802 - 1805
      12.14.28.846 - 846 - Peter Eller - 1809 - 1811
      12.14.28.951 - 951 - Henry Eller - 1812 - 1813
      312.14.28.3723 - 3709 - Peter Eller - 1849 - 1850
      312.14.28.3727 - 3713 - Herry Eller - 1849 - 1850
      412.14.28.4334 - 4367 - J Eller - 1852 - 1853
      412.14.28.4397 - 4430 - Jacob Eller - 1851 - 1854
      412.14.28.4680 - 4713 - Peter Eller - 1853 - 1855

      3. Per website http://www.ls.net/~newriver/nc/ashe1815.htm: "Ashe County, North Carolina - 1815 Tax List." Ashe County, North Carolina was formed in 1799 from Wilkes County. From 1799 until 1859, Ashe County included the most of the land now included in Alleghany and Watauga Counties, and part of what is now Avery County, North Carolina. In 1815, Ashe County was bounded by Carter County, Tennessee on the west, Grayson County, Virginia on the north, by Surry and Wilkes Counties on the east and Burke County, North Carolina on the South. This list was abstracted and totals were combined for brevity for individuals with multiple tracts of land. I abstracted this document years ago and omitted portions that I wish I hadn't now. Don't take it as absolutely accurate. Five categories are given: Name, number of acres of land, valuation in dollars, polls, and local situation or name of neighbors. I added the number of tracts of land in the consolidation process." [He did not get the parts of Ashe County that is now part of Alleghany and Watauga Counties. Also no Stokers found.]:
      Henson, Nancy 100, 50, -, Long Branch, 1 [Nancy Mary Graybill?]
      Graybeal, Henry 200, 255, 1, Laurel Fork, 3
      Koons, Gasper 150, 150, 1, Charles Francis, 1
      Koons, George 205, 200, 1, North Fork, 1
      Koons, John 90, 130, 1, North Fork, 1
      Koons, Devault 150, 200, 1, North Fork, 1
      Graybeal, David 350, 212, 1, Old Field Creek, 2
      Eller, Jacob 300, 200, 1, Horse Creek, 2
      Eller, Henry 250, 200, 1, M. Carpenter, 1
      Eller, Peter 215, 320, 1, 1
      Pennington, William 103, 150, 1, 1
      Burket, Chris. 1260, 1800, 1, Buffalo [Father of the two Burkett girls who md. Graybills.]
      Judd, John 196, 250, -, Pine Swamp [Father of Margaret Judd?]
      Koonts, Mary 340, 600, 3, S.F. New River [Mary Eller?]
      Koonts, Geo. 250, 150, 1, Pond Mountain

      4. FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 17-31, clarifies early North Carolina counties and land grant practices:
      "Land grants in North Carolina originated with an entry application which was filed in the county where the land was situated and if not lost are now on file there. This was followed, sometimes soon and sometimes years later by an order from the land office for the tract to be surveyed. Sometimes soon and sometimes years later the survey was made and a surveyor's plat filed with the Secretary of State in Raleigh. Then came the grant which may have been issued reasonably near the date of the survey or sometimes several years later. These grants, orders to survey and the survey itself are on file now in the Secretary of State's office at Raleigh...
      Many counties were formed from what originally was Rowan County, namely Surry and Guilford in 1770, Burke and Wilkes in 1777, Randolph in 1779, Iridell in 1788, Stokes in 1789, Buncomb in 1791, Ashe in1799, Davidson in 1822, Yancey in 1833, Davie in 1836 and Yadkin in 1850. Some of these counties were grandchildren of Rowan County; for instance Wilkes was taken partly from Burke and partly from Surry, Randolph from Guilford, Buncomb and Yancy form Burke, Ashe from Wilkes and Stokes and Yadkin from Surry. These facts must be kept in mind when tracing early Rowan County families."

      5. FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 17-31, in speaking about Peter Eller Sr.'s [b. abt. 1746, d. 1799] estate settlement, the following quotes refer to family members involved with the settlement. Note that sons-in-law William Pennington (wife Barbara or Elizabeth Eller?) and George Koons (Mary's husband) do not show up at the estate sale of 1799 but do show up from 1809 to 1817 when the inherited land of Peter Eller is sold. Of the younger sons, Henry and Jacob appear in the later land heirship land deeds, but they would have been only minors at the estate sale of 1799. George, the youngest son, never shows up which may be indicative of an early death. The older sons- John and Peter - and the eldest daughter - Catherine Eller Stoker thru her husband Michael - show up in both 1799 and the later land deeds. Elizabeth Eller Jr., the unmarried dau. shows up only in the 1799 purchaser list buying household items as if she were preparing for an imminent marriage (see her notes for more detail on her purchases). The open-ended question of who married Elizabeth and who married Barbara is not resolved by these documents except the assurance that William Pennington was definitely a husband of one of them. There is no Bumgardner listed in the later heirship deeds but there are two listed early in the estate purchasers - Michael and Leonard - but if Elizabeth really married a Bumgardner and had a son Simeon in 1807, why is there no listing of a Bumgardner on the heirship deeds. The various quotes are as follows:
      "Peter Eller died before 29 July 1799 as evidenced by an entry in an old court record book found by this writer in the courthouse at Wilkesboro, Wilkes Co., NC in October 1954. It reads as follows: 'Betsey Eller and John Eller having made application for Administration on the estate of Peter Eller gave Bowers and John Koons for security who were bound in the sum of 800 pounds and qualified as the law directs.'
      Betsey Eller doubtless was Peter's widow and John his eldest son. The time was 1799 when Ashe County was being set off from Wilkes and the year just preceding the one in which the first federal census of Ashe Co. was taken...
      Three deeds in the courthouse at Jefferson, Ashe Co., NC record settlement actions on the property of Peter Eller deceased. In brief they are:
      1. Deed Book M, p. 163, dated 7 July 1809 shows Peter Eller, Jacob Eller, George Koontz and William Pennington of the county of Ashe in the state of NC, heirs of Peter Eller, deceased, selling to Leonard Fantz 200 acres of land in Ashe Co. the same apparently being the tract Andrew Baker had deeded to Peter Eller 3 Aug 1789. The deed was signed by all the said heirs except William Pennington. Why Pennington did not sign is not clear.
      2. Deed Book F, p. 414, dated 17 Sep 1816, shows John Eller, Peter Eller, Jacob Eller, Henry Eller, Michael Stocker (Stoker), George Koontz and William Pennington all of the County of Ashe in the State of NC, heirs of Peter Eller deceased, selling Luke White Sr. 122 acres of land located on the south fork of New River at the mouth of Rones Creek etc. This deed was signed by all the said heirs named as party of the first part in the deed except George Koontz. Why George Koontz did not sign is not clear.
      3. Deed Book F, p. 83, dated 11 Feb 1817 shows John Eller, J.A. (Jacob) Eller, Henry Eller, Michael Stocker (Stoker), George Koontz and William Pennington all of the county of Ashe in the state of N.C., heirs of Peter Eller, deceased, selling to Frederick Black, 25 acres of land on the south fork of New River the land being that warranted to Peter Eller, 3 May 1793 and granted to him 27 Dec 1797. All of these heirs signed the deed.
      This writer believes that other heirship deeds exist probably of earlier dates and, if found, would show a Bumgardner heir. The above three deeds distributed only 347 acres of Peter Eller's estate when it appears that it consisted at his death of at least 470 acres. The Bumgardner connection is suggested in an ancient family Bible in which the birth dates of seven children of John Eller, eldest son of Peter and Elizabeth (Dick) Eller was recorded. Another birth entry in this old Bible is that of Simeon Bumgardner, born 8 Jan 1807. This child probably was a son of a daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Dick) Eller who had marred a Bumgardner, probably James Bumgardner.
      The old Bible was printed in the German language at Halle, Germany in 1770 and is now in the possession of Mr. Wade E. Eller of Warrensville, Ashe Co., NC. It may be the Bible which George Michael Eller willed to his son Jacob because on page 17 is written 'Jacob Eller his Bible.' On page 15 of the vorrede or preface is also written 'The Holy Bible Peter Eller.' The only information of genealogical value in the Bible are the dates of birth of all but the youngest child, Mary, of John and Susannah (Kerns) Eller… and of Simeon Bumgarner above mentioned.
      The personal estate of Peter Eller was sold and an accounting reported to the Nov. 1799 court of Wilkes Co., NC by John Eller, Adr. The property, 111 individual sales, consisted of household utensils and furniture, farm yard tools and accessories, including one tomahawk, ten sheep, fifteen head of cattle, among which were a yoke of yearlings and one yearling bull, hogs, geese, bee hives, etc. The widow took a good deal of the furniture and household accessories including interestingly enough a trumpet which indicates that the early Ellers possessed musical interest. Other items taken by her were one lot of books, a chest, five head of hogs, four cows, one mare colt, two sheep, oven, hammer and anvil, and a pair of saddle bags. Other purchasers were John Eller, Peter Eller, Elizabeth Eller Jr., Michael Stucker (Stoker), Michael Bumgardner, Leonard Bumgardner, John Dick, Leonard Pfouts, Jacob Huntsinger, Daniel Dickson, James Dickson, James Cash, William Cash, Henry Michael Sr., Henry Michael Jr., Daniel Michael, Thomas Baker, Alexander Smith who purchased the tomahawk and some of the farm animals and other items, David Smith, Frederick Younce, Christian Shear, Abraham Shear, Coonrod Coldiron, David Ingram, Balsar Raime, Conrat Grub, William Colward, George Miller, John Calloway, Allen Nowlin, John Holman and John Tirey. The amount of the sale, including the items taken by the widow totaled 300 pounds, 18 shillings, 7 pence. (Will Book 1, pp. 540-41, Wilkes Co., NC.)"

      6. Website http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/ashe/deeds/deedsabs.txt accessed 14 Dec 2008:
      "Ashe County, NC - Deeds - Abstracts of selected deeds." This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by Kyle R. Graybeal krgrebiel@verizon.net, 37 Spring Lake Drive, Stafford, VA 22554. Revised 9 October 2001. This file contains abstracts of selected deeds from Ashe County, North Carolina Land records, mostly involving Graybeal family members. The information contained herein does not constitute the sum total of deeds in the Ashe County records involving Graybeal individuals. There are a few incomplete fields in some records especially in acreage, land description & witness names. This means that I have not copied them, not that the information is missing from the court records. The file now includes more deeds and has been corrected for errors dealing with land grants appearing in the original file. In the original file, the entry date and the date the deed was signed were reversed. This new file corrects that problem.
      Information sorted in date order, which is yyyy-mm-dd. Grantee & Grantor names are [last], [first]. Witness names are [first], [last]. NFNR = North Fork of New River. Mn and Vn means Deed Books M new and V new respectively. Information in [ ] inserted by me and correct to the best of my knowledge. Information in ( ) added for clarification. Price paid, proven date, and registered date not included to save space. I have this information on most deeds in case it is desired. Some compass directions are indicated by N, S, etc., rather spelled out. Deeds for state grants did not require have witnesses' signatures. The indication that a particular person signed with an "x" is not consistent from record to record in this transcription. {Kerry's note: I have refined the list so as to cut it off after whom I think may be the first generation after John Peter Graybill and Christina Wampler; see that more complete list with John Peter Graybill - this partial list are for those only including the name of Eller}:
      State (NC) TO: Graybeal, David 50 a., Grant: 0782, Ent: 1811-02-01; Signed: 1811-02-01; On Horse Ck/S 110, E 72, Jacob Eller's Line, N 110, 1st Station. Book: Mn, 295; Witness: Peter Graybeal, Henry Eller.

      7. Jacob and Catherine White Eller had several children including Luke Eller. A descendant of Luke is Ken Jackson. As of Sep 2009, his contact information at his office is 1200 Lake Washington Circle, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, 770-513-9573 - Direct; 770-865-4298 - Cell; . Ken has letters written by Luke Eller's cousin John Pennington to himself in 1858 and 1860. He also has Luke Eller's family bible which include several entries about his birth and those of his children. He has other correspondence as early as 1825 and later including letters from Hansford and Aswell Eller home during the Civil War era. The line is tangential to mine and so I do not include transcriptions of any of the above.

      8. Per website http://www.ls.net/~newriver/nc/asheslv.htm, which is a decade by decade census derived tabulation of slave holders in Ashe County from 1800 to 1860 and after a full PAF database for all individuals associated with Wilkes/Ashe county, no slave owners were found for families with the surnames Pennington, Henson, Hodson, Koons, Stoker, White, McDaniels, Kerns, Judd, nor Shaw. Slaveholders that were found:
      Burkett, Christian (father of Burkett daughters who married Graybeals): 1850 -6; 1860 - yes.
      Eller, Jacob: 1830 - 1
      Graybeal, David: 1860 - 3
      Graybeal, John: 1860 - 5 [Note this John Graybeal is too young to be a brother to David or Peter.]
      Graybeal, Peter: 1800 - yes; 1830 - 2

      9. It appears from a full search of Ashe County, NC in the 1850 census, only Jacob Eller, David Graybeal, and Peter Graybeal are of the original pre-1800 Ellers, Graybills, Koons, and Stokers. Many descendants with these surnames were found except for Stokers.

      10. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, p. 89:
      "Peter was the first son of George Michael Eller. Because there were a number of years between Peter's birth and the others, the question arises if he might not be a child of a first marriage. He grew up in North Carolina and married Elizabeth Dick in 1766. His land grant was close to other Ellers, beginning at the spruce pine on the Upper Ford on Rones Creek. In 1797 he bought the 70 acres which had been granted to his father-in-law, Conrad Dick. This land had been surveyed and chain carriers were listed as Michael Stoker and John Eller, neighbors. Peter had 470 acres at his death... There oldest daughter, Catherine, married Michael Stoker and their youngest daughter, Mary, married George Koons and their great granddaughter, Betty Oman married Orson Hyde Stoker. Children:
      a. John, b. 1767 or 1769; d. 1823; m. Susanna Kerns.
      b. Catherine, b. 6 Mar 1773 at Rowan Co., NC; d. 1850 at Council Bluffs, Iowa; m. Michael Stoker.
      c. Elizabeth, b. 1780; m. William Pennington.
      d. Barbara, b. 1782; m. Pertune.
      e. Mary, b. 1783, NC; d. 1872; m. George Koons (a Quaker who was disowned for marrying Mary, who was a Dunkard). She was 18 and he 19.
      f. Jacob, b. 1784; d. 1855; m. Catherine White.
      g. Henry, b. 1788; d. 1876; m. Elizabeth Johnson.
      h. George."

      11. FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, pp. 119-123:
      "Jacob Eller, b. abt 1784; d. 3 Nov 1855, Ashe Co., NC; md. abt 1805 to Catherine White. She was b. abt 1789; d. 3 Jan 1854. She probably was the d/o Luke White. Jacob and Catherine were living in 1815 on land called Rich Bend, located at the confluence of Mill Creek and the north fork of the New River in Ashe Co., NC. He was still living there at the time of his death. He was a prosperous farmer and left considerable property to his children. Both he and his wife are buried in the family cemetery located on his home farm. Their children were Luke, Mary, Elizabeth, Peter, Nancy, William, Susanah, Sarah, John and David."

      12. Burketts, Graybeals, and Ellers mentioned in the book "History of Western North Carolina," by John Preston Arthur, 1914, chapter 8:
      "Some Early Settlers of Ashe. These noble, self-sacrificing men and women of the early times endangered their lives and braved many hardships in the wild Indian country to open the way to happy homes, schools, churches and the blessings of our present civilization. Some of these were Henry Poe, Martin Gambill, Thomas Sutherland, Timothy Perkins, Captain John Cox, Henry Hardin, Canada Richardson, James Douglas, Daniel Dickson and Elijah Galloway. Besides these were many others whose names awaken much unwritten history: Miller, Blevins, Ham, Reeves, Woodin, Barr, Baker, Eller, Goodman, Ray, Burkett, Graybeal, Houck, Kilby, Ashley, Jones, Gentry, Smith, Plummer, Lewis, Sutherland, McMillan, Colvard, Barker, Senter, Maxwell, Calhoun, Sapp, Thomas, Worth, Oliver and others."
      Another reference to Ellers: "Jacob, Henry, and John Eller. They were sons of Christian Eller, once a resident of the Jersey Settlement in Davidson County. The two former came to Ashe and settled on the North Fork of New River, reared large families, and were successful, useful, respected citizens. Their sons were Peter, Luke, William, John, David and Jacob. John settled on the South Fork and later moved to Wilkes. His sons were Simeon, David, Absalom, John and Peter, who reared large families which are scattered over Western North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Iowa and Nebraska. (From information furnished by Hon. A. H. Eller, 1912.)" [Kerry's note: the part of these three Ellers being sons of Christian Eller is incorrect.]

      13. FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 130-140:
      "Jacob Eller. Statements concerning the birth year of Jacob Eller are confusing. Family memory says he died 3 Nov 1855 at the age of 'about 83.' The 1850 census of Ashe County, NC gave him the age of 66 and his wife Catherine the age of 61. This writer believes that family memory overstated his age by about ten years and accepts a birth year of 1783 or 1784. His view is supported by the earlier census records of Ashe County which give him the age of between 26-45 in 1810 and 1820, between 40-50 in 1830, and between 50-60 in 1840. He is not shown in the 1800 census. Jacob Eller married about 1804/05 Catherine White, b. 1788/9; d. 3 Jan 1854, dau. probably of Luke White. Her age in the 1850 census was given as 61. Her age in 1810 census was between 16 and 26, in 1820 between 26 and 45, and in 1830 and 1840 between 40 and 50.
      Jacob Eller first appears in Ashe County records 27 Nov 1806 when, with his brother Peter Eller, he witnessed the survey of 150 acres to Michael Stucker (Stoker), his brother-in-law probably. On 7 Jul 1809, as an heir at law of Peter Eller, deceased, he signed a deed disposing of land to Leonard Fantz. (Deed Book M, p. 163, Ashe County.) He signed other similar deeds 17 Sep 1816 and 11 Feb 1817. (Deed Book F, pp. 83 and 414, Ashe Co.) In 1811 a deed of his to Alexander Smith for 15 acres of land was acknowledged by the Nov 1811 Court. (Deed Book F, p. 109, Ashe Co., NC.)
      Jacob Eller was a witness in the suit of North Carolina vs. Lewis Jones and was bound in the sum of 50 pounds by the November 1815 Court to assure his appearance.
      Jacob Eller was living, 1815, on land called Rich Bend located at the confluence of Mill Creek and the north fork of New River in Ashe County, and was still living there at the time of his death. He was a well-to-do farmer for his time and left considerable property to his children. Both he and his wife lie buried in the family cemetery located on his home farm.
      The ten children of Jacob Eller and his wife Catherine White, order of birth not certain, were:
      Luke Eller, b. 8 Jun 1806; d. 6 Dec 1883; m. license issued in Ashe Co., NC, 27 Mar 1829, Sarah King, b. 5 May 1810; d. 10 Jan 1892. Her mother doubtless was the Patsy King who, according to the 1860 census of Ashe Co., NC, was living in the family of Luke and Sarah Eller at the age of 72. Luke and Sarah Eller lived in Ashe Co., NC and had children. [Biographies of their children and grandchildren follow in the book.]
      Mary Eller (called Polly), b. 23 Mar 1808; d. 3 Jan 1908; m. Aaron Latham. They lived at Clifton, NC and had children. [Biographies of their children follow in the book.]
      Elizabeth Eller, m. Larkin Maxwell. [Biographies of their children follow in the book.]
      Peter Eller. He is said by one source to have married twice and to have had several children. By another source he is said to have made several trips back and forth between NC and Arkansas and Texas and never to have married. A Peter Eller, farmer, aged 50 is shown in the 1860 census of Ashe Co., NC with a wife Sarah of same age and children as shown below. He is not listed in either the 1850 or 1870 census. [Biographies of their children and grandchildren follow in the book.]
      Nancy Eller, m. Samuel Jones. [Biographies of their children follow in the book.]
      William Eller, m. Susanna Eller. She was the daughter of John Eller Jr. (John, Peter, George Michael) and his wife Elizabeth Ray Vannoy. [Biographies of their children follow in the book.]
      Susannah Eller, m. David Roland. [Biographies of their children follow in the book.]
      Sarah Eller, m. as his first wife David Miller. After her death he m. Mar 1842, as his 2nd wife, Mary Eller, dau. of John Eller Jr. (John, Peter, George Michael) and his wife Elizabeth Ray Vannoy. [Biography of their child follows in the book.]
      John Eller, b. 1822; m. Catherine Eldreth, b. 1824. He and his wife Catherine are shown in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses of Ashe Co., NC, at ages of 28, 37, and 49 and 26, 35, and 46 respectively. Their children as shown on these census lists... [Biographies of their children follow in the book.]
      David Eller, b. 1 Nov 1826; d. 24 Mar 1901; m. 30 Oct 1852, Katherine Baker, b. 1833; d. 22 Feb 1903. They are said to have had 9 children, only 6 of whom, as follows, lived to maturity. [Biographies of their children follow in the book.]"

      14. Land transaction and proximity mentioned in biography of Henry Eller, son of Peter Eller and Elizabeth Dick per FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 172-176:
      "Henry Eller, b. 1786/1788; family records said he died about 1876 at the age of more than 90 years. The 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses of Ashe Co. give his age as 62, 72 and 80 respectively. These records indicate a birth year of 1786/88 and a death year of 1876. He married, about 1812/1813, Elizabeth Johnson, b. according to the 1850 census of Ashe Co., NC, in 1791/92, her age being given as 58 years. The 1860 and 1870 censuses give her age as 68 and 80 respectively. She was born in Iridel Co., NC. Henry Eller entered 250 acres of land on the North Fork of New River, 16 July 1812. This land was surveyed 8 Sep 1813 and granted to him 23 Dec 1813. (Grant 840, Secy. of State's Office, Raleigh, NC.) The land was on the north side of 'feneck' (Phoenix) Mountain and bordered the 150 acre farm surveyed to Michael Stucker (Stokard, Stoker). The survey, dated 8 Sep 1813, was attested by Peter and Jacob Eller. Henry Eller figured in several land transactions in Ashe County after 1812. In one, dated 9 Dec 1819, he purchased 90 acres of land from George Koons for $150.00. This land was in Ashe County on the south side of the North Fork of New River 'to my south line and down to the conditional line made between Abraham May and John Dick Jr. against the mouth of Piney Creek being part of the 150 acre tract where Thomas Brooks Mill formerly stood.' George Koons, doubtless, was Henry's brother-in-law, the husband of Mary Eller, shown in... herein [see notes in this database for George Koons and Mary Eller]. The sale was made about the time that George and Mary Koons left North Carolina for their new home in Henry County, Ind. Mary Koons' name does not appear in the deed but this is not strange becasue the dower rights of wives were often not mentioned in early deeds of Ashe and Wilkes Counties. Later deeds indicate that Henry Eller's farm in 1845 consisted of 240 acres.
      The records show that Henry Eller's brother-in-law, Michael Stoker (Stokard, Stucker) as well as his brother-in-law, George Koons, lived on farms adjoining his on the North Fork of New River. His brothers, Peter and Jacob, lived nearby while his brother John lived on the south fork of New River near where Peter Eller Sr., their father, late deceased, lived. About 1816 John and Peter moved to lower altitudes in Wilkes County, John to Lewis Fork Creek west of Wilkesboro on a farm of 451 acres and Peter to a farm on Ceroles Creek."