MORE ON EARLY ELLERS OF ROWAN CO., NC
Peggy Agner Troutman
B180 Bingle Ferry Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146
Correction: THE ELLER CHRONICLES, Vol. V, No. 4 p. 251; suggested rewording of Para. 2:
- . - . John Melchior Eller, Sr. (son of Jacob, the immigrant) married Susannah (Susanna) Eller on 9 Oct. 1782. She was the daughter of Christian Eller. According to his pension application, John Melchior Eller, Sr. was a Revolutionary War soldier enlisting in the company of General Lincoln where he served until the end of the war. He is shown in the federal census at Rowan Co. in 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, and 1830. The 1840 census is mutilated and unread able. He left no will.
(John Melcher Jr. was married 4 times.)
Eliminate the 4 listings under "His Children" - See explanations below."
The suggested changes above and that which follows are efforts to clarify the existence of 4 different John Melchior Eller's in early Rowan County, NC.
Casper Eller's son Jacob (last wife Barbary- Hook's Book p. 2) had a son John Melchior Eller ( designated Sr. or 1) This John Melchior Sr. married Savannah Eller (daughter of Christian Eller.) They had a son ( designated II or Jr.) He was the one who was married 4 times ( para. 2 above.)
(Hook's Book, p. 426: "John Eller ... gave his plantation to his sister Susannah and her, husband John Eller...and gave ... a legacy... to John Eller, son of John Melcher Eller." In this record, Susannah's husband's full name was John Melchior Eller, Sr. (son of Jacob, Eller). The legacy to John went to their son, John Melchior Eller, Jr.
The above John Melker Eller, Jr. mentions these children in his will of 1841 (Will Book I, pp. 90-92, 27 Jul 1825, probated Feb 1841): Jacob, Motlene, David, Christena m. George Kesler, Elizabeth Eller m. Christian Kesler, John."
[See full text of will below]
Casper, Eller had a son also named John Melchior Eller who was a brother of Jacob Eller, father of the John Melchior Eller, Sr. mentioned in the above paragraphs. This John Melchior Eller also had a son named John Melchior and thus in this family we find another set of John Melchior Ellers that can be designated as Sr. or Jr. (or I and II )
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This John Melchior Eller I or Sr. took up land in Rowan County in 1764 and married Elizabeth Goettge (sister to Eva, wife of Jacob Eller). Their children were: Conrod, Caleb, Jacob and John Melker Jr. ( or II).
[Eds. Peggy is grappling with the most difficult genealogical problem to be found in Eller genealogy because no where else in the U.S. do we find so many mid-1700 Eller immigrant descendants congregated in one locality for over 200 years and using the same given names in so many successive generations.
This report by Peggy and her other report (Vol. III, No. 3, pp. 49-67) reveal the complexities of early Eller genealogy in Rowan County and explains why James W. Hook gave up trying to sort out the various family lines and left only unpublished notes an the subject.
Peggy Troutman, Doris Eller Jordan, Pat Beck, Vance Eller, Mrs. Oscar File and others who have joined the battle to sort out the Rowan County Ellers are making progress and new data, like the above, are coming to light.]