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Subject: Failed Migration To Mo.
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 01:48:16 -0700 (PDT)
There were several people who expressed an interest in the story of a
Brethren community that migrated to Mo. and were ran off my Conferderate
soldiers. Daniel S. Eller was my gggg grandfather's son.
The Martin Eller mention was the brother of my gg grandfather, John
Eller. (Martin Eller was a member a Ohio Volunteer Infantry unit...John
Eller was an ambulance driver for the 34th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.)
This makes Daniel S. Eller the great uncle of Martin Eller.
the following contains information for Daniel S. Eller, the son of
Daniel and Elizabeth Siler Eller...
FAMILY HISTORY OF DANIEL S. ELLER
"In the late 1850's Daniel S. Eller and his wife, Francis, and five
of his children migrated from Montgomery County, Ohio. According to
marriage dates he left here shortly after his marriage to Francis Swank.
Before he came to Montgomery County, Ohio he lived in Maryland. He
married Rachel Mote. They were married in Miami County, Ohio and settled
in Montgomery County, Ohio. In Montgomery County, Ohio I find only a
marriage to Francis Swank 27 March 1851. His first wife died 9 April
1850 and in 1851 he married Francis Swank. They left here by wagon train
shortly after his second marriage. William A. Eller was the only child
born to his first marriage.
In the wagon train were people who could make up or start a new
village comprised of a blacksmith, carpenter, miller, and other people
necessary to the care of people and their health and progress. They
settled somewhere in Missouri and owned farmland, but this I cannot
prove as the records were all burned of the Deeds in 1911.
During the Civil War the Confederate soldiers came and burned all
their wheat fields and Aaron, William remembered looking back and seeing
the stalks of grain burning in the fields. The people took what
possessions they had and started back to Ohio. They suffered many
hardships and two of Daniel's children were buried along the way, Ira
Calvin and Amanda Jane. Daniel related he felt so sorry to have to leave
them there. They were buried in a wood box made by the men, no grave
marker or anything else to remember them by.
They came back as far as St. Louis, Missouri and by that time were
without food. They met met Martin Eller, a cousin of Daniel's, who
directed them to a fort where they could get food to see them through.
Martin related to his grandson, Wayne Eller, how one of his oxen had
died and left him with one ox, whih he couldn't pull his wagon. He
confiscated a cow from one of the people on the wagon train. She didn't
like the idea and they got into an arguement. She was standing by the
campfire heating water and became so enraged she threw the hot water on
They left St. Louis, Missouri and came on to Illinios and then back
to Gordon, Ohio where they lived until the end of their days. Theodore
Eller was born to Daniel and Francis coming back on the wagon train.
Daniel Eller was a farmer owning land adjoining the Studebaker Farm in
Preble County, Ohio. Aaron owned the farm after Daniel's death as
related by Cletus Weisenbarger (his father owned the adjoining farm.).
These were all farms near Gordon, Ohio. Wayne Eller said Daniel was
married to a Rachel Mote. Jan 1969, had a letter stating Daniel Eller
married Rachel Mote in Miami County, Ohio, June 6, 1847.
Wayne said, from Mrs. Nolan L. Jeff; January 27, 1969--
information says they migrated to Cedar County, Missouri.
as related to me by Wayne Eller, Octobr 26, 1968"
from the Eller Chronicals....