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Title: <i>1834 State Census of Union County Georgia</i> <i>1840 Census of Rabun County Georgia</i> <i>1850 Census of Union County Georgia</i> <i>1880 Census of Towns County Georgia</i> <i>1860 Census of Towns County Georgia</i> <i>1870 Census of Towns County Georgia</i> <i>1830 Census of Rabun County Georgia</i>
Continued: It is passed down that Joseph's father was a Starnes. One John Starnes was living in Buncombe County, NC, by 1820. He was born about 1779 in NC and was still living in Buncombe in 1850. Died about 1855 - estate administered Jan. 1856 - owned several slaves. Buried with a tombstone Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, NC born Mar. 6, 1779 died Dec. 20, 1855, Buncombe County. married his wife in 1802 in Cabarrus County 1810 Mecklenburg County
<u><b>1830 – Rabun County, Georgia </b></u>Joseph Eller – 20101-2010101 1 male 1825-1830 (Joseph M. Eller b. 1830?) 1 male 1825-1830 (Humphrey P. Eller b. c.1826) 1 male 1815-1820 (William Eller b. c.1816) 1 male 1800-1810 (Joseph Eller b. c.1803) ----- 1 female 1825-1830 (Malinda C. Eller b. c.1827) 1 female 1825-1830 1 female 1815-1820 (Cynthia A. Eller b. c.1817) 1 female 1800-1810 (Mariah Hedden Eller b. c.1808) 1 female 1780-1790 (Susannah Eller b. c.1787)
(Census compiled by Jason Edwards)
This is from 1896
The Newton Mine “This mine is located in the 18th district of Towns County, on lot 131.It extends along both sides of a small stream, which enters Hightower creek from the east. The worked portion of the mine covers an area of less than three acres, and lies in a narrow hollow, formed by the foot-hills, that lead down, from the main ridge, to within a few yards of the creek. Gold is said to have been discovered here, many years ago, by Joseph Eller. His attention was first attracted, by some water-worn gravel, which his dog had exposed, while making an excavation for a burrowing animal. This led to an examination of the gravel deposits, beneath the overlying soil; and they were found, to be rich in gold.The work of washing the gravel was begun, immediately, by Eller, assisted by others; but, owing to the want of a sufficient amount of water, the work progressed slowly. The gravel, frequently, had to be carried, some distance, to running water. However, regardless of this difficulty, it is said, that the mine paid handsomely.”
Joseph "Joe" Eller was born about 1803 in North Carolina, possibly Buncombe County. It is passed down that his mother was Susan "Sukey" Eller and his brothers were Jacob "Jake"(1811), William "Bill" (1816), and George Eller. (Jacob and William lived in Towns County) On Jan. 3, 1825 Joseph Eller married Mariah Hedden in Rabun County, Georgia. Mariah Hedden Eller, born in Spartanburg County, S.C. about 1808, was the daughter of Elisha Sr. and Elizabeth Pinson Hedden and stepdaughter of William Visage. She was a sister to the Rev. Elisha Hedden Jr., noted Baptist minister of Towns County. Joseph Eller and his father-in-law William Visage were among the very earliest settlers of the Upper Hightower area, having moved there prior to 1834 as indicated in a special state census of Union County, Georgia completed March 24, 1834. Joseph's family at the time of the census consisted of 6 males and 3 females. Joseph Eller's family was enumerated in the 1840 census of Rabun County, Georgia as follows: Males: 3, under 5; 2, 5-10; 1, 30-40; Females: 1, under 5; 1, 5-10; 1, 10-15; 1, 30-40. In 1850 they are back in Union (Towns) County where they lived the remainder of their lives. As a resident of Anderson's district in Rabun County, Georgia Joseph Eller, in the Cherokee Land Lottery (1832), drew lot 224 in the 24th district and 2nd section of original Cherokee County, Georgia. Georgia Poor School Records show the following Eller children attending school in 1842: Elizabeth, Joseph, Malinda, and William. In 1856 Joseph Eller bought lot 131 in the 18th district of Towns County (Upper Hightower)from John H. Newton. His attention was attracted by some water-worn gravel which his dog had exposed while making an excavation for a burrowing animal. This led to an examination of the gravel deposits beneath the over-lying soil and they were found to be rich in gold. The work of washing the gravel was begun immediately by Joseph, assisted by others,but owing to the want of a sufficient amount of water the work progressed slowly. The gravel frequently had to be carried some distance to running water. However, regardless of this difficulty, it is said the mine paid handsomely. (Deryck and Dion Eller now own the property on which their great-great-grandfather discovered gold.) Children of Joseph and Mariah Hedden Eller were: Humphrey Posey (1826) married Dec. 4, 1945 Jane Hall; Malinda (1827-1919) married (1) Nicholas Mack Shook Sept. 8, 1853 (2) William Hall; Elizabeth "Betsy (1829) married Jonathan Nicholson; Milton (1830) married Margaret Cowart; William (1832) married Mary Ann Elizabeth "Polly"Eller Oct. 12, 1854; Elisha Hedden (Oct. 24, 1837-Jan. 22, 1929) married Nancy E. Wood March 10 1859; Vinetta (1835) was living with her grandmother Elizabeth Pinson Hedden Visage in 1850; Jeffrey (1838) married Elizabeth Shook Aug. 26,1858; Jacob (1838) never married; Caroline (1840-1889) married (1) William Hooper (2) John Wiley Trusty; George H. (1842) married Viney Brown: Alfred Webb (June 18, 1843-Dec. 30, 1934) married Martha E. "Daut" Chastain March 1870; Hannah M. (Sept. 20, 1845-June 10, 1923) married Jan. 25, 1866 George Taylor Coward (Oct. 12, 1848-March 7, 1880); Arminda Jane (1846) married Alfred Garrett March 4, 1870; Albert Martin "Bert" (Jan. 10, 1846-Dec. 30, 1925) married Louisa M. "Liza" Chastain Dec. 31,1865; Sarah (1848) married Thomas H. Garrett Aug. 16, 1867; Mary (1848) married William K. Garrett Feb. 28, 1868; and Marinda (1850). Mariah Eller died about 1864 during the troubled times of the Civil War. Family tradition relates that she was staying with Caroline Hooper, her daughter, when Caroline's baby, Callie, was born. Mariah sent word to Caroline's husband, William Hooper, that he was needed at home. William "slipped in" home but the Home Guards hearing of his arrival, came after him to take him back to the War. When they came, Mariah blocked the front door while her son-in-law slipped out the back into the woods. Those men who honored themselves by the title of Guard pushed the valiant lady out of the doorway. She fell to the ground sustaining injuries from which she never recovered. On Nov. 29, 1868 Joseph Eller married Ellender Catherine Corn Hefner, daughter of Jesse and Sarah Smith Corn. They had one daughter,Buena Vista (1870), who married Gus Dover. Joseph died after 1880. He and Mariah are buried somewhere in the Upper Hightower community.
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