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James W. ELLER

Source: Crawfordsville Journal-Review.22 June 1937 p 10

James W. Eller, 93, Succumbs at Daughter's Home Near City Enlisted with Union Forces When 18 – Captured, Held Prisoner by Confederates

Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Proffitt and Sons parlors for James W. Eller, 93-year-old Civil war veteran, who died Saturday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. L.W. Bannon, on the Country club road. Mr. Eller's death followed a two weeks' illness and was attributed to a complication of diseases.

Last rites for Mr. Eller were in charge of Rev. Earl Moore, pastor of the Trinity Methodist church. Interment was made in the New Richmond cemetery. Mr. Eller enlisted with the Union forces in the Civil war when 18 years of age. He joined the 22nd Indiana Infantry and served three years and nine months. He was taken prisoner and was held in the Andersonville prison for about six months.

The deceased was born July 3, 1843, in Monroe county, Indiana, the son of James H. and Faraby Sanders Eller. He was married three [sic] times, first to Nancy Ann Milam in 1865, second [sic] to Jane Bault in 1901 and third to Mrs. Mary Starkey in 1925. All three of his wives preceded him in death. Mr. Eller came here about a year ago to make his home with his daughter, although he had lived in Montgomery county at different intervals for about 35 years. He was a member of the G.A.R. And the Methodist church. He formerly lived in Owen county.

Surviving, in addition to the daughter at whose home he died, are two sons, Emmett Eller of Portland, Ore., and Emery Eller of Olympia, Wash.;a brother, Charles Eller of Spender; three sisters, Mrs. Clara Miller of Crawfordsville, Mrs. Emma Cook of Indianapolis and Mrs. Martha Boruff; a step-daughter, Mrs. Flora Porter of Morocco, Ind., a stepson, Luther Bault of Spencer, and sixteen grandchildren. Three children preceded him in death.

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