James Epley Heller was born in Solona, Clinton county, Pennsylvania, on the 22d of January, 1844;
in 1857, he removed to Freeport, Illinois. Commenced the study of law in 1863, in the law department of the
University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. From Ann Arbor he went to La Porte, Indiana, and located in 1864.
Having been in the State but a few day, in response to a call from the Governor for volunteers, enlisted as a private
in the 138th regiment of Indiana volunteers. After the expiration of the term of service in the army,
he returned to Laporte, and was there married in 1867 to Miss Anna, daughter of Asa Ridgeway, one of the oldest
settlers of that county.
In June 1868, he came to Indianapolis, without either money, friends or property, and after some time spent in reading law, first commenced the practice and was admitted to the Indianapolis bar earl in 1870 being entirely confined in the practice to the city.
Mr. Heller, by his practice, has accumulated a handsome library besides supporting his family; being an entire stranger in the city and without acquaintances, this was a very difficult undertaking which many with less perseverance and energy would have failed besides this, he now owns the property in which he resides, with a good and paying practice.
At the last Republican county convention he was chosen as its candidate for prosecuting attorney of Marion county, and was elected at the October election in 1876. Mr. Heller is a man of pleasing address and by his urbanity and general deportment has made many friends. - - Sketches of prominent citizens of 1876 : with a few of the pioneers of the city and county who have passed away Indianapolis: Tilford & Carlon, printers, 1877, pg. 345-6
Year: 1870; Census Place: Indianapolis Ward 1, Marion, Indiana; Roll: M593_340; Page: 18A; Family History Library Film: 545839 Name: James Heller Age in 1870: 26 Birth Year: abt 1844 Birthplace: Pennsylvania Dwelling Number: 246 Home in 1870: Indianapolis Ward 1, Marion, Indiana Race: White Gender: Male Occupation: Sawyer Male Citizen over 21: Y Personal Estate Value: 500 Inferred Spouse: Anna R Heller Household Members: Name Age James Heller 26 Anna R Heller 23 Year: 1880; Census Place: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana; Roll: 295; Page: 183B; Enumeration District: 112 Name: James E. Heller Age: 36 Birth Date: Abt 1844 Birthplace: Pennsylvania Home in 1880: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA Street: Pennsylvania Street House Number: 331 Dwelling Number: 310 Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Self (Head) Marital status: Married Spouse's name: Annie R. Heller Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania Occupation: Judge Crimenal Court Sick: Court MC Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age James E. Heller 36 Annie R. Heller 33 James M. Heller 10 Herbert M. Heller 8 Annie M. Heller 4 Earl W. Heller 2 Indiana, WPA Death Index, 1882-1920 Name: James E. Heller Date: 9 Aug 1886 Location: Laporte Age: 42 Yr Gender: Male Race: White Source location: County Health Office, Laporte Source Notes: book H-19 page 184 Indiana Works Progress Administration. Wisconsin, Death Index, 1820-1907 Name: James E Heller Death Date: 9 Aug 1886 Death Place: Dunn, Wisconsin, USA Volume: 1 Page Number: 142 Reel: 23 Image: 0998 Sequence Number: 153407 Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, 1871-1920 Name: Earl W Heller Age: 33 Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1876 Marriage Type: Marriage Marriage Date: 23 Aug 1909 Marriage Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois Spouse Name: Leona Dare Lovell Spouse Age: 33 Spouse Gender: Female FHL Film Number: 1030463 U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 Name: Earl W Heller Age: 39 Birth Date: 16 May 1878 Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana Residence Place: Chicago, Illinois Passport Issue Date: 13 May 1918 Father: James E Heller Has Photo: Yes Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 Name: Annie Heller [Annie Ridgeway] Gender: Female Race: White Age: 83 Marital status: Widow Birth Date: 28 Mar 1846 Birth Place: La Port Ind Death Date: 1 Nov 1929 Death Place: Union, Marshall, Indiana, USA Father: Ada Ridgeway Mother: Martha Ridgeway Year: 1930; Census Place: Union, Marshall, Indiana; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0017; FHL microfilm: 2340352 Name: Earl W Heller Birth Year: abt 1878 Gender: Male Race: White Birthplace: Indiana Marital status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Home in 1930: Union, Marshall, Indiana, USA Map of Home: View Map House Number: See 3-11 Dwelling Number: 173 Family Number: 174 Home Owned or Rented: Owned Radio Set: Yes Lives on Farm: No Age at first Marriage: 41 Attended School: No Able to Read and Write: Yes Father's Birthplace: Wisconsin Mother's Birthplace: Indiana Able to Speak English: Yes Occupation: Broker Industry: Insurance Class of Worker: Working on own account Employment: Yes Household Members: Name Age Earl W Heller 52 Ora E Heller 50 Madelyn Weathers 36 Year: 1940; Census Place: Union, Marshall, Indiana; Roll: m-t0627-01077; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 50-18 Name: Earl Heller Respondent: Yes Age: 62 Estimated birth year: abt 1878 Gender: Male Race: White Birthplace: Indiana Marital status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Home in 1940: Union, Marshall, Indiana Map of Home in 1940: View Map Farm: No Inferred Residence in 1935: Union, Marshall, Indiana Residence in 1935: Same Place Resident on farm in 1935: Yes Sheet Number: 19B institution: R Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 405 Occupation: Insurance Salesman House Owned or Rented: Owned Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 15,000 Attended School or College: No Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40 Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work Weeks Worked in 1939: 10 Income: 0 Income Other Sources: Yes Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Earl Heller 62 Ora E Heller 60 Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 Name: Earl Wilson Heller Birth Date: 16 May 1878 Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana Claim Date: 7 Sep 1950 SSN: 307226291 Notes: 04 Mar 1977: Name listed as EARL WILSON HELLER Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 Name: Annie May Jobes [Annie May Heller] Gender: Female Race: Wh Age: 80 Marital status: Married Birth Date: 2 Feb 1877 Birth Place: Indiana Death Date: 12 Apr 1957 Death Place: Indpls, Marion, Indiana, USA Father: Gomes E. Heller Mother: Judith Annie Heller