Pioneer fam­i­lies of Pine Grove Com­mu­nity

The Covington News - - LOOKING BACK -

The El­liott fam­ily is prob­a­bly one of the very ear­li­est set­tlers in what be­came Shoal Creek – now Pine Grove Com­mu­nity. There are old El­liot graves to the left of the paved road now leading from new­born to Rutledge; they are off the road, un­marked, be­fore you reach the Lit­tle River, go­ing to­ward Rutledge. Later Thomas El­liott lived near a spring in the pas­ture re­gion that fronts the Robertson house; from there he moved out upon what is now the paved road and built a house where the Robertson house stands; the son, Elisha was known to say that he could and did top the oak trees in the yard with his pocket knife. They grew to be large and beau­ti­ful trees, most of them are now gone, both of age and de­struc­tion, from wind and storms. De­scen­dants of the fam­ily live in New­ton County and many sec­tions of Ge­or­gia; oth­ers are in the far west, Arkansas, Texas, and else­where. As I re­mem­ber, the wife of Thomas El­liott, Sr. was a Miss Nail from the El­ber­ton area of Ge­or­gia, Jesse Wil­son’s first wife was Maria Win­frey, a great aunt of my mother. Through her, he came into pos­ses­sion of a large tract of land. Old Win­frey graves are still known to be on part of the Win­frey land once owned by T.J. Speer and now owned by the Robertson Fam­ily.

His house was a very im­pos­ing one at that time. Af­ter the death of his first wife, he mar­ried the widow, Caro­line Pat­tillo, from Spald­ing County. Nei­ther wife had any chil­dren. His will was de­stroyed af­ter his death; his widow, Caro­line, took a great fancy to Mrs. Thomas Walker and fam­ily, who catered to her wishes; Mrs. Walker was a niece of Jesse Wil­son; the fa­mil­iar­ity re­sulted in her — Caro­line — giv­ing the home place and some land to the Walker fam­ily, who moved there from Cov­ing­ton af­ter the war — pos­si­bly ear­lier — and there they lived un­til about 1905. Her­moine Walker be­came Mrs. John C. Camp­bell, the grand­mother of Col. R. P. Camp­bell of Cov­ing­ton as well as four other chil­dren. Min­nie mar­ried Joe Wal­ton, the son of wealthy par­ents be­fore the de­struc­tion of the war; Ida be­came Mrs. Ben Tucker. A son, Jesse Walker, went to South Ge­or­gia and mar­ried there, but no con­tact with his fam­ily has been kept. Close friends, as­so­ciates and ac­quain­tances of these im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies liv­ing near­est the Church, were the fam­i­lies of Columbus Wright, whose home later be­came in property of R.J. Cooper; he has many de­scen­dants in New­ton County; Miss Jane Pharr and her par­ents, long since gone; in late life she mar­ried a Ge­orge But­ler and the Pharr property be­came known my mother’s sis­ter — a teacher; Press­ley and O.N. Stan­ton were their sons. Isaac Stan­ton is the fa­ther of the present Robert Stan­ton, Sr., liv­ing in the Brick Store Com­mu­nity; also of Vera Stan­ton, liv­ing ad­join­ing the Ike Stan­ton home near the Hub, the Gibson fam­ily, who had two daugh­ters to marry into the James Patrick fam­ily; a Mr. Stephen Carter lived off the road from the Mont­gomery home; there are old Carter graves stones there; he was dis­tantly re­lated to Grant Davis Carter, who mar­ried Sarah Dod­son, the mother of Mrs. Em­mett Robertson, who in turn was the mother of John Carter Robertson and his broth­ers and sis­ters. There were the Knight fam­i­lies. War­ren Knight mar­ried Frances Brewer, James Knight, Starkie Knight.

Shoal Creek — Pine Grove Com­mu­nity — has had a most in­ter­est­ing past; it has a pleas­ant present and we are hop­ing for its fu­ture to be equally as bright.

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