Pioneer families of Pine Grove Community
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.