William Bonner (ca. 1781-1852) and Nancy Chappell Bonner (ca. 1791-1852) moved their family and slaves to Troup County, Georgia in 1831 a year before Chambers County was established. They settled on 292 acres on the Wehadkee Creek just across the Alabama line. This property is now covered by West Point Lake. Although this farm was in Georgia, the family was part of the Standing Rock, Alabama community. William was the founder of what is now the Standing Rock United Methodist Church. Nancy Bonner died May 26, 1852, and William died two days later on May 28. Oral history relates they died of food poisoning. They, along with one of their children, and at least two grandchildren are buried at the site of Bonner's Church approximately one mile south of the current Standing Rock United Methodist Church. William and Nancy Bonner had 13 children who survived to adulthood. Several of them settled in Chambers County.
The eighth child of William and Nancy, John William Fletcher Emmett de LaFayette Bonner (John William 1823-1896) married Margie Ann Stewart (1837-1912) on December 22, 1857. They settled in the Standing Rock area. In 1864, John William was listed with the Wilcox Regiment, Troup County, GA C.S.A. After the war, John William purchased the Ward farm on the Standing Rock/Fredonia Road in the Hickory Flat community. For many years, arrowheads were found each time the fields were plowed. This property is still owned by Bonner descendants. Seven of Margie's and John William's children survived to adulthood. All of them married and settled in the Standing Rock/Hickory Flat area.
Thomas Hamilton Bonner (1861-1903) married Cora Ellen Blount.
John William (1863-1924) married Dovie Stewart.
Mary Leila (1865-1905) married William Hamer.
Robert Lee (1867-1956) married Minnie Sloan.
Fletcher Emmett (1870- 1948) married Corrie Ethel Terry.
Catherine (Katie) Stewart (1874-1963) married John Cornelius (Coon) Omalie.
Annie Ray (1877-1956) married Thomas F. Hudson.
John William, Margie and six of their children are buried at the Standing Rock United Methodist Church. Katie Bonner O'Malie is buried at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Stroud, Alabama.
Thomas Hamilton (T.H.) Bonner graduated from Southern Medical School (now Emory University Medical School) February 25, 1884. He interned with his uncle Dr. Willis Thomas Hamilton Bonner in Daleville, Alabama before practicing medicine in Dadeville, Alabama. The residents of Hickory Flat, Alabama petitioned Dr . Bonner to return to the area. T .H. purchased a house near the five road intersection at Hickory Flat, and built his office on the same property. He practiced medicine there until his death in 1903. T.H. married Cora Ellen Blount of Greenville, Georgia on December 20, 1887. Cora was the granddaughter of Silas and Polly Baker who were early settlers of Standing Rock. T. H. and Cora had five children.
Earl Stevenson (1892-1978) married Peggy Louise Terry. Nellie (1894-1974). Lillie Kathleen (1896-1973) married Albert McGill. Thomas Eliot (1898-1979) married 1st. Nannie Duke. 2nd. Nell Craft Tillman. Hoyt Trammel (1900-1975) married Mabel Eubanks.
T .H. and Cora Bonner died within three months in 1903. Both are buried in the Standing Rock Methodist Cemetery. Following their deaths, the five children lived with their grandmother, Margie Ann Stewart Bonner. Also living with Margie Ann were her son John, her daughter Annie, her son Fletcher, his wife Corrie and their children. Annie delayed her marriage to Tom Hudson for seven years in order to help care for her brother's children. Following Margie Ann's death in 1912, the children continued living with Fletcher and Corrie and their children. Nellie and Lillie Bonner attended Livingston State Teacher's College in 1914-15 which was the year the first male student was enrolled. Both taught in Alabama schools until retirement, and kept close ties with Standing Rock. Both are buried in the Standing Rock Methodist Cemetery. Tom and Hoyt Bonner moved to Birmingham, Alabama where they lived until their deaths. Tom and Nannie Bonner had two daughters, Margie Christine Bonner McIntosh and Martha Ann Bonner Eskew. T .H. and Cora's eldest child, Earl Stevenson, lived in Standing Rock except for several years in Langdale, Alabama where he worked in the mill. He could not adjust to "town life," and returned to his farm located between Post Oak Forks and Hickory Flat. He was a farmer and a sawmiller working with Tom Hudson, husband of Annie Bonner. Earl married Peggy Louise Terry Bonner (1897- 1961) on December 24, 1914. The Terry family was also among the first to settle in the Standing Rock area. Earl lived the last years of his life in nearby Roanoke in Randolph County.
Earl and Louise had eleven children: Earl Darrell, Lawrence Ulmont, Helen NeIl (Haralson), Hazel Dell, Miriam Louise (Arnold), John Thomas, Ann Bunch (Avery), Blount Stevenson, Lee Terry, Robert Louis, and Kaye Ellen (Brown). Earl, Louise, Hazel and Helen are buried in the Standing Rock Methodist cemetery. Three of Earl's and Louise's children remained in Chambers County. John Thomas Bonner lives in Valley, Alabama. Lawrence Ulmont Bonner and Helen NeIl Bonner Haralson also lived in Valley until their deaths. Ann Bunch Bonner Avery and her family returned to the Five Points area following her husband's retirement, and remained there until her death. Lawrence Ulmont served with the Army and John Thomas served with the Navy in World War II. Ten of Earl's and Louise's twenty-two grandchildren grew up in Valley, Alabama. Several of their grandchildren and great-grand- children currently reside there. Louellen Brown Gurley, daughter of Kaye Bonner Brown, and the twenty-first grandchild of Earl and Louise Bonner became the first descendant of Dr. T .H. Bonner to become a physician. She practices medicine in LaGrange, Georgia which is a short distance from Standing Rock, Alabama. Sources: Family Records, Journals, letters, etc., Civil War List, cemetery Monuments.