Ponton Creek rises 3½ miles southwest of Moulton in northwestern Lavaca County near the Gonzales county line (at 29°32' N, 97°12' W) and runs southeast for 16½ miles to its mouth on Rocky Creek, 5½ miles east of Shiner (at 29°25' N, 97°04' W). Throughout its course it flows sandy clay loam over sandstone. This area is subject to erosion and is used primarily for rangeland, pastureland, and the production of corn and grain sorghum. The stream banks are eroded to a depth of fifteen to twenty feet and shaded by occasional oaks and willows. In 1832 William Ponton, for whom the stream is named, settled in the area with his sons Joel and Andrew fpo14. In May 1834 Ponton was killed and scalped by Comanches. In August 1840 his son Joel, by then a well-known doctor and leader in civil affairs, was attacked in the same area by a large band of Indians. His companion, Tucker Foly, was killed, but Joel escaped with two arrows through his body and recovered to live another thirty years.
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