One mile north where Sandy Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River, was the house of John B. Nelson, owner of Nelson Ferry in the 1820. His son, Allison Nelson was born there March, 1822. After service in the Mexican War, he was a representative in the Georgia General Assembly (1848 - 1849) & ninth Mayor of Atlanta (1855). Removed to Texas in 1856 where he engaged in Indian warfare & in 1860, became a member of the Texas legislature.
Commissioned Brig. Gen. in the Confederate Army, Sept. 12, 1862, he served until his death near Austin, Lonoke Co., Arkansas, Oct. 7, 1862.