|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1822|
|Death: ||Aug. 2, 1866|
John Page Nelson graduated from Jefferson Medical Hospital of Philadelphia. He was born in Virginia and his family came to the Columbus, GA area about 1838. He was a surgeon and a plantation owner in Albany and well respected member of the community. He was very civic minded and was often mentioned in the papers of the time. He was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Albany.
Family lore says that he died in Milford, GA, a small community Southwest of Albany, in 1866 due to injuries sustained during the Civil War, where he was a surgeon in the Army. This fact has not been proven or denied as of this date. No record could be found of his death in Albany or Milford. His burial remains a mystery also. His siblings, and father are buried in Linwood Cemetery in Columbus, GA but John P. Nelson is not. His one brother Thomas M. Nelson is buried in Oakview Cemetery in Albany, GA in the TIFT family plot, the founding family of Albany which Thomas M. Nelson married into.
This cemetery is very old and there are many unmarked graves due to age and floods. The cemetery records have been lost due to a massive flood in 1994 and therefore I am assuming that John P. Nelson could be buried here.
Eliza Hora and John P. Nelson were married at the home of Eliza's brother Henry Hora in Albany, GA. Known as Eliza, she appears in the 1860 Census for Dougherty County, Georgia with her husband, John P. Nelson and 2 of their children. Their last daughter, Eliza Page Nelson had not been born at the time. John P. Nelson died in 1866 and sometime between then and 1870 Eliza Hora Nelson and her daughters moved back north to Rahway where they appear in the 1870 census for Rahway, Ward 3.
From Scott Baumann
Prominent among the early settlers in that part of Baker County that afterwards became Dougherty was John Page Nelson, a physician and surgeon, who moved here from Columbus, probably about 1850.
He was a son of Major Thomas M. Nelson, of Clarke County, Virginia, who served his state in Congress and as a presidential elector and afterwards moved to Columbus, Ga., where he died. Dr. Nelson was among the children born in Virginia, and was a lineal descendant of Thomas Nelson, founder of Yorktown, Va., in 1705, and of the Page family, which, with the Nelson family, had so important a part in the early history of the Old Dominion. Dr. Nelson died in 1865 of exposure from service as a surgeon in the Confederate Armies. He married Miss Eliza Hora, daughter of another early settler in Albany, and three daughters were born to them, two of whom now live at Rahway, N. J., and one at Bainbridge, Ga. His two brothers, Cols. William and Thomas M. Nelson, were killed in the Civil War. Descendants of his three daughters-Mrs. Evelyn Byrd Page Carter; Mrs. Maria Byrd Woolfolk
and Mrs. Rosalie Nelson Ticknor are living in Albany and other Georgia cities.
HISTORY OF DOUGHERTY COUNTY page 131
Thomas Maduit Nelson (1782 - 1853)
Sarah Walker Page Nelson (1790 - 1834)
Evelyn Page Nelson Carter (1819 - 1896)*
John Page Nelson (1822 - 1866)
William Norborne Nelson (1824 - 1894)*
Maria Byrd Nelson Woolfolk (1827 - 1908)*
Rosalie Nelson Ticknor (1828 - 1915)*
Thomas Mauduit Nelson (1833 - 1864)*
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