Andrew Nelson was born in York County, Pennsylvania, in 1762, but later he or his family moved to Virginia. While residing in Augusta County, Virginia, on June 15, 1779, he volunteered and served as a private in Captain John Cunningham's company of the Virginia troops, until September 15, 1779. On May 11, 1780, he again enlisted with the Virginia troops and served in Captain John McKitterick's company. He was out against the Indians in Northwestern Virginia until August 15, 1780. From December 15, 1780 until May 1, 1781, he served in Captain James Tate's Company, under Colonel Campbell. He marched to North Carolina and was in teh battle of Guilford. In 1832 Andrew Nelson was residing in Morgan County, Alabama, and in 1840 he was living in Walker County. He died on November 1, 1850 while living with his son-in-law, George Ellis, near Houston, Winston County, and is buried in Winston County, in a small graveyard on the east side of Sipsey River, between Double Springs and Addison. He is known to have been the father of at least two children: Peggy Nelson, who married George Ellis, of Winston County, and later moved to Lawrence County, and L.S. Nelson, who was born December 15, 1797 and died November 2, 1874, and is buried in the Fike Graveyard.