John Wise Sr. settled from Lexington County (Bull Swamp) between 1853 and 1855 to Richland County, first settling on Cedar Creek near Gadsden. He later moved his family onto the land now Ft. Jackson. John Wise built the Messer Mill Pond. He was a sawmiller. John Wise Jr, purchased land on Colonel's Creek and operated a store and mill. He was a jack of all trades, building houses, chimneys, surveying, and mill operations. After the army purchased his land they hired him to help in surveying the new military post. He relocated to Swansea in Lexington County.
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