Johns Creek is a city in the state of Georgia, located in Fulton County, United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 76,728. The city is a northeastern suburb of Atlanta. According to Money Magazine, Johns Creek is the 13th highest-earning city in the United States. In the early 19th century, the Johns Creek area was dotted with trading posts along the Chattahoochee River in what was then Cherokee Indian territory. The Cherokee nation was a confederacy of villages led by a chief. They were agrarian and lived in log homes. After Europeans settled in the area, the Cherokee developed an alphabet, and a legislature and judiciary patterned after the American model. Some trading posts gradually became crossroads communities where pioneer families Rogers, McGinnis, Findley, Buice, Cowart, Medlock and others gathered to visit and sell their crops. By 1820, the community of Sheltonville (now known as Shakerag) was a ferry crossing site, with the McGinnis Ferry and Rogers Ferry carrying people and livestock across the river for a small fee. Further south, the Nesbit Ferry did the same near another crossroads community known as Newtown.