ENGLISH SETTLEMENT ON GRAYS CREEK English Settlement Along Grays Creek Began By ...
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Description: ENGLISH SETTLEMENT ON GRAYS CREEK English settlement along Grays Creek began by 1609 when Capt . John Smith ordered a defensive fortification built on the tidal creek opposite Jamestown . Though the English did not finish constructing the fort ( known as Smiths Fort ) and soon abandoned it , an earthwork remains on a high bluff overlooking Grays Creek . It is believed that Thomas Rolfe , the only child of John Rolfe and Pocahontas , inherited his fathers patent along this creek . The stream was named Smiths Fort Creek and then Rolfes Creek . By 1648 it became known as Grays Creek for Thomas Gray , who had patented land at the mouth of the creek . Department of Historic Resources , 2004