Dead Man in the Creek
In the winter of 1783 , Indians began to steal horses and cattle from the Big Pigeon settlement. Major Peter Fine helped to raise a company of men and followed the Indians across the mountains of North Carolina where they killed one Indian and wounded others. The Indians returned fire, killing Vinette Fine, the brother of Peter. Because there was no time for grave digging, the ice in the nearby creek was broken and the body of Vinette was placed in the creek through a hole in the ice.
Before the men could return to retrieve the body, the creek became flooded and the body washed away. It was never recovered. To this day, this valley is known as Fines Creek. Earlier it was known as Crystal Creek, because Crystal Creek occurred frequently in old land grants.
Later it came to be called Twelve Mile Creek, since the entire length was twelve miles. Near the beginning of the nineteenth century, its name was officially changed to Fines Creek, because of the singular circumstance occurring on its banks.
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