"Ralph's Creek, also called Parry's Creek and Perrin's Creek, was named after Ralph Payne, (have more information on this line) the first settler who made his home upon it. It was near Kilman's Beaverdam Swamp. It was later known as Fisher's Bridge Swamp; and is today called Mussel Swamp. It flows into Piscataway at longitude 76 deg. 51 min. 4 sec. Among those who owned land on it were Ralph Payne, Samuel Parry, Thomas Harper...."
Thomas' will, dated 12/4/1683, was proved 4/2/1684 in Rappahannock Co., VA.
Court held 3 Oct 1684. "Reference is granted between William Lake (as marrying the relict of Thomas Harper, dec'd.) pltf and Richard Hale, def....on the south side of the river.