Jim Ned, a Delaware Indian chief, probably maintained a village on the Brazos River near Fort Graham. At times during the Republic of Texas and early statehood, he served as scout for the Texas militia, but his services were used infrequently, possibly because of his "refractory" nature. As a scout for Capt. Samuel Highsmith, he took part in the battle against the Wichita Indians on the upper Brazos in 1847. It is believed that Jim Ned Creek was named for the scout.