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Thomas Estes Jr. (abt. 1739 - 1786)

Captain Thomas "The Tory" Estes Jr. aka Estridge
Born about in North Carolinamap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [half], [half], [half], [half], [half], [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married 1761 in Orange, North Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died in North Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Jun 2013
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Thomas was born 1738, maybe in NC or VA, the son of Thomas Estes, Sr. & maybe Elizabeth ?. His father Thomas had moved to NC in the 1720s, but he seemed to be back and forth from VA to NC at different times.

He had brothers: Elisah, James, Aaron & Moses who all fought with the patriots during the Revolutionary War. Thomas, however, was on the side of the British, which is why he was called by his descendant-genealogists "the Tory".

He married Elizabeth Burroughs about 1760 in Orange County, NC.

David Fanning[1] (one of the most hated names in North Carolina history), commissioned colonel of the Loyal Militia (Tories) by the British, organized his regiment July 16, 1781. Thomas Estrich was ensign of one of the two Orange county, NC companies and rode with David Fanning. September 14, 1781, Ensign Thomas "Estrich" was promoted to Captain of his company.

Thomas was an active Tory in the Rev War and was captured, convicted of treason and sentenced to hang. His neighbors petitioned the Court to pardon him because he had a wife and several small children. He was pardoned on condition that he join the NC State Militia for one year. He did and was killed in battle. [This is probably him listed on the DAR Patriot Index as: "Estes, Thomas, b ca 1740, d p 1783, m unk, soldier NC"]

His brother, Moses, however was a patriot soldier. He received a land bounty and when he died, leaving no children, his nephew Burris (only son of Thomas), inherited his bounty land in Henry Co., TN. (much to the chagrin of Burris' 3 sisters. In 1829 his sisters sued him for a share of the bounty land in but lost)

Children of Thomas Estes & Elizabeth Burroughs:

  1. Martha "Patsy", b 1764; m James Cheek, Sept 6, 1783, Orange Co, NC; d bef 1830
  2. Burroughs "Burris", b 1766 NC; m Martha "Patsy" Lloyd, May 26, 1792, Orange County, NC; d Henry Co, TN.
  3. Susannah "Susan", b 1775, Orange County, NC; m John Cheek, Apr 1, 1794, Orange Co, NC; d Jan 18, 1872, Orange Co, NC
  4. Elizabeth, b Oct 22, 1777, Orange Co, NC; m Josiah Pitman, Oct 23, 1798, Orange Co, NC; d Aug 10, 1865, Elkton, Todd Co, KY

Thomas "The Tory" died in 1782 in a military battle, age abt 44. His children were: Patsy-18, Burris-16, Susan-7, Elizabeth-5

In 1782 Elizabeth was excused from paying taxes because her husband had died in the military.

In 1787, she married Michael Carroll and they continue to appear in the tax records for 1787-1820.

Elizabeth died about 1816, age abt 74



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  • Source: S-2061487264 Repository: #R-2139653360 Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Author: Yates Publishing Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was deriv Note: APID: 1,7836::0
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Allen A Estes, Chester county, Chester, South Carolina, United States; citing family 1401, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


Thank you to Bryan Mulholland for creating WikiTree profile Estes-1008 through the import of The Mulholland _ King Family.ged on May 29, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Bryan and others.


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Estes-1008 and Estes-1419 appear to represent the same person because: These profiles are ready to be merged now.
posted on Estes-1419 (merged) by Susan (Mccollister) Beech
Estes-1008 and Estes-1419 are not ready to be merged because: I need double check something first
posted on Estes-1419 (merged) by Susan (Mccollister) Beech
Estes-1008 and Estes-1419 appear to represent the same person because: There are no major difference
posted on Estes-1419 (merged) by Susan (Mccollister) Beech

Unmerged matches › Allen Estes (1769-1829)
Rejected matches › Thomas Estes (abt.1715-bef.1777)

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