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 (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:
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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