Name: Thomas ESTES
Birth: 11 NOV 1799 in Orange Co, NC
Death: 18 AUG 1886 in Eureka Flatt, Walla Walla, Washington
Burial: Clyde Cem, Walla Walla Co, Wash
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He married Millie in NC in 1820. Probably soon afterward they moved to Henry Co, TN with his father (1821-25) and siblings. Millie's brother William & wife moved there about 1826.
He had 5 children then Millie died in Tn. in 1832.
In 1833 he was 31 when he remarried In Tn. to 16-year-old Irania Malone in 1833. Irania had 5 step-children, and she had 3 more children in Tn.
His grandson, Nicholas Tarter wrote in 1940:
"Grandfather and his second wife, Irania Malone, were married on April 15, 1833, according to record in her old Bible. As I recall that Mother said her father married the second time in a little less than a year after the death of his first wife. I can say that my maternal grandmother died in 1832, when Mother was three years of age."
He moved to Ark. in 1839 with his brothers Burris Jr. & John.
In 1840, all three brothers were living in Lebanon twp, Lawrence County, Ark. (census p 17)
Thomas Estes 40-50 [Thomas-41]
woman 20-30 [Irania 23]
2 boys 15-20 [Burris 19, James 19]
1 girl 15-20 [Sallie 15]
2 girls 10-15 [Mary 13, Susan 11]
3 girls 0-5 [Ann 4, Hannah 3, Lizzie 1]
Nicholas Tarter wrote:
"Grandfather and family moved from Tennessee to Fulton County, Arkansas some time during the year of 1839. At about the same time the John Estes, Morris, and Hastings families moved to the same place. My Estes grandparents, with their children and a number of relatives near them lived in Arkansas approximately twenty years. Here Grandfather owned a farm and was also a blacksmith and gunsmith, having considerable mechanical ability. He lost the sight of an eye when a small piece of steel or iron struck the eye while black smithing. I do not know if this happened in Tennessee or in Arkansas. . . .
Grandfather's first two children, Burris and James, went with their father's family to Arkansas and lived there the remainder of their lives."
Read more at: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/e/s/t/Jim-Estes-California/FILE/0010page.html
In Ark he had 5 more children.
They attended the Baptist Church.
There were 3 Estes girls who married in Lawrence Co, Ark in the 1840's. These were Thomas' girls by his first wife:
Sarah Estes married Hugh Fortenberry, May 27, 1841
Mary M. Estes married Hardy M. Long, July 4, 1844
Susan Estes married Robert Tarter, June 12, 1845
These are the only Estes marriages found in Lawrence Co, Ark before 1850.
1850 Lawrence co, Ark, Richwood twp, p 195 -
Estes, Thomas - 51, b NC
Estes, Irena - 33 Tn
Long, Mary - 24 Tn [daughter]
Tarter, Susan A. - 21 Tn
Estes, Ann M. - 15 Tn
Estes, Hanah I. - 13 Tn
Estes, Elizabeth - 11 Tn
Estes, Thomas W. - 10 Ark
Estes, Nancy E. - 8 Ark
Estes, Delily C. - 6 Ark
Estes, John R. - 2 Ark
Estes, William M. - 2 mos Ark
Long, Lucinda - 4 Ark
Long - Matthew N. - 3 Ark
Long - Lemore H. - 3 mos Ark
The Estes were Baptists.
Thomas?s brother John Estes moved with his family to Washington in 1853, along with Thomas? daughter Susan Tarter?s family and a few others. I don?t know how many of John?s children also went to Washington, but presumably all or most of them did. John was killed by the Indians in a skirmish in 1856. Thomas then also moved to Washington in 1860 with ALL of his children except 3: Hannah (who stayed in Ark) and James Madison (who died in Mo in 1863), and Burris (who died in Ark in 1865). This effectively left only Thomas? brother Burris and his family as the only Estes families in Arkansas.
Nicholas Tarter wrote:
"In the year 1861, [should be1860] Grandfather, with his immediate family and several families of his sons-in-law and others, moved from Arkansas to the Walla Walla country in Washington Territory. A daughter, Hannah Estes Cope, remained in Arkansas the remainder of her life. . .
They . . . acquired their Dry Creek property . The valley of Dry Creek is about twenty-five miles long, more or less, and on an average one-half-mile wide. . . Grandfather's farm reached the entire width of the valley and a short distance on the upland of the side nearest Walla Walla. The large log dwelling was built on the above mentioned side at the edge of the valley and on a very gentle incline. The house consisted of three rooms. There was a large sitting room, and bedroom combined, with fireplace, and a kitchen which also served as dining room - downstairs. The whole upstairs was one large bedroom. There was a well of water about twenty feet from the kitchen. . .
About a mile-and-a-half below Grandfather's house, and on the same edge of the valley, was a school house in which school was kept and church services were held. Christian ministers, or Campbell's ministers as we then called them, established a class there. As there was no Baptist church near, Grandpa and Grandma joined this church.
Here my grandparents, with their younger children, lived happily for approximately twenty years. There were seven children at home in 1866. John, the oldest, was eighteen years of age and Sidney, the youngest, who was born on Dry Creek, was four years old. . .
My mother, Mrs. Susan Tarter, and her sister, Mrs. Sarah Sebring, visited their father and stepmother in the 1884. In order to provide them with a chicken dinner, Grandfather took his rifle (and) shot off a chicken's head to show them what he could do. He had not seen these daughters for years. . .
Read more at: http://stew.estes-eastes.org/16appendix.html
Children of Thomas Estes and second wife, Ann Malone [Irania] Estes:
Ann (Estes) Cope, born January 31, 1836.
Hannah (Estes) Cope, born August 10, 1837.
Martha Elizabeth (Estes) King, born February 10, 1839.
Thomas W. Estes, born December 10, 1840.
Nancy (Wiseman) Estes, born September 10, 1842.
Delila (Estes) Kincheloe, born January 23, 1844.
John R. Estes, born August 3, 1848.
William M. Estes, born April 18, 1850.
Irania (Estes) Gibbons, born June 11, 1852.
Hugh P. Estes, born December 11, 1854.
Lycurgus Winchester Estes, born January 13, 1858.
Cader Tipton Estes, born November 17, 1859.
Sidney J. Estes, born May 10, 1862."
He died in Walla Walla, Washington.
Aug 17, 1886 Will of Thomas Estes
In the name of God amen. I, Thomas Estes of Wall Walla County, Washington Territory, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament...I give to my beloved wife, Irena Estes, all my effects both real and personal to have and to hold during her natural life, and after her death to be disposed of in the following manner. To my children Sarah Sebring and Mary M. Long I give to each five dollars and to my children Thomas W. Estes, Hugh P. Estes, Lycurgus W. Estes, Cater T. Estes, Sidney J. Estes, Nancy E. Wiseman, Irena E. Gibbons, Hannah J. Cope and Martha E. King, I give the remainder in equal ... share and share alike and appoint Hugh P. Estes my executor without bond or the intervention of Probate. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.Thomas Estes
Thomas, Irania Malone Estes, and their son, John R. Estes are buried in what is described as
an abandoned cemetery above 970 Babcock Road in Prescott, Walla Walla County, WA.
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Find A Grave Memorial# 18565270
Father: Burris (Burroughs) ESTES b: 1765 in NC
Mother: Martha "Patsy" LLOYD b: ABT 1772 in Orange Co, NC
Emelia ?Milly? CATES b: 1803 in Orange Co, NC
4 NOV 1820
in Orange Co, NC
- Burris ESTES b: 31 AUG 1821 in Orange Co, NC
- James Madison ESTES b: 31 AUG 1821 in Orange Co, NC
- Sarah Cates "Sallie" ESTES b: 7 APR 1825 in Henry Co, Tn
- Mary Margaret ESTES b: 23 MAR 1827 in Henry Co, Tn
- Susan Abigail ESTES b: 7 APR 1829 in Paris, Henry Co, Tn
Irena MALONE b: 24 APR 1814 in Tennessee
15 APR 1833
in Henry Co, Tn
- Ann Malone ESTES b: 31 JAN 1836 in Tennessee
- Hannah Jordan ESTES b: 10 AUG 1837 in Henry Co, Tn
- Martha Elizabeth "Lizzie" ESTES b: 10 FEB 1839 in Tennessee
- Thomas Wesley ESTES b: 10 DEC 1841 in Fulton Co, Ark
- Nancy Emaline ESTES b: 10 SEP 1842 in Lawrence Co, Ark.
- Delila C. ESTES b: 23 JAN 1844 in Arkansas
- John R. ESTES b: 3 AUG 1848 in Fulton Co, Ark
- William M. ESTES b: 18 APR 1850 in Arkansas
- Irania E. ESTES b: 11 JUN 1852 in Lawrence Co, Ark.
- Hugh Pinkney ESTES b: 11 DEC 1854 in Fulton Co, Ark
- Lycurgus Wincester ESTES b: 13 JAN 1858 in Lawrence Co, Ark.
- Cader Tipton ESTES b: 17 NOV 1859 in Arkansas
- Sidney J. ESTES b: 10 MAY 1862 in Walla Walla Co, Washington