This is the information I have regarding this:
Thomas served as a member of the Provincial Assembly in Pennsylvania. In 1753, he and his wife Ruth and children moved from Chester County, PA., to the Cane Creek area of North Carolina. They were among the ealy members of Cane Creek Meeting and among the organizers of Spring Meeting in 1773. Thomas donated 6 acres to Spring Meeting.
In September 1756 Thomas engaged, by contract, Hugh Laughlin to build and put into operation a grist mill on the banks of Cane Creek, which flows into Haw River. Later regulaters took 39 barrels of flour from the mill. The mill building was torn down in 1875.
Thomas had the Post Office in his home, known as Lindley Store.
Some sources claim Thomas died on the same day as the Battle of Lindley Mill. The battle was actualy on 13 September 1781. As far as I know there is no record of the cause of his death
"Moores History of North Caralina" says that during the revolutionry war, Battle of Cane Creek Soldiers were housed in Lindley's Mill. On Sept. 14, 1781 the battle of Lindley's Mill was fought. This engagement between North Caralina Whigs and Tories was the last battle of the Revolutionary War in North Caralina. The records indicate that the Quakers of Spring Meeting tended the wounded. The Shock of the conflict was too great for Thomas Lindley: he died that afternoon. Contribited by Susan Lindley Howell