Thomas Lincoln was born in Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1759. He was largely employed in public business: was a justice of the peace for a long term of years; a member of the Board of Selectmen for ten consecutive years (1812-1821); was sent to Boston as a delegate to several conventions; and was a representative to General Court for the years 1815 and 1816.
At the age of 18 he was serving as a private in Captain Snow’s company in the War of the Revolution. He was captain of a company in 1791, and was commissioned major in 1795. From 1805 to May 1809 he held the rank of lieutenant-colonoel and colonel, and in June 1807, during the trade embargo, he was in command of the Third Regiment of the Bristol County Brigade as lieutenant-colonel. He was commissioned a Brigadier General in May 1809. He resigned in May 1814. [Source: History of Taunton, by Emery]
Addressed to Col. Thomas Lincoln, Taunton
23 March 1809
The Commander in Chief, in pursuance of the advise of Council, orders that in future whenever any Regiment or Company shall be divided by the order of the Governor & Counsil, the Field & Staff Officers of such Regiment & the Officers of such Company shall remain & be attached to the original Regiment or Company and the new Regiment so created, as also the new Companies, shall respectively have new officers to be elected agreeably to the provisions of Law either from the new Corps or from among the original Field or Company Officers as the electors may deem proper.
By order of the Commander in Chief
Signed William Donnison, Adjt. General
Division Orders Head Quarters
Plymouth 30th March 1809
The Major General orders & directs that strict obedience be paid to the forgoing General Order when either of the above cases occur.
By order of the Major Gen’l, 5th Division
N. Hayward, Aide de Camp to Maj. Gen’l.
A true copy.
Attest Elk. Bates, Brig Major 2d Brigade, 5th Division