Thomas was the 3rd son of Nathaniel and Ann Breed born in Sudbury, Massachusetts in 1761. He came to Monadnock #6 with his parents in 1768. After leaving home, he established himself at D-3-11 where he may have operated a small tavern and inn. He lived here while he operated the fulling mill at D-4-13: 1794-1803. He moved to Antrim where he took over a similar business eventually converting it to a wool carding and weaving mill.