From Bowbly family Organization at www.bowlbyfamily.org:
Thoams was a Private in the military
1- He was an Attorney by occupation.
2- Thomas [ also known as "Esq. Thom"] was an important man in the settlement. He was a surveyor, Justice of the Peace and Judge of the court, but with all these "blushing honors" his wife was even more powerful; for she could pick up a barrel of cider, and drink from the bung-hole.