The cemetery in the village of Winslow, on the north bank of the Sebasticook, is probably the oldest in town. A committee was appointed by the town in 1772 to apply to Dr. Sylvester Gardiner for land for a burying ground on the Fort farm. Doctor Gardiner undoubtedly gave the land now in use, when visited by that committee. In this yard, beneath a slab of dark slate stone, one side smoothed for lettering, and the other side just as it was split from the quarry, lies the body of an eccentric citizen, who composed the following epitaph with strict injunctions that it should be inscribed on his tombstone just as written. It has been widely copied by the newspapers:
"Here lies the body of Richard Thomas,
An inglishman by birth,
A whig of 76,
By occupation a Cooper,
Now food for worms,
Like an old rumpuncheon marked numbered and shooked,
He will be raised again and finished by his creator.
He died Sept. 28, 1824, aged 75,
America my adopted country,
My best advice to you is this take care of your liberties."
Other Winslow Burial Grounds
Illustrated History of Kennebec County
edited by Henry D. Kingsbury and Simeon L. Deyo, 1892, p. 554-555