16 Jun 2014 4:02 PM | Debi Curry (Administrator)

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

  • In the Hetchell grave yard lie the bodies of David Smiley, John Tailor and wife, and other early settlers.

  • Benjamin Runnels and some other contemporaries were buried on his farm, now owned by Dr. H. H. Campbell.
  • A similar burying place is to be seen on the Brown farm, where some members of the Hale, Newell and other old families were buried.
  • One half acre of land bought by the town of David Guptill in 1854, adjoining a piece consecrated to that use by the McClintock family, in which were the graves of Abigail Robinson and her mother, constitute the McClintock burying ground.
  • The Drummond burial ground on the river road was given to the family about 1840, by John Drummond. Lots are now sold to any one for burial purposes.
  • The Crosby grave yard was accepted and fenced by the town in 1881.
  • On the William Stratton farm, the Stratton family have a private burial ground; and on the river road is the Tufton Simpson ground.
  • General Ezekiel Pattee, who died in 1813 at the age of eighty-two, gave the burying ground on the river road, in which his body now lies. Near by, also, appear the tombstones of Colonel Josiah Hayden, who lived in 1818, eighty-one years old, and Manuel Smith, who died in 1821, eighty years old--both prominent men of their times.
Illustrated History of Kennebec County
edited by Henry D. Kingsbury and Simeon L. Deyo, 1892, p. 554-555

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