What's with the Tombstone?

THE INSCRIPTION ON THE TOMBSTONE OF JOSHUA THOMAS

Joshua Thomas, called "The Parson of the Islands" by the inhabitants of the Island in the Chesapeake Bay, was born on 4 July 1776 and died on 8 October 1853 at 77 years of age. He was buried in St. Peter's* Methodist Churchyard on Deal Island, Somerset Couny, MD, on the east side of the church. Similar inscriptions have been found on tombstones of those buried in and around the area. - Gail M. Walczyk

For a biography of Joshua Thomas click here: http://www.goldsboroughsmarine.com/goldmar/thomas/index.html.

* Gail got the name of the church wrong. Joshua Thomas is buried at the St. John's Methodist Episcopal Church and Joshua Thomas Chapel on Deal Island. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deal_Island,_Maryland and also http://mht.maryland.gov/nr/NRDetail.aspx?HDID=1075&COUNTY=Somerset&FROM=NRCountyList.aspx?COUNTY=Somerset). Thanks to Cynthia Johnson for pointing out this error!