Adjacent to the Jackson County History Center campus is the Old Brownstown City Cemetery. According to the 1991 History of Jackson County Indiana, John Milroy established the Brownstown Cemetery when he platted Brownstown on April 8, 1816. In 1836 the cemetery was surveyed again which revealed that over thirty graves were outside of the eastern boundary line. Consequently, the eastern boundary line was moved 14 feet to the east.

Many of the early burials were not marked. Instead, most families recorded the births, deaths and marriage dates in their family Bibles which were passed down from generation to generation. Among the 240 burials in this cemetery we find six Civil War soldiers, a daughter of a Revolutionary War soldier, several members of the Masons, numerous children and infants, and last, but not least, is Dr. Samuel Wort and his 5 wives.

Dr. Wort died on August 15, 1863. Born in Pennsylvania on July 20, 1791, Samuel Wort was married 5 times (and possibly 6). His first wife likely died in Pennsylvania. He had 8 children, and one of them became a Doctor. In addition to Wort and several of his wives, his mother is also buried in the Old Brownstown City Cemetery.



N Water St North of Walnut Street. Brownstown, IN 47220