Brookfield in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Oak Hill Cemetery
Noted grave: Nathan Hatch, Revolutionary War soldier who came west with sons, Hiram and Edmund, in 1840’s. Remains possibly moved from earlier family burial ground.
Operated by Brookfield Cemetery Association from 1851; by Oak Hill Cemetery Association from 1905.
Erected 1971 by Waukesha County Historical Society. (Marker Number 02-05.)
Location. 43° 4.978′ N, 88° 8.695′ W. Marker is in Brookfield, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is on Brookfield Road half a mile south of Capitol Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookfield WI 53045, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Revolutionary War Veteran (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Brookfield (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 2½ miles away); The William Donaldson House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Dousman-Dunkel Behling Inn (approx. 3.3 miles away); Aitken Brothers Birth Place George L. Clarke House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Caroline Quiner "Ma" Ingalls Birthplace (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brookfield.
1. Additional History
Land was purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Clark Brookins before a cemetery was established on that land in 1854 by the Oak Hill Cemetery Association. Some burials were done earlier than that. The name of the cemetery was Brookfield Cemetery until 1905 when it was changed to Oak Hill Cemetery. There are between 150 to 200 people buried there. Originally, digging and filling graves cost $1.50. By 1877 it was raised to $2 with a lot of four graves costing $4. Old record books show some names and addresses of what appear to be lot owners, but there is no attempt to identify owners with graves or lots.
Many military veterans are buried at Oak Hill. The most famous person is Nathan Hatch, who was a Revolutionary War soldier. He had come to Brookfield in the 1840s with his sons and died on Nov. 10, 1847 at 90 years old. Veterans representing every war through World War II are buried here. The only exceptions is the Spanish-American War. There
A newspaper article from 1957 talks about how the cemetery had fallen into ruins helped along by vandals. Nobody had been maintaining the cemetery for many years, and it was basically forgotten. Since that time, many different groups have worked to bring the cemetery back to a beautiful place once again. Now the Oak Hill Cemetery Association is responsible for its maintenance. The cemetery is located on Brookfield Road just south of Capitol Drive in Brookfield.
— Submitted March 2, 2012, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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