Turhand Kirtland

Turhand Kirtland

Connecticut, USA
Death 16 Aug 1844 (aged 88)
Ohio, USA
Burial Poland, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA
Plot The Turhand Kirtland Family Plot
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A soldier of the American Revolution.

A founding member of historic St. James' Episcopal Church in Boardman, Ohio; and a member of its first Vestry.

"Turhand Kirtland was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, in the year 1755.In 1776 he was in the provisional service of New York at the time of the defeat of the American Army on Long Island, and was engaged on board the boats which
conveyed our forces over to the main land.He was a descendant of the family of Kirtlands, "Gentleman" of Sherrington,Buckinghamshire, England, which sent its first representatives to this country in 1635. The family settled in Lynn, Massachusetts, but later moved to Connecticut where for many generations it has held a prominent and influential position.
Turhand,of the fifth generation of Kirtlands in this country, was one of the proprietors of the Connecticut Land Company in the purchase of the Western Reserve from the mother state.In the first draft of the Company in 1798, he, with several others, under the name of Caleb Atwater, drew the township of Mecca and part of the township of Auburn, and in company with Messrs. Benjamin Doolittle, Samuel Doolittle, Seth Hart, Win. Law, Andrew Hull, Titus Street, Levi Tomlinson and Daniel Holbrook,under the name of Benjamin Doolittle, he drew the townships of Poland and Burton,and over two thousand acres in Kirtland, as well as many minor amounts in other townships. Three months after this draft, April 1798, he set out with his party of surveyors and settlers upon the arduous journey to the Northwest Territory, where lay these new possessions, and each succeeding summer he returned, until 1803,when his family accompanied him and he settled in Poland.
For many years he acted as agent for the Connecticut Land Company, and, until he retired from active business in 1834, he had charge of the greater part of the
lands of those proprietors of the Connecticut Land Company who resided in the East.He took a prominent part in the affairs of the Reserve, establishing Libraries and schools; as early as 1805 he had secured sufficient funds from the settlers to purchase a fine library for Poland, and this library was kept abreast of the times as
long as he lived. He was one of the first to urge the necessity of a western college and he contributed most generously both in time and money to that institution
which eventually became the Western Reserve College.
Turhand Kirtland was elected State Senator for Trumbull County in 18 14; he was Associate Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for several terms, and was Justice of the Peace in Poland for over twenty years. The Diary, relating his early experiences in New Connecticut, ends abruptly in
the fall of 1800. Presumably the remaining pages have been lost in the hundred and more years intervening, but enough remains to show the unflagging energy and indomitable perseverance of the man—no complaints, no regrets, no maligning, but a steady pushing forward amid the untold trials and privations of those pioneer days.The imprint for good, Judge Kirtland has left upon the character of the Western Reserve, will be felt for many succeeding generations."
Source: MARY L. W. MORSE in the Introduction to Turhand Kirtland's Diary, 1903. It is available online

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Turhand Kirtland/ Born November 16 1755/ Died August 16 1844

"Judge Kirtland gave this cemetery and green to the public 1804"

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Turhand Kirtland (16 Nov 1755–16 Aug 1844), Find a Grave Memorial no. 35473203, citing Poland Presbyterian Cemetery, Poland, Mahoning County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Dave Smith (contributor 47345338) .