COOK FITCH KIRTLAND, who spent his entire life in Poland township, Mahoning County, was born here September
21, 1826, and died in his 70th year, on April 14, 1896. He was a son of Henry T. Kirtland, who was born November
16, 1795. From the period of the first settlements the Kirtland family has beenprominent in the history of this
Turhand. Kirtland, the grandfather of Cook F. Kirtland, was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, November 16, 1775,
and came to Ohio in early manhood at a time when only trails led through the dense forests. Accompanied by his
brother Jared, and his sister and her husband, Jonathan Fowler, he made the trip from Beaver, Pennsylvania (then
known as Mackintosh), to Poland township, Mahoning County, in a canoe, arriving here on the 29th of May, 1799.
Turhand and his brother located homes here but did not bring on their families until 1802. Mr. and Mrs. Fowler
lived in a cloth tent for the first six weeks, which was pitched on the west bank of Yellow Creek near the flouring
mill. Subsequently they erected substantial homes in which the first white child of the township was born, Rachel
Fowler. It is said that when Turhand Kirtland removed from Connecticut to western Pennsylvania he brought the first
wagon to the town of Warren, but was forced to leave it at that place when he continued his journey to Ohio, as
there were no roads. He was well known as a land agent and as a public spirited citizen. In 1800 he officiated
at the first marriage in' the township held on his farm, the contracting parties being John Black and Nancy Bryan.
In 1804 he started a tavern, in a frame building situated on the high ground east of Yellow Creek, and ran this
as a first class inn for a time. The large public square in Poland and the cemetery were donated by him, and the
church lot was given by his son, Henry Turhand. The salt spring tract belonged to him and others whom he represented.
Cook Fitch Kirtland, whose portrait may be seen on a neighboring page, was reared in Poland township. He engaged
in banking and other business, being also the owner and operator of several fine farms. His first wife was Maria
Perkins Swift. The two children born of this marriage are deceased, the son, Henry Turhand, dying at the age of
19 years and the daughter, Maria, at the age of io. On February 3, 1876, Mr. Kirtland was united in marriage with
Harriet Swift, a cousin of his first wife, and daughter of Lucian and Sarah (West) Swift. She was born in Akron,
Ohio, being the eldest of four children in the parental family and was graduated from the schools of Cleveland,
Ohio. Two children were born of the second marriage, Isabell and Lucian Swift. The former, who was educated at
Waterbury, Connecticut, is the wife of George S. Bishop, of Poland Village, and has two sons - George Kirtland
and Fitch Kirtland Bishop. Lucian Swift Kirtland, a graduate of Yale University, is a journalist of Minneapolis,
Hon. Zephaniah Swift, the grandfather of Mrs. Kirtland, was for many years a judge in the higher courts of Connecticut.
His son, Lucian, her father, was born in Connecticut, June 2, 1808, and died in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1890. At the
age of 20 years he removed to Ohio, settling in Summit county, where he married Sarah West, a daughter of Captain
Thomas West, who for many years sailed a ship from Martha's Vineyard and lived to be 83 years old. Lucian Swift
was active in public life. He served as clerk of the probate courts and filled other offices in the gift of the
people. His wife lived to an advanced age, dying in 1906, at the age of 86 years. Of the children of Lucian. Swift,
his son Lucian moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1875, and was subsequently manager of the Minneapolis Journal.
He is married and has a family. Grace Huntington lived with her mother in Cleveland until the latter's decease.
Thomas died in Cleveland in 1881.
Mrs. Kirtland has resided for many years past in the fine old brick mansion in Poland, which was erected by her
late husband long before the war. It resembles a modern dwelling notwithstanding its age, and, is a most charming
20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897
Mahoning County, Ohio Biographies
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