Capt Martin Kirtland 1735-1782Leave a Comment
Biography of Capt. Martin Kirtland by Wayne T. Bickley) June 2011
Birth: 31 March 1735 Saybrook, CT [Saybrook Vital Records from Barbour]
Death: 1782 Saybrook, CT [CT Probate Records Chester, CT] Buried in Cypress Cemetery Saybrook, CT
Headstone unreadable -Footstone had Capt. Martin .Kirtland.
Marriage: Captain Kirtland was Married 16 March 1758 to Sarah Meigs who was born 1 January 1735. She was the daughter of Capt. Josiah Meigs and first cousin to revolutionary hero Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs.
Children: Martin, B. 29 March 1759, Sarah, B. 19 February 1761, Charles, B. 27 October 1767, Mary, B. 19 August 1765, Elizur, B. 27 October 1767, Clarinda, B. to September 1773.
Education: No record of his education was found.
Military: He responded to the Lexington alarm in April 1775 as a second Lieut. [CT Men in Rev. pg. 72 and 77]. Ordered by Governor’s Council June 1 to Boston camps until end of service in Dec. [CT Men in Rev. pg. 72 and 77]. He re-entered service in Feb. 1776 as a 1st Lieut. in defense of Mamacock. Afterward Fort Trumbull [Col. Rec. Conn, Vol. XV, pp 245;463]. Appointed Captain of the 6th Reg. Continental Line, Col William Douglas [Rec. State Conn., Vol. 1 J)g 174]. This military service at New London, Mamacock, and Fort Trumbull, consisted of building fortifications to repel attacks from the British fleet [Hist. New London, F.M.. Caulkin, pp. 517-21] Service continued in summer 1777 with the 6th Reg. at Peekskill where it was encamped. August to October in Parsons Brigade under Gen. Putnam. Winter 1777-78 at West Point. Encamped during summer 1778 with the main army under Gen. George Washington at White Plains. Capt. Kirtland’s retirement follows Nov. 15, 1778 by rearrangement of officers [Conn Men in the Rev., pp. 205-206].
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Discussion: The revolutionary service of Capt. Martin Kirtland of Saybrook, CT begins in response to 1st call for troops in 1775 as a 2nd Lieutenant, Sixth Co., Capt. John Ely of the Ninth Reg., Col. Samuel Parsons, raised by Conn. In April and May and stationed at New London; Ordered by Governor’s Council June I to Boston camps; There posted at Roxbury in Gen, Spencer’s brigade until end of service in December CT Men in Rev. Pp. 72 and 77]. He re-entered service in Feb., 1776 as a 1st Lieutenant in Capt. Ely’s Co., for the defense of Mamacock. Afterward Fort Trumbull, and in July ,)n Capt Ely’s promotion was appointed Captain in his place [Col. Rec. Conn., Vol. XV, pp. 245, 463]. In Dec. the General Assembly appointed him 1st Lieut. in Capt. Nathaniel Saltonstall’s Artillery Co., to be stationed at 1’Jew London under the command of Maj. Jonathan Wells. [Rec. State of Conn pg.118]. A payroll dated Feb. 28, 1777, shows his service as Captain in Col. Erastus Wolcott’s Reg. at New London [Conn. Men in the Rev. P.613]. He served as Capt In the 6th Reg. under Col. WM. Douglas from 1777 to 1778 in Peekskill, NY and West Point under Gen. IS. Putnam upon movement against Fort Montgornery. He assisted in construction of fortifications, Meigs’ redoubt and redoubts on the east side of the Hudson River. Encamped with the main army under Gen. George Washington. Capt. Kirtland retired in Nov. 1778 [Conn. Men in the Revolution, pp. 205-206].
Capt. Kirtland died in 1782, but it is not known how he died. No record was found. other than his probate record. It is not known if he died from the effects of war or natural causes.
He served in the French and Indian war on the second call for troops for the invasion of Canada.