Hubert wrote a series of articles for The Prince Edward Island Magazine providing much information about the early history of St. Eleanors. The following excerpts are from articles written by Hubert G. Compton, which appeared in The Prince Edward Island Magazine: Vol. I, No. 5, July, 1899, p. 167-171; Vol. I, No. 6, August, 1899, p. 224-226; Vol. II, No. 1, March, 1900, p. 25-28; Vol. II, No. 11, Jan., 1901, p. 366-369. (cf. the family history - The Jeffery Family of the Isle of Wight and Prince Edward Island, 1998 by Betty M. Jeffery and Carter W. Jeffery)
Lot 17 - The 1863 Lake Map - cf. www.islandregister.com-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The first settlers of St. Eleanor’s by the late Hubert G. Compton:Upon his (Captain Compton) arrival on the
The construction occupied the space of about two years, being completed in the year 1806. The house when completed was named the Pavillion. It stood on a beautiful site a short distance below where the present homesteads now stand, overlooking the water of
Their (the Acadians) little chapel first stood in the vicinity of Raynor’s Creek. These were the first to take up land in St. Eleanors, but when they later on purchased 10,000 acres for themselves in the neighboring district now known as the village of Miscouche, they took their chapel with them, together with their other goods, and out of the material of which it was formed they built a residence for their devoted priest. This house still stands, not now however as the Glebe House, but as the humble residence of a habitant.
…At this time the little church stood on the Pavilion Farm…and between services, as the congregation was seated on the banks of the spring, which rose from a hill not far from where the church stood…
Referring in conclusion, once more, to the old chapel, it may be interesting to state as in a way corroborative of the truth of this history that the writer, when a child, with his father, Major Thomas Compton, often dined with the priest at his residence which was formerly the chapel mentioned elsewhere in this article, and which was moved from Raynor’s Creek upon the transfer of the property from Lot 19 to the vicinity of the Pavillion where it remained until its last removal to Miscouche.
The “Broad” Farm which just before the time of writing again changed hands, is of considerable historic interest in North St. Eleanor’s. The writer was born on this farm in the year 1831, the property being at that time owned by his father. In 1834 it passed by purchase into the hands of Hon. James Yeo. The immediate reason of the transfer was a disaster which happened to Mr. Compton in the loss by fire of a fine dwelling house which had just been completed, when the conflagration swept it away. It had not as yet, however, been occupied by the family. The date of the fire was November the fifth- a bon-fire ungrateful as it was unintentional.
At night we boys indulged our sporting proclivities in this sport, chiefly in pursuit of the sportive eel. The way we fished them was somewhat unique. First we constructed torches of birch barkstrips bound with slender spruce roots. Then swinging ourselves lightly into the very middle of the springs with the aid of the friendly second growth spruce trees that bordered the stream, by that adroit turn of the wrist we drew the eels out one after another till the water became too muddy to see any more.
In youth I loved to wander through the woods with my gun and faithful dog; no other companions I sought for palpable reasons. There were but few families residing near us at this time whose members, if they had the same inclinations as mine – but I fancy they had not- were perhaps employed in pursuits of greater profit. At the same time, however, my lessons were not neglected. Our teacher was Wm. Coates, Esq., a gentleman who emigrated to this
In a brook that ran below our house were to be found many fine trout. At this brook in those days all the washing of the house was done under the shade of the tree. At the washing place a large pine log lay across the brook, forming a natural bridge for all who passed that way to and from the houses.
I remember with pleasure my wandering through the dark shades of the forest. An abundance of game was than hidden beneath the branches of some of the many giants of the wood towering so far above us.
A closert look at the Compton Properties - Lot 17
cf. The 1863 Lake Map - www.islandregister.comThe other day I was down the Dekker Road (just off Rte. 2 in St. Eleanors) northward to see if I could eyeball where the Comptons might have lived from looking at the Lake Map above. As the road came to an end I turned left on to the Lyle Road then came upon the Compton Road which went towards the shore, then it turned into one lane and turned left again but the Compton road continued on an old tree lined road which led to the shore - on the map above I think this is the road that leads down to the "old store".