- My Mother - Mabel Marion ANDREW
- My Grandmother - Eleanor Louise “Nell” RICHARDSON
- My Great Grandmother - Isabella Harriet “Ella” COMPTON
Ella’s mother Eliza was also a COMPTON by birth. In fact, I think that my multiple COMPTON ancestors went out of their way to contribute to my pedigree collapse! Ella was the eldest of 9 children born to George COMPTON (1835-1903) and Eliza Pring COMPTON (1833-1890), who were also second cousins to each other, as outlined in the following chart.
Eliza’s middle name PRING is quite distinctive. Some list it incorrectly as Pringle, but there is a maternal PRING relative who Eliza was most likely named after. Eliza’s mother Hannah JEFFERY had an older sister named Eliza JEFFERY whose second husband was Samuel PRING. As this sister didn’t have any children, Hannah decided to use her sister’s married name when she named her daughter Eliza PRING COMPTON. There are other examples of this practice in my Compton lines.
The population in PEI was growing in the 1850s, but still the settlements were small and family sizes large, creating a shortage of suitable mates. So as mentioned, Eliza married her second cousin George COMPTON (born 1835 in Charlottetown PEI) on the 11 Mar 1858 in St Johns Anglican Church, St Eleanors. They settled in the area and took to farming some of the Compton land. I’m not sure if this George was the one who won prizes for his sheep and turkeys at the Fall Exhibition in 1890, but I had previously attributed these prizes to another relative George Major COMPTON who married a different Eliza and also lived in this area. It could have been either one.
Eliza Pring had already died back in 1890 at the age of 57, after only her oldest daughter Ella had married, and only two of her 25 grandchildren had been born. Eliza's husband George married again in 1895, but died in Feb 1903 (just months before their youngest daughter Nell). Unfortunately, I have no photos of either of them. I believe they lived their entire lives on Prince Edward Island, but have found very few records of their daily lives except for the births, baptisms and marriages of their children to mark and add colour to the passing of their years.