History - Port Mouton Island

Port Mouton Island was at one time called Doggett's Island.
Here are some excerpts from Some Liverpool Chronicles by Janet Mullins:
Three brothers, John Doggett, born in Massachusetts in 1724, Ebenezer born in 1726, and Samuel, born in 1728, all became Liverpool pioneers.
John moved from Plymouth to Scituate, Massachusetts, where he was a sea captain.
He was later keeper of Doggett's Ferry, which later became Little's Bridge.
In Scituate he married Abigail House, daughter of a prominent citizen.
In the settlement of Liverpool, John Doggett proved himself a most valuable pioneer. The small colony, greatly discouraged, would have returned to Massachusetts the first autumn had he not exerted himself to persuade them to remain. Some did return. The remainder he kept at his own house, providing for them as well as circumstances permitted, at a considerable outlay for which the government partially reimbursed him. He was one of the first appointed to office in the Township.
His first office was that of truckmaster, having the management of the trade with the Indians. He was the first registrar of deeds, and in 1764, he was appointed justice of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for Queens County, justice of the peace and a militia officer. He was a member of the House of Assembly from 1770 to 1792 at which time he died.
Ichabod, son of John, sold some real estate in Scituate for his mother in 1798, and in 1805 Abigail sold Doggett's Island (Port Mouton) to Benoni Gardner.
The Doggett family contributed in a very great measure to the successful settlement of Liverpool. They had as direct ancestors three generations of men experienced in colonizing the New England States. So well recognized were their qualifications for thse ventures that Committees of Settlement sought their services. They had courage, initiative, resourcefulness, common sense and the skills required for wresting a livelihood from land and sea. Where they built there were solid foundations. There should be a tablet in Liverpool today memorializing John Doggett for the part he played in its founding.

In The Diary Of Simeon Perkins
19 Mar Thur  John Doggett, Esq. Is very ill
20 Mar Fri John Doggett died on Port Mouton Island
24 Mar Tue Today the body of John Doggett, Esq is brought from Port Mouton Island (granted to him in 1763). He departed this life last Friday evening after a tedious and lingering Illness.
25 Mar Wed The funeral of John Doggett, Esq.

Port Mouton Island About 1920--Thanks to Tim MacDonald for the above picture of Port Mouton Island when there were houses and wharves. The house near the center with a small x above it was the home of the late Enos and Esther (Jollimore) Roy. "Their grand daughter the late Evelyn (Roy) Whynot was born there in 1922 and she had lots of interesting stories to tell me about growing up on 'the island'. Evelyn died in 1990 and I have a few other photos of her, with her sisters Ethel and Marion, her mother, Althea Roy and grandmother, Esther Roy all taken before 1940 on Port Mouton Island," said Tim.

Sheep On The Island
The earliest recorded reference to domestic sheep in Canadian history is to the arrival of two wethers aboard DeMont's pioneer vessels at Port Mouton, Nova Scotia in May 1604.

Translation of Champlain�s map, above, with special thanks to QCT viewer,  Kathryn O�Dell.
Les lieux o�ent les vaisseaux.
   The place where the vessels (ships) are put (land or drop anchor).
Le lieu o�s fismes nos logemens.
   The place where we built (???) our houses (there is no such word as
fismes' as far as I know!! - even my English/French dictionary does not have it and "logements" has a "t" in it)
C Un estang.
   No clue what this word means in either English or French unless it is a
maybe a pond of some sort
(actually it is probably supposed to be �ng which does mean a pond)
D Une isle �'entr�du port, couverte de bois.
   An island at the entrance of the port - covered in woods
Une rivi� qui EST assez basse d'eau.
   A river that has fairly low water
Un estang(l).
   Once again probably �ng meaning a pond (if you look at it being at the end of the river like that it is most probably a pond)
G Ruisseau assez grand qui vient de l'estang f.
   A large enough stream that comes from the pond labeled "f"
6 Petites isles qui sont dans Le port.
   6 small islands that are in the harbour
Campagne o�n'y a que Des taillis & bruy�s fort petites(2).
   Countryside where there is nothing but thickets and small strong heather
La coste du cost�e la mer.
   The seasides (or coastline)


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