As more setters were becoming established on Prince Edward Island, the local government began to form. Certain members of the community in good standing were chosen for specific appointments by the government. Some of these appointments included, Constables & Fence Viewers, Petit Jurors, Road Commissioners, Commissioner of the Peace, Commissioners to Provide Food and Seed, Census Takers, Wharfingers, Justices of the Peace, Enumerators, Tax Collectors. Some of these appointments may be unfamiliar, therefore definitions for some are provided below.
Fence Viewer: a local official who administers the fence laws (as by inspection of new fence and settlement of disputes arising from trespass by livestock that have escaped enclosure.56
Petit Jurors: were people who were appointed to represent their community by sitting as jurors at trials. Petit Juror attendance at trials was mandatory.57
Commissioners to Provide Food and Seed: a person assigned to distribute seed grain and potatoes to destitute Islanders; to enforce the act which states, “to provide seed and food for certain settlers, and to regulate the distribution thereof and mode of re-payment.”58
Wharfinger: the operator or manager of a commercial wharf59
During the 19th century, the following residents of Lot 32 were assigned the following positions:
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George Hartz - North River
James Wilson - West River60
William Warren (North River * Malpeque Road)
Dond. McKinnon lt.
William Bearstoe (West River)
William Hyde, jun.61
John Gardner (North River & Malpeque Road)
William Hyde, sen. (West River & Lot 65)
William Hyde, jun.
Cristian Boisner (North River & Malpeque Road
John Wilson (West River & Dog River)
John McLean, Jun.
Thomas Hyde, Jun.
William Warren, sen. (North River & Malpeque Road)
William Crosby (West River & Dog River)
Wm. Warren, jun.
William H. Hyde
William Warren (North River & Malpeque Road)
William Hyde, sen. (West River & Dog River Lot 65)
Arch. S. McDonald
Wm. Hyde, Jun.
Christian Boisner (North River)
John Hyde (West River & Dog River)
Neil McKinnon (North River)
Nicholas Morsehead (North, West & Dog Rivers)
James Wilson, Jr.
1829 – Thomas Todd, No. 29, 30, 31, 32 West of the North River and Lot 6569
1840 – Thomas Tod, Nos. 29, 30, 31, 32 West side of York River and Lot 5670
Commissions of the Peace
1834 – John Small Macdonald, Elliot River for Queen’s County71
Committees to Provide Food and Seed:
1846 & 1847 – William Crosby, Lot 32
John Moore, North River72
1848 & 1850 – Owen Curtiss, No. 3273
1871 – Charles Hooper, Lot 3274
1891 – Lot 32 – John Hooper, Milton; Alexander C. Shaw, St. Catherines75
1911 – North River – Wm. J. Howard76
1864 – John McPhee – North River Bridge
Hector McLean, Sr. – Elliott River77
1867 – Mr. George Warren of York River, to be Wharfinger for Poplar Island Bridge, in the place of Mr. John MacPhee78
Justices of the Peace (Queen’s County)
1864 – Wm. Hyde, Point, Elliott River
William Crosby, Elliott River
Jacon Dockendorff, York River (probably means Jacob)
John MacPhee, York River
Alexander McKinlay, Lot 3279
1912 – George McDonald, Cornwall, Lot 32.80
1820 – John Scott, North River81
1880 – Pierce Costello, Cornwall for Lots 31, and 32 and north part of Lot 65.82
1910 – Leigh H. Warren, North River, for Lot 32.83