Lot Conant and Elizabeth WALTON's daughter Elizabeth lived. Lot Conant, Jr. and Elizabeth PRIDE's daughter Elizabeth died young.Be careful what you get on the Internet.Take with Large grain of salt.
The Conants do, indeed, come from East Budleigh and Gittisham, as well as Honiton, which is in the same general area.They were NOT, however, descendants of French Huguenots.If anything, they welcomed Huguenot refugees to England.
Think about it.We know the Conants of Devonshire go back AT LEAST to 1520, and researchers since Frederick Odell Conant tell us they have traced the family to John born in Honiton, Devonshire in 1490.Remember those dates.
The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre that sent Huguenots stampeding out of France occurred on August 23, 1572.Until that time, Catherine de Medici ENCOURAGED the Huguenots as a balance against the powerful Guise family.So the Huguenots had no reason to leave priot to 1572.
So, even just going by the records we have in Devonshire it is CLEAR the Conant family was in England long before the Huguenots.In fact, the earliest form of the name Conant found in England occurs in the Patent Rolls in the year 1277.Personally, I'm not sure the Huguenots even existed at that time.
Now, the Conants of Lyndon Estate might well be descendants of French Huguenots, but if so they are obviously NOT our family.(Unless, of course, you want to go back even further in history to find the connection.)
We may be -- probably are -- from the Brittany region of France.The Celts (pronouced Kelts) were pushed across Europe to the coast of Brittany and finally shoved off so that they ended up in Devonshire, Cornwall and Wales, as well as parts of Ireland.Although the Conant name doesn't appear in surname dictionaries, most researchers believe it to be of Celtic origin.So, you could say we are of French background if that appeals to you, although to say we're of Celtic descent would be more accurate.
John Conant, b. about 1520 (no one really knows what month or date)was born at Gittisham and married Marie Budeley of the same town.In 1571 (actually, it reads "the 13th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth") he wasassessed for goods at the yearly value of one pound, according to the Subsidy Rolls.In 1581 he was still taxed at East Budleigh, but in 1588 the tax, four pounds, was paid by his son Richard, so it is believed the son had taken over the property.
In 1577 John Conant was a church warden in East Budleigh.This was considered to be a high position in the community and only members of leading families and recognized ability were elected to it.
John was buried at East Budleigh on March 30, 1596, according to the Parish Registers of East Budleigh.According to F. O. Conant in his 1887 book, it seemed probable that John was the son of the John Conant buried at Gittisham on September 4, 1559.It is probably from clues such as this that subsequent researchers have found the earlier John, b. 1490.It seems that John (maybe circa 1450?) was also the son of a John, so it gets a bit confusing if you're not paying rapt attention.
John of 1490 (not 1480) took a Marie to wife.We know this because he stated she was to be his sole executix in his will. It would be nice if we could find more records about the women.
Anyway, if you've managed to plow through all this, I hope it helps.