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Roger Conant (b. Apr 09, 1592, d. Nov 19, 1679)Roger Conant (son of Richard Conant and Agnes Clarke)920, 921, 922, 923, 924, 925, 925, 926, 927, 928, 929, 930, 931, 932, 932, 932, 932 was born Apr 09, 1592 in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England933, 934, 935, 936, 937, 938, 939, and died Nov 19, 1679 in Beverly, Essex MA USA.He married Sarah Horton on Nov 11, 1618 in St Anns, London, , England940, 941, 942, 943, daughter of Thomas Horton and Catherine Satchfield.
Notes for Roger Conant:
Roger Conant was born in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England in 1592, the youngest of eight children.
In 1623 he emigrated to Plymouth with his wife, Sarah and son, Caleb.However, he was uncomfortable
with the strict Pilgrim society in Plymouth and moved his family to Nantasket in 1624. In the late
autumn of 1625, Conant was invited by the Rev. John White and othermembers of the Dorchester
Company to move to their fishing settlement on Cape Ann as theirgovernor.Still looking for more favorable
conditions for a settlement, he led a group of people to Naumkeag, now Salem, in 1626, and continued as
their governor. In 1627 a patent was solicited from England and it was obtained by a group led by John
Endicott who arrived in Naumkeag in 1628. Endicott and the other settlers of the New England Company
now owned the rights to Naumkeag. Fortunately for the peaceful continuity of the settlement, Conant remained
in Salem and, despite whatmust have been a disappointment for him, acceded to Endicott's authority as the
Conant built the first Salem house on what is Essex Street today, almost opposite the Town Market. In 1639,
his was one of the signatures on the building contract for enlarging the meeting house in Town House Square
for the First Church in Salem.This document remains part of the town records at City Hall. He was active in the
affairs of the town throughout his life. In 1679, he died at the age of 87.
This dramatic, cloaked statue of Roger Conant faces the Salem Common and stands atop a huge boulder brought
from the woods near the floating bridge at Lynn.Artist Henry H. Kitson designed this heroic bronze statue for the
Conant Family Association and the statue was dedicated on June 17, 1913.
Roger Conant and Salem
A handsome statue of Roger Conant, the founder ofSalem, stands outside the Salem Witch Museum. Because
of the statue's proximity to the museum and because of his cloak and hat and generally impressive appearance, Roger
Conant is often mistaken for a participant in the Salem witch trials. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
We know that Roger Conant was baptized in All Saints Church in the parish of East Budleigh, Devonshire,
England on April 9, 1592. His father was the leadingmerchant of Clayton, a neighboring parish. Family tradition
says that as a boy young Roger met Sir Walter Raleigh.Later Conant and his young family came to New England
probably arriving in Plymouth in 1622.The Dorchester Company established a fishing settlement on Cape Anne
during the winter of 1623-24 under a charter with England. Located at Stage Point, now Gloucester, the company
invited Roger Conant to join them in 1625 as their governor "for the management and government of all their affairs
at Cape Ann".After a year's residence, Conant became convinced of the need for a more permanent
settlement and found an ideal site at the mouth of the Naumkeag River (now the City of Salem).
There the settlement thrived and grew by farming as well as fishing. When Governor Endicott arrived in 1628,
he incorporated Conant and his men into the new government. (The Dorchester Company went into bankruptcy in
1627 and became the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629 under charter from England). Known as the Old Planters,
Conant and his followers lent continuity to the new settlement and can be considered the founding fathers of
Naumkeag, renamed Salem for "Shalom" or Peace on June 29, 1629. Roger Conant died on November 19, 1679
considering himself "...an instrument, though a weak one, of foundering and furthering this colony..."
After Conant's death, the colony suffered through the witch trials of 1692. As the world grew
smaller in the 18th-century, Salem took a leading role in developing international trade routes
and enjoyed a period of prosperity and fame. The 19th-century saw the advent of immigrants
who enriched the business and cultural life of the city as shipping was replaced by rail
transportation. Born in Salem on July 4, 1805, Nathaniel Hawthorne took inspiration from his
native streets. By the 20th- century Salem had grown from a colony struggling with crisis to a
Today Salem is a city of fascinating complexity. Traces of her history can be seen everywhere
from the 17th-century buildings, the priceless items brought back from exotic ports by Salem
ship captains, the extraordinary architecture and the multi-ethnic character of her streets. The
city of Salem attracts visitors today as the harbor and rivers and fields of Naumkeag drew
Roger Conant over 300 years ago.
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More About Roger Conant:
Arrival: 1624, Plymouth, Massachusetts.944
More About Roger Conant and Sarah Horton:
Marriage: Nov 11, 1618, St Anns, London, , England.945, 946, 947, 948
Children of Roger Conant and Sarah Horton are:
- +Lot Conant, b. 1624, Nantasket Cape Ann MA USA949, 950, 951, 952, 953, 954, 955, 956, 957, d. Sep 29, 1674, Beverly, Essex MA USA958, 959.