Conant, Roger

Born: 1592? AD
Died: 1679 AD.

Nationality: English
Categories: Governor, Religious Leaders


1592 - Roger Conant was baptized on April 9th in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, the youngest of eight children. Puritan leader and colonial politician in Massachusetts.

1623 - He emigrated to Plymouth with his wife, Sarah and son, Caleb.

1624 - He was uncomfortable with the strict Pilgrim society in Plymouth and moved his family to Nantasket.

1625 - Conant was invited by the Rev. John White and other members of the Dorchester Company to move to their fishing settlement on Cape Ann as their governor.

1626 - Still looking for more favorable conditions for a settlement, he led a group of people to Naumkeag, now Salem and continued as their governor.

1627-1628 - A patent was solicited from England and it was obtained by a group led by John Endicott who arrived in Naumkeag.

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.

1679 - He died at the age of 87.
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