1J.H. Beers & Co., Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, Vol. 1, p. 383 (1912).
"(II) Lot Conant, of Beverly or Bass River, Mass., son of Roger, married Elizabeth Walton.".
1J.H. Beers & Co., Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, Vol. 1, pp. 382-383 (1912).
"(I) Roger Conant, who was baptized at All Saints' Church, in the parish of East Burleigh, Devonshire,England, April 9, 1592, was the youngest member of a family of eight children born to Richard and Agnes (Clarke) Conant, and grandson of John Conant, of Devonshire. He came to America in the ship "Ann" in 1623, landing at Plymouth, where his stay, however, was brief, on account of religious differences. Roger Conant was known as a "pious, sober and prudent gentleman." He was manager of the affairs of Dorchester Company, who made a settlement at Cape Ann, in 1625 being chose to take charge of that settlement, located on several islands in Glousecter Harbor, near Stag Head. He was founder of Salem in 1626, and was governor of the Colony until the arrival of John Endicott, late in 1628. Although not universally recognized as the first governor of Massachusetts, this distinction fairly belongs to Roger Conant, for the settlement of which he was the head made the first permanent home in Massachusetts, and was the germ from which sprang the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Roger Conant was the prominent man of those early days, and historians pay glowing tribute to his character and ability. He was a member of the second representative assembly that ever convened in America (the first being in Virginia), representing the town of Salem, where he held many important offices during his life, and with his wife was a member of the First Church of Salem, both signing the covenant in 1637. Mr. Conant died in Salem in 1679. His wife, Sarah Horton, whom he married in London, Nov. 11, 1618, was a native of the parish of St. Ann's, Blackfriars, London.".