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CONANT Roger

Male Abt 1626 - Yes, date unknownDeceased


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  • Name  CONANT Roger 
    Born  Abt 1626  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Roger Conant was the first white child born in Salem, Massachusetts.

      From The Annals of Salem: from its First Settlement by Joseph Barlow Felt, page 256:

      The question whether John Massey or Roger Conant was the first child, born in Salem, formerly received considerable attention from some. Jan, 1640, Roger Conant had land as the first born child of this town. John Massey petitions, March 1686, for the Ferry, as "the oldest man now living in Salem, that was born here." March 1704, the Church voted John Massey an old bible, "he being considered the first town born child." The truth appears to be that Roger Conant was the first child born in Salem. But as he and his father were set off to Beverly years before Massey's petition, Massey, when petitioning for the Ferry, was the oldest man then living in Salem, who had been born there. The phrase in the Church Records, which represents Massey as the first born of this town, seems to have been either a misconstruction of the words of his petition, or a mistake of tradition respecting him.
    Gender  Male 
    Land Grant  21 Jan 1639/40  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • From The Annals of Salem: from its First Settlement by Joseph Barlow Felt, page 127:

      1640. January. [...] 21st, Roger Conant, son of him who was among the first settlers here, was granted 20 acres of land, "being the fifrst born child in Salem."
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID  I14624  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 

    Father  CONANT Roger,   b. Abt 1591,   d. 19 Nov 1679, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: ~ 88 years 
    Mother  HORTON Sarah,   b. 1598,   d. Between Nov 1666 and 1 Mar 1677  Age: 68 years 
    Married  11 Nov 1618  Saint Ann's Blackfriar, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2401  Group Sheet

    Family  WESTON Elizabeth,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  Bef 22 Jan 1661/62 
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F5193  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S311] The Annals of Salem, Joseph B. Felt, (Salem, MA: W. & S.B. Ives, 1827.), p. 127. (Reliability: 3), 4 Jan 2011.