FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth
REMOVES: Massachusetts Bay by 1627
RETURN TRIPS: Not seen in New England after 1630, so perhaps returned to England by then
OCCUPATION: Grocer (in England).
OFFICES: Massachusetts Bay trial jury, 9 November 1630 [MBCR 1:81].
ESTATE: In the 1623 Plymouth land division "Christopher Connant" was granted one acre as a passenger on the Anne in 1623 [PCR 12:5].
BIRTH: Baptized East Budleigh, Devonshire, 13 June 1588, son of Richard and Agnes (Clarke) Conant [Conant Gen 13, 56].
DEATH: After 9 November 1630, place unknown.
MARRIAGE: (1) St. Ann Blackfriars, London, 13 August 1617 Sicily Croxon; "Mrs. Cannant" bur. St. Lawrence Jewry 19 August 1618 "in the Sout Ile near the Lower End" [NEHGR 147:239].
(2) Shobrooke, Devonshire, 14 September 1619 "Christopher Conant, of London, merchant, and Mrs. Anne Wilton."
CHILDREN: None recorded.
ASSOCIATIONS: Brother of ROGER CONANT of Salem.
COMMENTS: We have assumed here that all these records pertain to the same Christopher Conant. The two marriages in England would seem to belong to the brother of Roger Conant, since the first occurred in the same parish as did Roger's marriage, and the second called him of London.
In Plymouth in 1623 Christopher Conant received only one acre, implying that he did not have with him a wife or children. It may be, then, that his second wife had died very soon after marriage and that Christopher was again a single man.
Since he was not in Plymouth in 1627, but was in Massachusetts Bay in late 1630, it may be hypothesized that he followed his brother Roger to Nantasket, then to Cape Ann and Naumkeag. But the mystery remains as to why he vanished so completely from the records after 1630.