A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for John CONANT
John Conant lived in the parish of East Budleigh, Devonshire, England, but was probably born about the year 1520 at Gittisham, some ten or twelve miles northeast. John "was descended from ingenuous parents of Gittisham, near Honiton, whose ancestors for many generations had been fixed here but were originally of French extraction", according to The Life of Dr. John Conant
, written in 1700. In 1577, John Conant and Edmond Fowler were church wardens of East Budleigh. In those days the office of church warden was of considerable importance, and only members of the leading families, and such as were of recognized ability were elected to that important office.
History and Genealogy of the Conant Family in England and America
, by Frederick O. Conant, Portland, Maine, 1887. John Conant was assessed a tax on goods in the year 13 Elizabeth (1571). He was churchwarden in East Budleigh in 1577. He was taxed again there in 1581, but not in 1588. He may have been the son of the John Conant who was buried in Gittisham Sept. 4, 1559. Gittisham is north of Budleigh about 15 miles.
His surname also appears as Counnet.
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