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Notes for Lot CONANT


Lot Conant seems to have lived at Marblehead as early as 1657. He was was selectman there in 1662, had one cow's commonage in 1667 and on 25 May 1674 is recorded as one of the 114 householders. On 20 Nov 1666 his father gave him the homestead at Beverly with 32 acres adjoining and 72 acres in other parts of the town. On the same day Lot leased the homestead with three acres adjoining, composing the southern part of the home farm, to his father and mother for an annual rent of "one Indian corn." About this time he probably moved to Beverly and built a house near his father's, as "a dwelling house and orchard containing about 4 acres, with an old house of his father" is mentioned in the inventory of his estate. On 4 Jul 1667 he was one of those granted dismissal from the First Church of Salem in order to form a church at Bass River - or Beverly. His will was witnessed by Roger and Exercise Conant on 26 Sep 1674.
King Phillip's War began just a few month's after Lot's death, and his family must have suffered some of the consequences. King Philip's War (1675-1676) was one of the bloodiest and most costly in the history of America. One in ten soldiers on both sides was injured or killed and it was many years before Plymouth and the other colonies recovered from the resulting property damage.
The outcome of King Philip's War was devastating to the traditional way of life for Native Americans in New England. Hundreds of those who fought with King Philip (Metacomet) against the colonists were sold into slavery abroad. Others, especially women and children, were forced to become servants locally. As the traditional base of existence changed due to the Colonists' victory, the Wampanoag and other local Native American communities were forced to change the basic aspects of their culture in order to survive.

Will of Lott Conant: I Lot Conant aged about fiftie yeers being sicke and weak, yet of p'fit understanding doe hereby declare my last will and testament wherein in the first place I doe bequeth my soule unto god that gave it, and my body to the grave in hope of a blessed resurrection: and for my outward estate ,and goods I doe bequeath and give unto my five sonns to each of them fiftie pounds and unto my sonn nathaniel the shop and tools over & above the rest, and unto my five daughters twenty pounds to each of them and this estate I leave to be whole and unbroken till they come to full age or to marriage estate and in the meane time the whole to rest in the hands of my wife, and for the bringing up of the children and further more my will is that my wife be executrix and that the Iand be not at all disposed off from the children and that my wife have the dwelling house and orchard for her life time. and also that my kinwoman mari Leach have a cow or heifer at her being married or going from my wife. And for help unto my wife in this matter I doe instruct and designe mr. John Hale, Captaine Lathrop and my brother Exercise Conant to be assisting. hereunto I have subscribed my hand this 24 of the 7 month 1674. Witness Roger Conant (signed) Lot Conant, Exercise Conant Roger Conant and Exercise Conantt sworn in Court at Salem the 26: 9 mo: 1674 that they were present as witnesses when Lott Conant signed and procIaimed the above written as his last will and testament and there is no later will they know of, the said Lott being of good understanding. Attest Hilliard Veren Cl. The original will is preserved jn the Court Files of Essex county. A tao-simile of it is here presented. Lot, b. about 1624 (aged "about fifty years" in his will dated 24 September 1674 [EQC 5:431]); m. as her first husband Elizabeth Walton, bp. Seaton, Devonshire 27 October 1629, daughter of Rev. William Walton (her brother Nathaniel Walton names her "Elizabeth Conant" in his will [EQC 5:254; NEHGR 142:368]). She m. (2) Lynn 10 January 168[1/2] as his third wife Andrew Mansfield Sr.
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