Capt. Joshua Conant

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Joshua Conant, Jr.

Birthplace: Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
Death: before 1706
of, Truro, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Joshua Conant, Sr.; Seeth Grafton and Seeth Gardner
Husband of Christian Conant and Sarah Eldredge
Father of Joshua Conant; Keziah Conant; Caleb Conant; Sarah Eldredge and John Conant
Half brother of Mary Hardy and Abigail Andrews

Occupation: Master mariner
Managed by: James Ray Hudgins
Last Updated:

About Capt. Joshua Conant

17. Joshua8 {Joshua, Roger), b. 15 Apr., bapt. 4 June, 1657; was of Salem. He removed about 1700 to the north part of Eastham, now Truro, Barnstable co., Mass., with his family. No further record of him has been found.

He married

  1. (1) 31 Aug., 1676, Christian, dr. of Richard Mower, or More. She was bapt. 5 Sep., 1652, at Salem, and d. 30 May, 1680. Her g. s. remains in the Charter Street Burial Ground, at Salem, and bears the following inscription: "Christian Con an [t], wife of Joshua, and daughter of Richard More, died May 30, 1680, aged 28 years." Richard More came in the Blessing, 1635, aged 20 yrs.; was a mariner; joined the church 1642; freeman 28 Feb., 1643. (Savage.)
  2. (2) 9 Jan., 1690-1, Sarah Newcomb.

Child of Joshua and Christian (more) Conant :—

  1. Joshua, b. 12 May, 1678 (bapt. 13 Nov., 1678?).

Children of Joshua and Sarah (newcomb) Conant:—

  1. Kezia, b. 8 Nov., 1691.
  2. 56. Caleb, b. 13 Nov., 1093 (bapt. 2 Dec, 1693?).
  3. Sarah, b. 12 Apr., 1695.
  4. 57. John, b. 19 Apr., 1700.


From Conants in America:

"In the spring of 1689 news of the landing of William and Mary in England, and the Revolution against King James, reached Boston, and the colonists deposed Sir Edmund Andros—then Governor of all New England—who was supposed to be plotting with France. Andros was sent to England for trial. The trouble with France continued and on Sep. 17, 1689, several vessels belonging in Salem were captured by a French fleet and carried to Port Royal; among the prisoners was Joshua Conant, whose statement of the capture follows:"

"Joshua Conant testifieth: That he being Commander of the Ketch Thomas and Mary of Salem, he was taken by three French Ships off from Torbay near Cansir upon Tuesday the 17th of September last, two of which were Ships of War the other a Merchantman, and being put on board the Admiral viz the Lumbuscado and therein carried to Port Royal a Prisoner. Mr. Mero told me that the French on board told him, that there was ten sail of them ships of war came out in company together from France, and that they came directly from France and were bound to Boston in New England and that Sir E. A. had sent to the French King for them and that the Countrey was to be delivered up unto their hands: but hearing that Sir E. A. was taken and now held should not proceed at present but threatened what they would do next summer ..."

From Savage:

"JOSHUA CONANT; master mariner; removed to Eastham (now Truro) about 1700; married first Christian More Aug. 31, 1676; she died May 30, 1680, aged twenty-eight married, second, Sarah Newcomb Jan. 9, 1690-1; children: 1. Joshua,4 born May 12, 1678; 2. Kezia,4 born Nov. 8, 1691; 3. Caleb,4 born Nov. 13, 1693; lived in Truro; married Hannah (Lombard?); had children; 4. Sarah,4 born April 12, 1695; 5. John,4 born April 19, 1700; lived in Provincetown, married Kezia Lombard Oct. 18, 1725; had children."


  1. A history and genealogy of the Conant family in England and America, thirteen generations, 1520-1887: containing also some genealogical notes on the Connet, Connett and Connit families (Google eBook) Frederick Odell Conant Private print. [Press of Harris & Williams], 1887 - History - 640 pages. Page 163


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Capt. Joshua Conant's Timeline

June 15, 1657
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts
May 12, 1678
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
November 8, 1691
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
November 13, 1693
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
April 12, 1695
Salem Massachusetts
April 19, 1700
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 48
Truro, Barnstable County, Massachusetts