Name

Conant Roger

Career

Business/Commerce

Occupation 1

Early New England settler

Occupation 2

salter of fish

Region

NA/New England region

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Born

1592

Died

1679

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Came to Plymouth in 1623 from England's West Country, where he was engaged in fish-processing as a salter. Moved to Ann Naumkeag (near the present Salem) in 1625 to try to revive the foundering fishing community on Cape Ann by the Dorchester Company and deposited there by Captain Robert Gorges in 1623. His group folded into a larger one led by John Endecott, upon its arrival in Salem in 1628. Both groups designated themselves as "Old Planters," as distinguished from the Puritans (e.g., the Rev. Francis Higginson) who came later and with whom they were at religious odds.

Conant left Salem in 1636, unhappy with its "Puritanization" and moved north up the Cape Ann coast to Beverly, which achieved status as a town in 1667. There he engaged in fishing and farming. Conant was one of the more adaptable and successful members of the advance party of the "Great Migration."