Richard Conant was born in East Budleigh on May 16, 1548 and died in East Budleigh on Sept 21, 1630 at the ripe old age of 82!
In 1588, Richard was assessed for lands in East Budleigh of the yearly value of £4, Richard Conant and Henry Cowde were church-wardens of the parish in 1606, and in 1616 Richard Conant again filled the office. In the year 1600 he paid a "malt rate" of 4s. In 1630 he is rated at 2s 6d., his rating being next to the highest in the parish, which was paid by a member of the Arscot family, and the only other who paid over one shilling.
The Marriage Registers of East Budleigh lack the names of females from the beginning to 1605; but the date of Richard Conant's marriage is given: "4 Feb., 1578." Luckily this omission is supplied by theRegisters of Colyton where the marriage took place. There it is recorded that "Rychard Counnett, the sonne of John Counnuett, of Easte Budleye, was wedded unto Agnes Clarke, the daughter of John Clarke, senior of Collyton, the iiij. daye of ffebruary, 1578." Colyton is a market town of Devonshire, twenty-two miles east of Exeer and about eight miles east of East Budleigh. Richard and Agnes Conant were buried on the same day, 22 Sep., 1630*. Both are spoken of in the Life of Dr John Conant as persons of "exemplary piety," and judging from what is known of the character of their children this was undoubtedly the case. His will, which is printed in full, is preserved in the Archdeaconry Court of Exeter, and was proved 13 Oct., 1631.
*"Richard and Agnes Conant were buried on the same day, 22 Sep., 1630." How can this be? No records found for cause of death for either Richard or Agnes.
When Richard Conant was born on 16 May 1548, in East Budleigh, Devon, England, his father, John Conant, was 28 and his mother, Marie Budeley, was 23. He married Agnes Clarke on 4 February 1578, in Colyton, Devon, England. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. In 1616, at the age of 68, his occupation is listed as church warden. He died on 21 September 1630, in East Budleigh, Devon, England, at the age of 82, and was buried in East Budleigh, Devon, England. He was a Church Warden in 1606-1616, by then the church in England was Anglican since Henry VIII had earlier split with the Pope.
The clerical tradition was prominent in the Conant family. Richard Conant – Roger’s father – had been a churchwarden at All Saints’ Church just as Sir Walter Ralegh’s father had been. Three Conant family members served as ministers of religion.