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Conant Family Papers
0.5 linear feet (1 box, 2 volumes)
The Conant Family Papers
contain financial records of Aaron, his son Nathaniel, and Nathaniel's son, Elbridge
Scope and Content Note
The Conant Family Papers contain financial records of Aaron, his son Nathaniel, and
Nathaniel's son, Elbridge Fiske. Although tailoring entries are included in Aaron's
ledger, the bulk of his daybooks and ledger account record rum, molasses, and sugar
sales suggesting that he maintained a distillery in addition to his tailor business.
Nathaniel's ledger (Folder 2) documents his activities as a shoemaker. The beginning
of this volume also contains masonry accounts for an unknown Gloucester resident.
Elbridge Fiske Conant's account book (Folder 3) calendars his watch repair business
in Exeter, New Hampshire. The family papers (Folder 4) include photographs and a
certificate (1904) from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions for
one share "in the new missionary vessel for Micronesia", owned by William M.
Aaron Conant (1752-1816) was born on November 25, 1752 in
Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was a tailor. He married Eunice Dorman on March 18, 1779.
They had four children: Samuel; Aaron; Nathaniel; and William. He moved from Ipswich
to Topsfield, Massachusetts, where he died January 14, 1816 from a wound inflicted
by his shears. He served in the Revolutionary War in Capt. John Dodge's company of
Colonel Gerrish's regiment.
Aaron Conant (1787-1880) was born on May 13, 1787 in
Topsfield, Massachusetts. He was a stagecoach driver for 30 years for the Eastern
Stage Company on the Portsmouth to Boston route. After the advent of railroads, he
became a shoemaker. He married Mehitable Merriam in November, 1815 and they had
three children: William; Nathaniel; and Aaron Franklin. He died in Ipswich on
December 12, 1880.
Nathaniel Conant (1795-1872) was born in Topsfield,
Massachusetts on October 5, 1795. On October 4, 1819 he married Elizabeth Kilham
Dodge. They had 5 children: Abraham; Hannah; Rebecca; Elbridge; Albert. He died in
Topsfield on March 10, 1872.
Elbridge Fiske Conant (born 1829) married Belinda
Rogers Whitnall on July 10, 1858. He died sometime before 1884.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Conant, Aaron, 1752-1816
Conant, Aaron, 1787-1880
Conant, Elbridge Fiske, b. 1829
Conant, Nathaniel, 1795-1872
Boots and shoes--Trade and manufacture
Clock and watch making
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
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