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Alan D. Decato

Updated September 5, 2000

Research beginning in 1967 has uncovered about 1500 ancestors, all lines finding entrance to North America via Canada. My paternal line goes back to Trois Rivieres in the presence of Pierre Lefebvre. Pierre's adventures included about three months as a captive of the Iroquois. Pierre returned to become the Mayor of Trois Rivieres in 1658 & 1660. His son Ange was Lt. of the millitia. His dit name "Descoteaux" (of the hills), came from the prominance overlooking the St Lawrence River (now a park with historic markers) where he built his home to keep a look-out. The family name "Lefebvre dit Descoteaux" became "Decato" due to the apathy and ethenic bias of the Caanan, New Hampshire town clerk when registering the family's land purchases. Through most of the 19th century french names were anglicised with impunity.Other lines that I have focused on include French Canadian, Acadian, and I hope to find Irish ancestors immagrating through New Brunswick or Nova Scotia.

Alan David Decato
RR 1, Box 2470
Chippenhook, Vermont 05777
United States
Fax: 802-438-0024

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