Excerpt from The Decatur Genealogy
The following genealogy is a complete list of all the descendants of Stephen 'decatur, who came to Rhode Island about 1746 and was the first Decatur in this country.
Some families now bearing the name have either Changed or dropped ... their own family names to assume that of Decatur, and have no kinship with this family Others have named their children from admiration of the heroic deeds of Commodore Decatur.
But the hereafter-named were and are the only ones entitled to bear the name of Decatur as descendants of the Stephen Decatur of Newport, R. And who were or are connected with his family by descent or marriage.
The following data has been taken from family rec ords, documents, Bibles and from histories.
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