Family tradition says my John Decovin (b. 1808, d. 1882) was a Dutch bondboy or ship carpenter who jumped ship somewhere in Maine. His daughter's death certificate states he was born in Bethel, Maine (but who knows if her son really knew). Have been unable to find any ancestors, John just suddenly shows up in the 1870 Brunswick, Maine census. He married Mary Jane Stevens (b. 1806, d.1881). Their children:
Samuel, b. 1839, d. 1839.
John H., b. 1841, m. Hattie Frances Holbrook?
m2? Marietta (Maloon) Tarr.
Farnham, b. 1842.
Joseph S., b. 1844, d. 1928, m. Maria C. Dustin.
Georgie Ann, b. 1845, d. 1929, m. William Curtis Berry.
The Decovin name, spelled this way, is very rare so suspect it may be a variation of DeKoven? especially since family tradition seems to match some of what I've seen on this message board. Any ideas would be appreciated. Would like to hear from any descendents, also.