At some point I realized I knew more about Stringfellow's history than my own; I've now traced my family to 1870. Before that, the census didn't list slaves by name.
Our buying this place has inspired other locals to research their families and to connect. They've even sent funding and volunteered to help us finish the house. We're still living nearby and working on it on weekends, but the goal is to make this our forever home. I don't really play the lottery, but if I hit it, we'll be moving in that much sooner.