You write about the downside of all the family lore about interesting characters. I think you're so fortunate to attach stories to people, to see their role (large or small) in history. If you can substantiate these tales with archival documents, then you'll leave your family a valuable document. I envy you. My own interest started because I heard a few stories about Bosheviks and I wanted to know more and more and more. The rest is history.
Shrifteilik (Starokonstantinov, Odessa, everywhere)
Boyarskiy (Kiev, Lida)