That is hard to top Josh. The castle story is awesome!
While my family has a glorious history of military service, alcoholism, and mental illness that would lend itself well to a novelist- there is little to single out as particularly facinating.
My father was considerably older than my mother, and he had come over from Germany just in time he and his brothers to fight for the US in WWII. I've heard some facinating stories about Normandy, but it's not like anyone owned a castle off the coast