Thank you very much for sharing. I am well read on my 4th great grandfather Silas :)
The brief synopsis you read is but a small part of what he owned and did. Even in that one it says he was poor "in comparison" to what he had before. He still owned land (which I still live on today), was a Judge, and was quite comfortable until his passing.
I am also well read on Ira, as Silas bought Highgate, Swanton, along with most of St. Albans, Georgia, Fairfax, Fairfield, Colchester, Burlington, Sheldon, Shelburne, Essex, etc. from ira and his brothers.
I'm also aware of the court case vs. your ancestor. No hard feelings :) I think lots of times those guys were all friends, hung out together, played together, conducted business together, and sued each other regularly.
Swanton is right next door; I go there often and can almost see it out my window. if I can be of any assistance to you there please let me know. I could take cemetery or farm pics for example.
Maybe the store is still standing? I could take pics for you or even make you a video of the inside, outside, and surrounding view. Happy to do it.