In 1817, Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the Hartford Asylum for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb. It was at this school, the first of it's kind, that American Sign Language was created.
Did you have an ancestor that attended such a school? Maybe, Gallaudet University, which was founded in 1864?  Or perhaps Alexander Graham Bell's oralist school?  Could you be a descendant of one of these men name above?
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 Harvard Linguistics Department, "Deaf History Timeline," American Sign Language at Harvard (https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/asl/deaf-history-timeline : accessed 23 August 2021), para. year 1817.