Dave, You may have a Melungeon grandpa! They did stuff like that!! Always brick walls. Not to say finding that he was a Melungeon is going to help you any, but they ARE interesting folks. See my Allen/Alley?? post for a short overview and try some of the following urls: Melungeon Definition: http://www.geocities.com/melungeonorigin/Definition2000.htmlhttp://www.geocities.com/melungeonorigin/Definition2000.html Also includes several urls.