My greatgrandfather Willaim M. Yaws was born in Louisiana in 1838. I think the name Yaw somehow got changed to Yaws. My fathers birth certificate has Yaw on it but actually his father and grandfather were named Yaws. Mary Ann Scott. email email@example.com has done a lot of research and may be more help. She and I have have exchanged quite a few records. If you can connect with Willaim M.Yaws I would appreciate the connection.