My grandfather William M.Yaws was born in Louisiana in 1838. I think the name Yaw somehow got changed to Yaws. My father's birth certificate shows Yaw on it, but, acutally his father and grandfther were named Yaws.MaryAnnYaws Scott,email email@example.com..has done a lot of research on the name and may be more help. She and I have exchanged records. If you can connect with William M. Yaws I would appreciate the connection.