To be quite honest, that is a thought that I have had as well. I know that he "bailed her out" with the last three children she had out of wedlock, so he must have thought he was her father. My aunt Harriet told tales of him playing with them, getting on the floor playing horsey, many many hugs, and said he was a wonderful grandpa. I don't remember Grandpa ever mentioning his mother or his own childhood, he talked quite a bit about his brothers, Lem, Cal & Will, and was quite close to his sisters but when I started genealogy, the name Yearout came as a complete surprise. Actually grandpa's burial records said her name was Gearout, and if you look on some of the really old forums you will see where I searched for Gearout, butfound it listed as Yearout in several other documents. I didn't begin to get it figured out until me and Judy (cousin) went to Maryville and met with a Wayne Yearout, who is said o be the guru of Yearout in TN. I explained who I was, he told me to come inside, have a cup of coffee, he had a story to tell me. He took out Glenn Alvin Yearout's book and showed me what it said, then told me it was all a lie, a coverup, and then he told me of another Yearout who had been looking for us.I came home, looked up William Yearout and made a phone call, only to be told that he had died 3 weeks prior. The person who answered the call then gave me the phone # of Mildred. I remember asking her if she knew Edna Yearout. She paused a good long minute, then said, "yes, she was my great grandmother". Thats when we made another trip to Ootlewah and I met my lost cousin for the first time. Mildred was a virtual storehouse of information. She said her and William had been looking for us for years, but were looking for Yearout's and didn't stop to think we actually went by Stinnett.