Debbie - I don't show the Skates family, but I have a ton of William and Thomas Carrolls in North Carolina - And I have only begun to scratch the surface. Unfortunately, the Carrolls had a bad habit of naming all of their children the same "base" names - William, Thomas, James, John, Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, etc. - and their children would do the same. Even the more exotic names like Absolum, Seaborne, Solomon, Sterling, Piety, etc., would be repeated. In the 1850 NC census - there was a William, Washington and Samuel Carroll in Cleveland County, NC. - If I'm not mistaken, Cleveland County used to be part of Lincoln County, or at least adjacent to it. And that is the area it appears my family came from.
Betty Lou - I believe your Raford Carroll was the son of the Raiford Carroll from Sampson County, North Carolina - But I am not positive. I am still researching that fact. I will keep you posted as soon as I find out for sure.