I have been in touch with Mark Valsame, and apparently bugged him enough that he asked me to quit writing him. The information I received from my cousins and from my g-grandfather indicates we are related - however, Mark disputes that fact based on his belief that the William and James Carroll that moved to Tennessee are different than the William and James Carroll that he says never left Johnston County. Mark makes some valid points, and I have therefore completely re-evaluated the research that my forefather passed down to me. Mark contends that my g-grandfather received inaccurate information unknowingly (apparently the same information submitted by Mr Parkin) from an unreliable genealogists? Right now, all I have to go on is the listing in the book of "The History of Marion County" (Tennessee) that states my ggg-grandfather (Jacob Carroll) was the brother of William and James Carroll (along with George and Daniel) - the sons of William M Carroll b-abt 1770-2 from North Carolina. As you probably know, there were a lot of Carrolls (including the various spellings of Carrell, Carrol, etc) all over North Carolina. I have not ruled out the possibility that my William M Carroll was actually William McCarroll and the "M" was not for his middle name, but was actually the first letter of his last name? (McCarroll) - I am still searching every crook and cranny I can find. I am even looking into the possibility that my William Carroll is the cousin of Mark Valsame's William M Carroll. Thomas, Daniel, Nathaniel and William Carroll all appear to be related? How - I am still trying to find out. I at one time thought I had my line in order until I recieved an e-mail from Mark and it has thrown my research upside down - but made it more interesting. From what I see posted here and on various sites on the net, William M Carroll has been very elusive!