Sterling Carroll may have been a popular name. There is a Sterling Carroll listed as a son in John Carroll's will dated 20 Jul 1759 in Northampton Co (formerly Bertie Co)NC. This Sterling was born about 1734 and died about 1813 in Moore County, NC. His siblings were John, Thomas, Charles, Agnes, Betty, Tabitha, Sarah, Marthew.
This Sterling's brother, John, also had a son named Sterling who is listed in his will of 1822 in Moore Co, NC. Sterling (2) siblings were: John, James B, Alexander, Jesse, Polly (m. John Martin), Charlotte, Hulda (m.Edmond Wade), Sister (m. Tinsley Wade), Susannah (m. Francis Myrick)