Very interesting. There certainly could be some connection. My David McCarroll shows up in Grayson County around 1820-30. I see that Joel Simmons may have been the son of Ephraim Seamonds who married the widow of John Pugh. Most of my research is on the Pugh family. I am wondering where the information came from about Joel's marriage to Betsey McCarroll in 1778. I see a posting on RootsWeb but the person is just citing online databases with no real sources. The Pughs and the Seamons were in Richmond and Amherst counties. Any other clues you might have could be helpful.