Caswell County, NC, did not exist in 1761, so your Joel Cannon could not have been born there.It was formed in 1777 from Orange Co., NC. Orange was formed in 1752 from parts of Bladen County, Granville County, and Johnston County.However, it is possible that your Joel Cannon was from Virginia.Some members of a Cannon family came to Caswell Co. They were children of Jeremiah Cannon and Elizabeth (perhaps Elam). Jeremiah was born before 1734, perhaps in Henrico Co., VA, and he died before 18 Aug 1767 in St. James Northam Parish,Goochland Co.,Virginia.The name Joel occurs in this family. Jeremiah's son Benjamin B. Cannon & wife Henningham had a son Joel born about 1795 perhaps in Henry Co., VA. In some records their name Cannon was spelled Kennon, probably because the clerks who kept the records were confused by a Virginia Kennon family, who pronounced their name "Cannon" and who lived in some of the same places that Cannons did. You may be able to connect your Joel Cannon with this family if you do some research on them.