In my studies of the Carroll families, I find that many people think that these 2 Samuels are one in the same. But as I am sure you know they are not. You can find both on the census records with separate families, and as you mentioned, enough old information from deeds, obits, etc. to show that they are 2 separate individuals. My posting about your Samuel and Amanda was merely to help verify this information. Indeed, I believe these 2 Samuels are related. Probably, but not positively , first cousins. I base this on my families studies, records and documents that have been shown to me or copied for me by my relatives. Mainly, to accompany the photo I mentioned, I have a document by my gg grandfather that states that his brother Samuel Carroll was born in January of 1819 and was married to Lucinda and there were 8 children born to this union. He mentions a daughter of Samuels' that married a gentlemen named Wilkinson and also mentions a son that was a noted methodist minister for the Holston Conference. In all of our documents, we never find Samuel married to anyone besides Lucinda Swann. Basic information on this branch of Carrolls can be found at the State archives in Charleston WV and also at the Lincoln county genealogy society.
Your Samuel, I think, is related, although I can't prove it. He was too close ,in location, to the rest of them, not to be related somehow. I did find an obituary for Amanda Black Carroll dated 1908 that states Mr Carroll was still alive and was age 99. This puts his birth around 1809. I don't how correct this is. It does not give his first name.
I hope this information may be of some help to you. I apologize for rambling, but with all the people doing genealogy on the internet, it's very important that we verify all these "facts". I have been lucky because some cousins are older than I am, and have studied our family for years. Good luck with your research and if I can help in any other way please contact me by email.
Thank you for you time
John E Carroll
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