I too am looking for information about Howell Carroll and was delighted to discover your message. My wife is descended from Ruffin Carroll, son of Howell Carroll. I discovered this information on this past Friday (1/12/2001) while visiting the Johnston Co. Discovery Place. I previously thought the Ruffin I needed was the son of James and had been a soldier in the Confederate Army, but was shown my errors in Smithfield. I learned that he was the son of Howell and his first wife, but no other ancestors were available. Have you had any luck? Let me know where you are searching and what your connection is to Howell. Look forward to hearing from you.