Amy, we must be kin, I have an ancestor Charles Pistole, born in Bristol Parish, VA. I just happened to run the name PISTOLE on a search. I don't have my info on him handy, but I descend from a daughter of his who married a Standifer in VA; then they moved to TN.
This is all very sketchy, but I haven't looked at this information in some time.
Email me I will dig up some more that I have on Pistole. I will also add some to this message board. frances