My G-G-Grandfather was Major Hardy CARROLL (or Carrell) who was born 1791 in Sampson County, NC, lived and died in Stokes County, NC. He was the son of Alexander Carrell and the Grandson of Dempsey Carrel, Sr. of Sampson/Duplin County, NC.
In the 1790 Census of Sampson/Duplin, there were ten CARROL families. One was Alexander and there was living not far away another Hardy Carroll. This Hardy was in the Rev. War, came back to the area and died there in Duplin County abt. 1826. I am certain Alexander and Hardy were related, but so far, I don't know how.
In 1845, one Hardy Carroll was hanged in Franklin County, NC for burglary. That is not far from Duplin County. His trial and verdict were instrumental in getting the penal code changed in NC, because he was hanged for stealing a pair of suspenders. You can read about that below.
NOW.... Who can tell me to which family THIS Hardy Carroll belongs, because there is a good possibility I am related to him. :-)
"Ante-Bellum North Carolina: A Social History: Electronic Edition."
Johnson, Guion Griffis, 1900- 1989
CHAPTER XXII THE CRIMINAL CODE
"ONLY ONCE had the public mind been greatly agitated over reform in the court system; but frequently, from the opening of the century to the close of the period in 1860, the public was aroused over reform in the criminal code. When Hardy Carroll was hanged in Louisburg in the spring of 1845, the State press used his case as a means of stirring the public to vote for reform. "Perhaps there never was a case, which more strongly illustrated the want" of change, wrote the Raleigh Register of May 6. "He had a monomania for stealing and had been convicted capitally, we believe, three times for Horse stealing, but escaped each time, either by praying the benefit of Clergy, or through some defect in the record." He was finally hanged for grand larceny, the article stolen being a pair of suspenders."