Pleasant Baker McCarrell was the son of Joseph G. and Jane McCarrell, being one of a family of eleven children. His paternal grandfather, James McCarrell, was born in Scotland. but, coming to this country, settled first in Virginia, then moved to Tennessee, settling in Knox County. His grandmother came from Pennsylvania, but was of Irish descent, hence the Scotch-Irish characteristics of our subject. P. B. McCarrell belongs to a family of singers, and was himself a fine singer. His grandfather was educated for a preacher. but discovering his real gift, decided to be a singer. When Dr. J. R. Graves lectured and preached in Blount County he lead Brother McCarrell associated with him as his singer. They were so well suited to each other, Dr. Graves said, "When I get to be bloody, `Bake' McCarrell shall be my Sankey."
http://knoxcotn.org/old_site/tnbaptists/McCarrell_pb.htmWe also know that James McCarrell originally settled in Virginia.
P. 339. Mar. 26, 1785. Jas. McCarroll, in consideration of 100 pounds, paidby John Logan, sells all his household furniture, within & without doors,sixhead of cows, 13 head of sheep, 7 head of hogs, waggon and furniture and 4 horses, also smith tools, in forks of James River, for his entering special bailfor him, to be delivered up when sd. Logan is released from sd. special bail.We also found in the book Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia, Volume 3 page 315 that James McCarrell sold 260 acres called Snoden's Spring to John Joans (Jones) on 27 March 1761 for 12 pounds. He moved to the Knox County Tennessee area to the place pictured above.
Witnesses: W. Davidson and Geo. Poage.P. 339. Mar. 26, 1785.