I have some info on James Parker Chew but not the name of his father. He was b. April 10, 1832, in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., Pa. In the 1850 Fed. Census, he is found living with his mother, Mary (or May) Chapman Chew, in Carlisle, Pa. in the home of the Andrew Blair family. James was an only child in 1850.
In 1852 he moved to Lawrenceburg, Dearborn Co., IN. He is still in this place in the 1860 Fed. Census. His mother, Mary Chapman, is living with him and his family. There is more census data through the year 1920. He is listed as a publisher and editor. The 1920 census shows his parents both born in PA.
I have not found a marriage record for Mary Chapman to a Mr. Chew. It has been suggested by some researchers that there was never a marriage, thus the story about his father dying just before his birth. The absence of any siblings in census data supports either the death or the love affair scenarios. We'll probably never know.
If you get a lead on his father's name please contact me so I can update my files. Thanks.