According to my notes, William Carrigan Van Pelt (circa 1828-1898, or some sources have him born Oct. 1828, died 3 June 1900) was a brother to my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Jane Van Pelt (1831-1905, Mrs. Levi Bell). They were among ten children born to William S. Van Pelt (c.1799-1851) and his wife Mary "Polly" Carrigan (c.1800-1840s) who were married in Cabarrus Co. 10 Oct. 1821 (marriage bond date).
William C. Van Pelt married Harriet Sims (I didn't know her first name was Martha, dates I have are born 27 Dec. 1833-11 Oct. 1894) on 22 Aug. 1855, and had the following children: Margaret Lenora Van Pelt (1856-1940, m. Nelson Hucks), Lester Van Pelt (c.1857?), James William Van Pelt (1857-1927, m. twice), Laura Isabella Van Pelt (c.1861-1929, m. Pinkney Leroy Stowe), Mollie Van Pelt (c.1864), Louise Van Pelt (c.1868, m. Charlie Thomas), Iva Van Pelt (c.1872, m. Jim Lawing), Minnie Van Pelt (c.1873, m. James Frank Riley), Thomas Van Pelt (c.1875), and Essie Van Pelt (1877-1957, m. William Richard Nance).
William was a Confederate soldier, and enlisted 21 March 1862 at Cabarrus Co. NC in Company A, 52nd NC Regt. a private, age given as 28 (?), a farmer. He surrendered with his company on 9 April 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Va.
Going backward.... William S. Van Pelt (c.1799-1851) was a son of Simon Van Pelt, Jr. (1738-1799) and...perhaps... Ruth Reed. Simon received Rev. War pay vouchers, but I do not know if he was a soldier or supplied the troops. He was born in NY, lived for a time in eastern NC (Bertie Co.) and came to Mecklenburg Co. in the 1770s. He probably married several times. Simon was a son of Simon Van Pelt (1715-c.1769) and Maria "Mallie" Adams, who came from New York to Bertie Co., NC in the 1750s. The elder Simon was a son of Johannes Janszen Van Pelt (c.1680-?) and Sarah B. Leroy. The Van Pelts were an old Dutch/Belgian family who had come to New York in 1663 from the Netherlands. I can give you more details on this.
William S. Van Pelt's wife was Mary "Polly" Carrigan, a daughter of James Carrigan, Jr. (c.1770-1840) and his wife Margaret, whose maiden name is unknown to me. James was a son of James Carrigan (10 Dec. 1714/6-8 Feb.1793) and his wife Isabel Brown (c.1727-23 Sept. 1804), who came to America from Cootehill, County Cavan, Ireland, in the 1750s. James and Isabel are buried at the Coddle Creek Presbyterian (now ARP) Church, near Mooresville, NC.
William S. Van Pelt and Mary Carrigan had ten children: James Simpson Van Pelt (c. 1822-1864, a Confederate soldier, killed in the War, m. Sarah Amanda Minster), John Richard Van Pelt (1824-1911, CSA soldier, m. three times), Margaret Isabella Van Pelt (c.1826-aft. 1900, m. Charles P. Van Pelt), unknown son born 1826/30, per census, William Carrigan Van Pelt (c.1828-1898/1900), Mary Jane Van Pelt (1831-1905, m. Levi Bell), Thomas S. Van Pelt (c.1832/4-aft. 1900, CSA soldier, m. Nancy J. Douglas), Hugh Franklin Van Pelt (c.1834-1863, CSA soldier, killed at the Battle of Chancellorsville), Samuel Ely Van Pelt (1838-1907, CSA soldier, m. Isabella Douglas) and an unknown daughter, born between 1836 and 1840, not on the 1850 census.
My Mary Jane Van Pelt (1831-1905) married Levi Bell (1812-1893, son of Walter Bell and Hannah Ross) in 1858. She was his second wife. They had six children, the second of whom was Mary Rhetta Bell (1862-1947). Mary Rhetta married Ernest Marion Field (1866-1902, son of John Andrew Field and Mary Adeline Wilkinson) in 1888. They had eight children, the seventh of whom was John Levi Field (1899-1963), my grandfather. I never knew him, as he died before I was born.
I'd love to compare notes with you.
John Field Pankow