My VAN PELTs dropped the VAN and just went by PELT, but that was started by the brother of my 3rd great grandfather who was Jonathan PELT (nee VAN PELT) who was born in NC (Craven Co.) and went to Jackson Co., FL with his father John VAN PELT. We are related somehow, but I don't know enough to be able to help you. There was a John VAN PELT in Lexington Co., SC who probably wasn't my 4th great grandfather, but had to have been related also.This was in the early 1800s. After leaving NY for NC, they just got around everywhere. There are quite a few VAN PELT records in Craven Co., NC about the VAN PELTS and if you're in the NC area, the library at Fayetteville has quite a bit of info.The Charlotte PL is great for genealogy, but I haven't looked for VAN PELT/ PELT lines there. There is a book done by Chester Hayne PELT, Sr. of Jackson Co., FL (now deceased) in 1992 pub. by the Higginson Book Co. that has quite a bit of the southern PELTs in it, but he mostly concentrates on the line that went to FL.There are quite a few mistakes, but it's a good guide.For instance, my 3rd great grandfather and his brother died young with no families.They went to TX by 1857 and both had families.