I don't know anything about his parents, but could you tell me anything about his descendants?
My 2nd great grandmother was Mary Jane Van Pelt (1831-1905) who was the second wife of Levi Bell (1812-1893). They were married in 1858, and their marriage contract was signed by John R. Van Pelt, perhaps her brother. I am afraid that is all I know. Mary and Levi lived at Coddle Creek, on lands that had been in the Bell family since the 1750s, and they are buried at the Coddle Creek Church. This is on the border between Iredell and Cabarrus Counties.
Mary and Levi had six children: Minerva, Mary Rhetta, James Neil, Margaret, Elizabeth Isabella, and Woodly Fain. My great grandmother was Mary Rhetta, who married Ernest Marion Field (1866-1904) in 1888. They had seven children, and the next to youngest was John Levi Field (1902-1963) my grandfather.