He was born some time between 1819 and 1821 (see birth year below). In 1860, he is living with his father, Joshua and working as a farmer.  He owned approximately 175 acres "on the waters of Brush Creek" in Randolph County. 
He served in the Confederate Army, Company M of the 22nd Regiment NC Infantry Volunteers. He enlisted on June 10, 1861, age 40. This was the day the 12th regiment was formed. Later to become the 22nd, to avoid confusion with the NC 12th State Troops.  He died in 1862. April 30th and May 16th are both given as his date of death.  Lawrence Routh gives his date of death as May 16, 1862.  His father, Joshua, filed a claim for death benefits on December 17, 1864.
There is no information provided about how or where he died. It is my assumption that he died on May 16th from wounds he suffered in battle on the previous day. Soldiers were more likely to die of illness than in battle, but with a number of hospitals in the area, and no hospital records for him, it leads he to believe he was killed in action. The 22nd NC Infantry was fighting just south of Richmond, VA on May 15, 1862.  On April 30th, they were somewhere in the Richmond/Williamsburg area, having last fought on April 20th in battles at both places. Hopefully at some point, more records will be available to give more answers. Hennings-109 23:38, 7 April 2016 (EDT)
I have found no burial records for him. He is probably one of the many unknown soldiers buried in the area. Hennings-109 12:42, 8 April 2016 (EDT)
Birth year: The 1860 census list his age as 40, making his birth year 1820,  but errors on census records are common. He was listed as 40 when he enlisted in 1861  (1821), but Lawrence Routh list it as 1819. 
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