Anne B. Van Blarcom, Percy H. Ballantine

Windy Brow Farm, Newton, was the scene Saturday of the wedding of Miss Anne Breckridge [sic] Van Blarcom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Van Blarcom of Newton, formerly of Nutley, to Percy H. Ballantine of 360 Mt. Prospect avenue, Newark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Ballantine of Lake Wales, Fla., formerly of Newark. Rev. George C. Vincent of Union Congregational Church, Montclair, officiated.

Mrs. Ralph Inslee, in whose home the wedding took place, was matron of honor for her sister and William Cochrane of Broomall, Pa., the bridegroom’s brother-in-law, was best man.

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Wedding Announcements from the New York Times

Miss Sara Streit Riker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Marsh Riker of 83 Lincoln Park, Newark, was married to Andrew Van Blarcom in the South Park Presbyterian Church, Newark, last evening. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Lyman Whitney Allen, pastor of the church. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Berrian Riker, while Leonard [sic] Van Blarcom, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. The flower girls were Miss Marguerite Riker and Miss Prudence Durand, and the bridesmaids were Miss Elsie Riker of East Orange; Miss Alice Allen of Williamsport, Penn.; Miss Annie Orr of Pittsburg [sic], Penn.; Miss Matilda Dodd, Miss Elizabeth Carter, and Miss Elsie Tripp of Newark. The ushers were Harold Dodge, Franklin Conklin, Jr., and Henry Kays of Newton; Robert Southard, Charles Inslee, and Ralph Inslee of New York. Owing to a recent death in the bride’s family, there was no reception. (New York Times, May 10, 1906)

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Three Biographies of Andrew Van Blarcom

Andrew, second child and eldest son of Lewis and Mary (Thomson) Van Blarcom, was born in Newton, Sussex county, New Jersey, November 12, 1881, and is now living in Newark, New Jersey.  He was educated at the Newton Collegiate Institute, after which he read law in the office of Mssrs. Count [sic] & Howell, Esquires, and was admitted to the New Jersey bar as attorney in February, 1902, and as counsellor in February, 1905. Since that time he has been in the general practice of his profession in Newark, New Jersey, where he is regarded as one of the rising men of the present generation.  In politics Mr. Van Blarcom is a Republican.  He is a Presbyterian, and a member of the Essex Club of Newark, of the Lawyers’ Club of Newark, and of the Wednesday Club.  May 9, 1906, Mr. Van Blarcom married in Newark, Sara Streit, daughter of Joseph M. Riker.  Children:  Andrew Jr., born April 19, 1907.  Sarah Hunter, born September 24, 1909.

Source:  Lee, Francis Bazley.  1910.  Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey.  New York:  Lewis Publishing Company.  

Andrew Van Blarcom, one of the rising lawyers of Newark, New Jersey, is a representative in the seventh generation of an old Dutch family which came to American from Blarcom or Blerkum, Holland, from which town the family name is derived. He is a son of Lewis and Mary (Thomson) Van Blarcom, the former, also an attorney, having served with distinction in the Civil War, in the course of which he lost a leg by amputation.

Mr. Van Blarcom was born in Newton, Sussex county, New Jersey, November 12, 1881. He was educated at the collegiate institute in his native town, read law with Coult & Howell, was admitted to the bar of New Jersey as an attorney in 1902, and as a counsellor in 1905. He engaged in the practice of his profession in Newark, New Jersey, in 1902. The firm of Raymond, Mountain & Van Blarcom was formed September 1, 1908. January 1, 1910, Mr. Van Blarcom was appointed assistant prosecutor of Essex county.

His political affiliations are with the Republican party, and his religious with the Presbyterian church. He holds memberships in the Essex, Lawyers’ and Wednesday clubs of Newark.

Mr. Van Blarcom married, May 9, 1906, Sara Streit, daughter of Joseph M. Riker, and they have children: Andrew J., Sarah Hunter and Mary Thomson.

Source:  A History of the City of Newark. Volume III. 1913. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. 

Occupying a position of prominence in the legal fraternity of New Jersey, Andrew Van Blarcom is one of this State’s outstanding attorneys and a member of the well-known legal firm of Riker & Riker, having offices in the Federal Trust Building at 24 Commerce Street, Newark.  Mr. Van Blarcom is descended from some of New Jersey’s pioneer settlers, and the history of this section is replete with accounts of the important and constructive part which the members of this family have taken in the development and upbuilding of the State through successive generations.  He known as an attorney of great ability and achievements, while he is also a counsellor-at-law of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey.

Mr. Van Blarcom was born in Newton, November 12, 1881, son of Captain Lewis and Mary (Thomson) Van Blarcom (see preceding biography).  Captain Lewis Van Blarcom was a prominent attorney and counsellor-at-law, and an active factor in State politics, also a veteran of the Civil War.

Andrew Van Blarcom was educated in the public schools of Newton and later prepared for the legal profession, being admitted to the bar of New Jersey as a practicing attorney at the February term, 1902, and as a counsellor during the February term, 1905.

Source:  Honeyman, A. Van Doren.  1927.  Northwestern New Jersey:  A History of Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex Counties.  Chicago:  Lewis Publishing Company.