I am related to Peter as follows: Chris VB s/o John Henry VB s/o Forrest William Harding VB s/o Samuel VB s/o Peter. My dad and I started working on the family history back in the early 80s as a school project, but have been on hold for about a decade. We have been working on David Van Blargan's decendants including his son James' line. Just started working on the history again and, at present, are entering all of our records into our database.
Think we have most of the Van Blargan male descendants down to the 1910 Census, but have had a real difficult time with the female lines and spouse's surnames. We have given up hope of ever tracking down the families of Peter's great aunts (James' sisters) who probably anglicized their first names like James. We have no idea where to find marriage records for James or his two brothers who where married in Pennsylvania, David and Samuel. Other researchers have identified David's first wife as an Applegate and Samuel's wife as the daughter of Henry Strawser, but we haven't been able to find any records to support this.
We have the same problem with Peter's aunts, although the will of Garret VB provides their married names (did two of them have to marry Millers in central Pennsylvania?) Sheryl Clark recently shared with me her research on William and Catherine Miller, but I have been unable to positively identify Maria Naus or Sallie Miller. Also, the Klingaman Family History identifies Peter's mother as Rebecca Klingaman, which fits our records, but we have no documentary evidence. Any help you could give us would be greatly appreciated.
Also, we do not have any family pictures from the Van Blargan side (Forrest being the youngest child, and his father passing away a few years after he was born).
I do not know how much help we can be to you, but would be happy to share any information we have. We have gathered some family stories including a few interesting family memories of the name change from Van Blaricom to Van Blargan.
Thanks again for your offer of help!
Chris Van Blargan