Author: Tom Nicholas

Buckshot (Bucksnort?) Creek, Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Buckshot (Bucksnort?) Creek, Pottawatomie County, Kansas

This brochure encourages the purchase of land twenty miles either side of the Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad. The Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad lies primarily from Atchison to Concordia and north. There is a full map of the area on the reverse side of the brochure. Also included are brief descriptions of Marshall, Brown, Jackson, Riley, Pottawatomie and Nemaha counties. There is a drawing of the Blue Rapids Woolen Mills and power plant.

Creator: Union Pacific Railroad, Central Branch
Date: January 1880

This handbook was published by the Modern Argo, Kansas City, for potential immigrants to Pottawatomie and Riley counties in Kansas. A short description of Davis County is also included. This pamphlet encouraged agricultural settlement by extolling the virtues of this ‘beautiful Kansas (river) valley’. Crops grown in the area included corn, wheat, oats, and rye. A number of stock farms, such as Juniatta Stock Farm and Woodside Stock Farm, are described in the booklet. The booklet contains information about dairying operations and orchards. There are descriptions of the towns of Manhattan (including the State Agricultural College), Wamego, Louisville, Westmoreland, Milford, and Belvue. Some illustrations of farms and businesses are also included.

Date: Between 1880 and 1889

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At Peru State College, on Tuesday morning, April 25, 1950, Professor Barney K Baker shot to death the college president, Dr William L Nicholas, and the head of the education division, Dr Paul Ammon Maxwell. He then went home and killed himself. The tragedy followed Dr Baker’s being notified of his future dismissal from the college.

Land Patent

Land Patent

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Nebraska Family Farms

Nebraska Family Farms

Google Map illustrating the location of the farms owned by

1. Benjamin Lewis NICHOLAS

l-r Matha Anne (Annie) B: 1881 (Kansas), Benjamin Lewis B: 1856 Wales), Mary Theodocia B: 1883 (K), Margaret (Benyon) B:1857 (Wales) & Sarah Jane B:1887. Picture taken at the family home in Elk Creek, Custer County NE ~1888.
l-r Martha Anne (Annie) B: 1881 (Kansas), Benjamin Lewis B: 1856 (Wales), Margaret Brittanna B:~1885 (Nebraska), Mary Theodocia B: ~1883 (K), Margaret (Benyon) B:1857 (W) & Sarah Jane B:~1887(N). Picture taken at the family home in Elk Creek, Custer County NE ~1888.

2. Hans C PETERSON – (Han’s son Nels W Peterson married Benjamin’s daughter [Mary] Theodocia) and

3. William IHLOW [later changed to Eloe] – (William’s son John ELOE married Benjamin’s daughter Elizabeth [Marion] in 1915).

Click here to see the Plat Map of Custer County (from 1904) overlaid on the latest Google Map. This will open in a new window and you can use the controls (on the right of the Historic Map Works page) to select ‘Satellite’, Zoom (on the left of the page) to read the names and use the ‘Change Map Opacity:’ to reveal the exact location of each farm
Robert N ELOE (1922-1943)

Robert N ELOE (1922-1943)






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John Nicholas THOMAS

John Nicholas THOMAS

John Nicholas THOMAS was born 28 March 1869 in Whitland, Carmarthen, Wales.(Link to Hourglass Chart)

Father: Benjamin THOMAS b: 1839 in Castelldwyran, Carmarthen, Wales
Mother: Sarah NICHOLAS b: 1843 in Llanycefn, Pembroke, Wales

In 1871 he listed as living with his parents and siblings in Llangan, Near Narberth, Pembrokeshire) (1871 Census)

In 1881 he listed as living with his parents and siblings at the family farm Parkyteg (Parc-y-teg), Llanddewi-Velfrey, Pembrokeshire (1881 Census)- Parc Y Teg, Llanddewi Velfrey, Narberth, Dyfed, SA67 7EG

In September 1892 at the age of 23 John emigrated to the United States. He sailed to New York on the SS Britannic from Liverpool, via Queenstown in Ireland.(now know as Cobh, but known, from 1850 until 1920, as Queenstown,  a seaport town on the south coast of County CorkIreland.) He arrived in New York on Sep 10, 1892. On the ship’s manifest he is listed as John N. Thomas, aged 23 years from England (& English?) but his last address before leaving for New York is South Wales (Residence in 1892 was Brynhafod Farm, Llanddewi Velfry, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, South Wales before emigration to USA – Brynhafod Farm, Llanddewi Velfrey, Narberth, Dyfed, SA67 7EG)

In 1900 he married Evie Mae SCRUTCHFIELD
Birth: Jan. 21, 1877 Chariton County Missouri

John and Evie Mae had only 1 child Evie May THOMAS who was born Feb. 1, 1901 in Randolph County Missouri, USA. Unfortunately Evie Mae died 4 day later on Feb. 5, 1901 aged 26 years.

Evie May married Minton F Moore in about 1921
Birth: Mar. 27, 1901, Campbell County, Virginia, USA
Son of Charles R Moore (1862-1925) Will Ella Craig (1865-1906)
Death: Jan. 19, 1963, Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri, USA
Burial:Sugar Creek Cemetery Moberly Randolph County Missouri, USA

In 1903 John married Ida Irene SCHUENEMANN

Birth: 1870 (Missouri, USA) [in Wales]
Death: January, 1949 in Laclede County, MissouriChildren

Albert Charles THOMAS
Birth: August 17, 1913 in Huntsville, Randolph County, Missouri.
Death: Oct. 30, 1988

Sarah Louisa THOMAS
Birth: November 11, 1903 in Moberly, Missouri.
Died: Sep. 10, 1992

Augustus Benjamin THOMAS
Birth: December 21, 1904 in Moberly, Missouri.
Death: May 16, 1984

William Henry THOMAS
Birth: Feb. 10, 1907.
Death: Oct. 27, 1976

Martha Elizabeth THOMAS
Birth: May 26, 1910 in Huntsville, Randolph County, Missouri
Death: Apr. 30, 2002 Lebanon Laclede County Missouri, USA

Benjamin Lewis NICHOLAS – Wales to Kansas, April 1881

Benjamin Lewis Nicholas was my great great uncle who emigrated, from South Wales, to Kansas, USA in the early 1880s.

Benjamin was born on the family farm, Holloway Fach (Lower Holloway), near the hamlet of Penffordd (part of the parish of Bletherston) near Narbeth, Pembrokeshire, Wales on March 10, 1856. His parents were my great great grandparents Thomas and Martha (Lewis) Nicholas.

In February 28, 1881 Benjamin married Miss Margaret Beynon, a native of Merthyr, Tydville, in Glamorganshire where he had served on the police force for six years. Margaret’s  parents were John and Ann (Williams) Beynon.

In April of the same year, Ben and Margaret sailed to America, from Liverpool for New York on the “SS Bothnia”Leaving Liverpool on Apr. 09 and arriving in New York on Apr. 19

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