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Arvin B Congleton 1939-2006

Arvin Congleton was a great grandson of Benjamin Lewis Nicholas.

He was born on March 13, 1939, in Holland MI, the son of the late Clayton and Harriett (Burrows) Congleton.

Arvin grew up in Ft. Lauderdale FL, resided several years in Cambridge MA, and lived in the state of New Hampshire since 1974. He graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering and was employed by Raytheon for many years in the radar and missile systems division. At Raytheon, he assisted with the development of the guidance system of the scud busting Patriot Missile. A ham radio operator, Arvin had a fascination for antique radios, receivers, and transmitters.

He was a member of the New England Antique Radio Club, the Photographic Historical Society of New England, the New Hampshire Astronomical Society, and the Chester Senior Citizens Group.67, of Chester NH, died October 26, 2006, at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry NH.

He died October 26, 2006, at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry NH.

BIRTH13 Mar 1939 Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan, USA
DEATH26 Oct 2006 (aged 67) Derry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
BURIALGreat Hill CemeteryChester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Source: FindaGrave

How did Thomas Nicholas meet Martha Lewis?

One of the questions that has remained unanswered is how Thomas Nicholas (1820-1898) met and married a girl born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, almost 200 miles north of Bletherston!

Unable to find a Martha Lewis, born: Manchester, Lancashire, England between 1821 and 1825 (1823 +/- 2 years) in the 1841 Census of England & Wales; I ordered a copy of Thomas and Martha’s marriage certificate which confirmed that Thomas and Martha were married 23 June 1842 at St Non’s Parish Church, Llanycefn, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Using the information on their marriage certificate and on the assumption that most couples in the UK marry in the bride’s home parish I searched the 1841 census again but limiting the location to Llanycefyn, Pembrokeshire, Wales and extending the range of Martha’s birth year to +/- 5 years and the first entry found was as follows:

Sych Cant, Llanycefn, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, Wales


Source: 1841 England, Wales & Scotland Census

The address ‘Sych Cant’ was the address shown on the marriage certificate so I believe this was the right ‘Martha Lewis’. However the head of the household was Evan Lewis born 1791, occupation: Farmer. Unfortunately the 1841 Census only recorded the address, first name, last name, sex, age and occupation and the relationship and place of birth were not recorded. Also an Evan Lewis is one of the witnesses who signed Thomas and Martha’s marriage cerificate. Therefore we must assume that Evan Lewis was not Martha’s father but possibly her uncle and her father, David, was Evan Lewis’ brother.

I then went to the National Library of Wales website to search the Welsh Tithe Maps (1840) to identify the location of the ‘Sych Cant’ farm farmed by Evan Lewis and discovered that the farm is located on the road from Llanycefn to Maenclochog…

Holloway & Whitehook in 1840

Link to a Tithe Map from 1840 showing the Ownership, Tenancy and extent of both Whitehook and Holloway Fach

Holidays in Wales 1950s

Holidays in Wales 1950s

Holloway Fach

Lloyd George Nicholas 1916-2010

Lloyd George Nicholas 1916-2010

Lloyd George Nicholas was born Oct. 27, 1916, to John and Elizabeth (Guhde) Nicholas in Custer County, NE, USA. He died, at home, aged 93 on Aug. 28, 2010 ( Summerfield Marshall County KA, USA)

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Sibling: Lewis L. Nicholas (1918 – 2013)

Parents: John Bowen Nicholas (1873 – 1950) / Elizabeth Marie Ghude Nicholas (1884 – 1963)

Spouse: Dorothy Arlene (Breunsbach) Nicholas (1918 – 2013)

Born: Nov. 18, 1918

Died: Mar. 24, 2013 – Summerfield, Marshall County, Kansas, USA

Dorothy Arlene (Breunsbach) Nicholas 94 passed away March 22nd 2013 in her home. She was born November 18th 1918 to the parents of Francis and Nettie Breunsbach. Dorothy attended a one room country school up until eighth grade. Then she attended Summerfield High School and graduated in 1936. In 1940 Dorothy married Lloyd Nicholas and in 1941 Dorothy and Lloyd moved to Sarasota Florida. While living in Florida Dorothy worked at the Dime Store and Sears. In the 1950’s Dorothy and Lloyd moved back to Nebraska on a farm in Pawnee County. In 1952 Dorothy and Lloyd adopted their son Larry and in 1962 they adopted Alice. During the nineteen 50’s and 60’s Dorothy was a stay at home mom and helped her husband farm their ground. In 1983 Dorothy and Lloyd moved from their farm in Pawnee County NE to their current home in Summerfield K.S. In 1983 Dorothy became a grandma to her first granddaughter Kari and in 1992 came her grandson Steven. During 1990’s Dorothy and Lloyd retired from farming. Dorothy favorite hobbies and pastimes included baking, quilting, playing board games with her grandchildren and drinking coffee every morning with her friends at the Summerfield café. Dorothy was deeply involved in her church to where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. Dorothy was also involved in Red Hat Club, State Line Club and Summerfield Senior Citizens Club. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Francis and Nettie, husband Lloyd Nicholas in August of 2010, son Larry Nicholas in April of 2010, grandson Nicholas Roberts, sister Ruby and Lester Russell, niece Maxine Rivera. Dorothy is survived by her daughter Alice( Rick) Weyer of Beatrice, NE, granddaughter Kari (Phil) Stewart of Lincoln, NE, grandsons Steven Roberts of Summerfield, KS, special friend,Kirby Jackson of Lincoln, NE. Services 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Presbyterian Church, Summerfield, Kansas. Officiating Reverend Herb Schrader. Visitation on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from Noon-8 p.m., family greeting friends from 6-7 p.m. at Wherry Mortuary, 919 G Street, Pawnee City, Nebraska. Interment at Mission Creek Cemetery, rural Liberty, Nebraska. Memorials to family choice.This is from Wherry Mortuary web site.

Family links:
Francis D. Breunsbach (1885 – 1949)
Nettie May Breunsbach (1890 – 1990)
Lloyd George Nicholas (1916 – 2010)
Larry Dean Nicholas (1951 – 2010)


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

Land Patent

You can search for your ancestor’s Land Patent’s on the Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site

Benjamin Lewis Nicholas’s Land Patent’s, in Nebraska, can be found here and here

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