Nicholas was born to Johann Gasper and Anna Arens in Schleidweiler, Kreis Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany on 16 Sep 1843.
He emigrated to America in the late 1860's and lived in Minnesota for a few years, then joined a group of settlers from Germany in making their way to Tipton, Kansas (then called Pittsburg), where the new settlement was being laid out. He homesteaded his land, and a few years later was joined by other family and neighbors from Schleidweiler, including Barbara Schmitt, who he married in Tipton on 23 Jul 1877. He and Barbara had 4 children, Anna, Anton, Catherine and Margaret, before Nicholas' death in 1884.
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