They had one son, Richard Ray Nichols born April 1886 in Ohio. Sometime between his birth and the 1900 US Census, Rephenia and Willis moved to Michigan. Willis was a carpenter. In 1910 Rephenia was a land lady of a boarding house. Willis would gather sea shells and sell them to the button factory.
- 1870 United States Census, Village of West Lebanon, Paint Township, Wayne County, Ohio, Line 27, Page 28. The August Gurnsey family.
- 1900 U.S.Census, Clinton County, Michigan; 1900; Vol.16, E.D. 14,
Sheet 9; Line 36; National Archives, Pittsfield Region, Mass., T1052 Roll 164 (Soundex), Roll T623,708 (Census); Notes: Willis L. Nichols, Wife Rephenia C., and son Richard R. living in Olive Twp
- 1910 U.S.Census, Kent Co., Michigan; 1910; Vol.50, ED 112, Family #231; ; Federal archives, Pittsfield, Mass., T1268 Roll 159 Soundex, T624 Roll 658 Report; NOTE: Willis Nichols, Wife Rephenia and son Ray living in Grand Rapids
- 1920 U.S. Census, Kent C., Michigan; 1920; Vol 53, ED 84, Sheet 10;
Line 16; Federal Archives, Pittsfield, Mass.,M1568 Roll 186 Soundex, Roll 779 Report; NOTES: Willis Nichols and wife Rephenia living at 128 E. LaBelle St., Grand Rapids.
- 1930 US Census, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan, SD 7, ED 41.
WIllis L. Nichols
- Certificate of Death; 1943; Michigan Department of Helath,
Bureau of Records and Statistics; File #61 – 4738; NOTES: Rephenia Gruissy Nichols
- Family letters, documents & interviews