Rufus Ira Stephenson was the youngest child of John Stephenson and Martha Marie Cannady Stephenson. He was born 20 April 1886 in Johnston County, North Carolina. His siblings:
Martha Mariah "Mattie"
He married Ella Rossie Wallace on 21 May 1911 in Johnston County, NC. They had six children:
Rufus died 7 November 1960 in Wake County, NC.